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Walking the Nile
Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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The Nile, one of the worlds great rivers, has long been an object of fascination and obsession. From Alexander the Great and Nero, to Victorian adventurers David Livingstone, John Hanning Speke, and Henry Morton Stanley, the river has seduced men and led them into wild adventures. English writer, photographer, and explorer Levison Wood is just the latest. His Walking the Nile is a captivating account of a remarkable and unparalleled Nile journey. Starting in November 2013 in a forest in Rwanda, where a modest spring spouts a trickle of clear, cold water, Wood set forth on foot, aiming to become the first person to walk the entire length of the fabled river. He followed the Nile for nine months, over 4,000 miles, through six nationsRwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan, and Egyptto the Mediterranean coast. Like his predecessors, Wood camped in the wild, foraged for food, and trudged through rainforest, swamp, savannah, and desert, enduring life-threatening conditions at every turn. He traversed sandstorms, flash floods, minefields, and more, becoming a local celebrity in Uganda, where a popular rap song was written about him, and a potential enemy of the state in South Sudan, where he found himself caught in a civil war and detained by the secret police. As well as recounting his triumphs, like escaping a charging hippo and staving off wild crocodiles, Woods gripping account recalls the loss of Matthew Power, a journalist who died suddenly from heat exhaustion during their trek. As Wood walks on, often joined by local guides who help him to navigate foreign languages and customs, Walking the Nile maps out African history and contemporary life. An inimitable tale of survival, resilience, and sheer willpower, Walking the Nile is an inspiring chronicle of an epic journey down the lifeline of civilization in northern Africa.
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Soubhiville
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In 2013 Lev Wood started at a deceptively small spring in Rwanda said by some to be the modest beginning of the great Nile, and set out to walk the entire length of the river.

There‘s a lot of history of the counties he crosses, along with stories about and told by the people he meets along the way, and of course he describes the amazing landscapes. It‘s not an easy trek, but I enjoyed taking the journey with him. #readingafrica2022

Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books this is the first of my birthday audiobooks from the #LibroFM birthday gift you sent me. Thank you, I really liked it! 2d
Hooked_on_books Hooray! You‘re so welcome, and clearly you chose wisely. 😉 I‘m planning to listen to this one for the challenge, too. 2d
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Bookwormjillk
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I enjoyed this travelogue about walking through Africa along the Nile. I truly knew very little about the path of the Nile, and since I had two small children in 2013-2014 when he walked I also appreciated the refresher on what was happening in Africa during those years. Thanks @Cinfhen for getting me to finally pull this one off my shelf. #ReadingAfrica2022 #SouthSudan

Cinfhen I‘m so happy you enjoyed 💜 I just love the way he writes about his experiences and the people he meets along the way. Like Mama Fina, Boston and Matt Power (💔) 1mo
Bookwormjillk @Cinfhen yes, agree! And when he began to realize his actions were putting other people at risk. 1mo
Librarybelle I had someone come into the library the other day saying how great this book is! @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen Really @Librarybelle !??? That‘s so random!! As this book was published almost 10 years ago!! Glad to see it‘s still in circulation 🥰 1mo
Librarybelle I thought it was a very happy coincidence! 😂 I almost asked if the patron was on Litsy to see if they were doing the #ReadingAfrica2022 challenge! @Cinfhen (edited) 1mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Good call @Cinfhen

I‘m loving this one so far!

Cinfhen Yay!!!!! I‘m so relieved 😅 thanks for letting me know 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Lev Wood is the most delightful travel companion you‘ll ever come across!! This was my second time journeying with him and I LOVED every minute!!!! I learnt a ton about the places he visited and really felt like I was experiencing first hand all that he saw. Really fantastic!!! Using for #Uganda but works for #Rwanda #Tanzania #SouthSudan #Sudan #Egypt #ReadingAfrica22

BarbaraBB I have books for those countries already but I might read it anyway. I am now reading a travel book too for Congo by a journalist that‘s very good: 1mo
BarbaraBB Have you heard anything about my parcel? It should have been delivered at May 5. I mailed it April 28, so May 5 seemed pretty ambitious to me but I haven‘t heard since 🤨 1mo
Librarybelle I will really have to check this out! 1mo
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Cinfhen Blood River sounds great @BarbaraBB no package yet but mail has been extremely slow 🥺I sent something your way too , but it will probably be at least another 7 to 14 days! 1mo
Cinfhen Levison Wood is an ABSOLUTE MUST for me @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB I thought this one was even better than Arabia!!! I can‘t wait to read 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh wow, I traveled all of the Americas too, I really really want to read that one!! 1mo
BarbaraBB Ordered Walking the Nile 🙈 1mo
Cinfhen I don‘t think you‘ll be disappointed @BarbaraBB 🐒🐘🦏🐊 1mo
Megabooks Sounds really good ! Was this through scribd or hoopla? 1mo
Cinfhen I read it through #scribd @Megabooks but it might be on #Hoopla 🤓it was so good! 1mo
Bookwormjillk You talked me into it. Starting this tonight. 1mo
Cinfhen I hope you enjoy @Bookwormjillk Now im feeling the pressure😅 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Loving this one!!! You were right @jenniferw88 it‘s riveting!!!! I love the antics of Lev Wood and his buddy Boston
#ReadingAfrica22 So far I‘ve visited #Rwanda #Tanzania and #Uganda
Best type of travelogue - an adventurer who never complains or passes judgment

This is Mama Fina, the Ugandan witch doctor, Florence a baby vervet he rescues and a picture of Lake Victoria- the believed source of the Nile.

BarbaraBB Sounds great again! Just like Arabia! 1mo
Cinfhen So good @BarbaraBB I hope he has a book for #SouthAmerica or #CentralAmerica 1mo
Cinfhen Woohooo !!!! Thank you @jenniferw88 Yay!!!! I can‘t wait to read it 😁😘 1mo
Librarybelle I love travelogues that encompass so much of the writer‘s experience! 1mo
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Cinfhen
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After traveling with Levison through the Arabian Desert, I‘m super psyched to be Walking The Nile with him for #ReadingAfrica22 😊

jenniferw88 It's a good one! 1mo
squirrelbrain I have this on my shelf to read too..I think it fits a #booked2022 prompt - about an exploration,or similar? 1mo
Librarybelle Hope you enjoy! 1mo
Cinfhen He‘s such an engaging storyteller @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB and he has a fabulous sense of humor / which I really adore 1mo
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jenniferw88
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Clwojick Oooh! This sounds interesting! I love cross country walk/run books. Another favourite is from a guy that lived in my hometown in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and walked to New York City. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m planning on listening to this audio too!!! I loved his other travelogue that I read last year for #Asia 3mo
Librarybelle Stacking this one! 3mo
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BarbaraBB I loved his book Arabia top do I will certainly check this one out too! 3mo
jenniferw88 @Clwojick It was! It takes place just after the Arab Spring - 2013/14. 3mo
Cinfhen I have this queued/ I‘m looking forward 2mo
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jenniferw88
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⬇️ Tunisia - The Ardent Swarm
Zambia - The Old Drift

Egypt - The Kingdom of Copper, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, Egyptian Mythology, River God, Sipping from the Nile
Ethiopia - Scoop, What We're Told Not to Talk About
Kenya - A Spear of Summer Grass, Whoever Fears the Sea
Morocco - The Lioness of Morocco, The Man Between, Two Serious Ladies
Nigeria - Freshwater, The Girl with the Louding Voice, Girl Woman Other, ⬇️

jenniferw88 ⬇️ Nigeria (cont'd) My Sister the Serial Killer, An Orchestra of Minorities 11mo
jenniferw88 ⬇️ South Africa - Born a Crime, Plain Dealing 11mo
jenniferw88 ⬇️ Zimbabwe - The Fifth Child, This Mournable Body 11mo
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BarbaraBB This is incredible! I am super impressed and am going to copy your suggestions. Thanks 🤍🤍 11mo
Readergrrl This book is one of my favorites! I have an annotated/illustrated version that is amazingly helpful in deepening my appreciation of it!! 11mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB thanks, it took a while 🤣! Tagged book will cover more countries than south sudan (it's by the same author as Arabia for #readingasia2021), and the first Egypt book I've listed is actually #2 as I've already read #1. I also have some books I'm looking into purchasing for other countries not listed here. 11mo
BarbaraBB I still need to read Arabia but if it‘s as good as I expect it to be, your tagged book is an auto-buy for me! 11mo
Graywacke Terrific list! 11mo
Librarybelle This is so amazing!! 11mo
rockpools Amazing! And I really liked 11mo
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HeathHof
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#3books #thatmademewanttotravel Not always the cheeriest of circumstances for the people in these books but their descriptions of the scenery and culture made me want to hop right on a plane! ✈🌍🏞
@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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Book club book! Levison Woods *almost* walked the whole Nile but had to skip most of South Sudan due to what feels like civil war eternal. No explorer has made it completely through and most don't make it through Al-Sudd, pictured in the background. He started at one (contested) origin of the White Nile, in Rwanda. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy There are a few mentions of British people "discovering" parts of the region even though he mocks the "discovery" of the Rosetta Stone later in the book. He does have respect for the communities he passes through but understandably, he is treated with a wary surveillance, with frequent stallings due to bureacracy. ⤵️
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ReadingEnvy He can plan for some situations but loses a travel companion to heat stroke. It's not a region I will likely ever visit myself so I took my time and looked up more on the internet as I went. 2y
MariaW I saw the documentary, it was very and impressing. 👍 2y
ReadingEnvy @MariaW I'm glad I read the book as it has a lot more detail 2y
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Bookworm54
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Overall I did enjoy this trip along the Nile. From it‘s contested beginnings in Rwanda to the Mediterranean Sea, Levison Wood had an extraordinary journey. This was a massive feat of endurance and truly inspirational.

My main issue with this (and why it is a so-so rather than a pick) is that you never got a big insight into any particular part of the journey or the communities he spent time with. But it is hard to fit a year into one book!

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Bookworm54
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As I mostly read fiction, but have a reasonable number of non-fiction titles in my TBR, I need to try read some of them this year!

Each month I plan on picking 1 fiction book and 1 non-fiction book to read that month. For this month I have chosen my #LitsyAroundTheWorld book (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) as my fiction book, and Walking the Nile as my non-fiction.

#Explorer #Travel #Egypt #MiniTBR #NonFiction #MatchingBookmark #ArmchairTraveller

LeahBergen This one sounds good! 👍🏻 3y
SphinxFeathers I‘m about to embark on a literary journey down the Nile as well! Hope we both enjoy! 3y
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HeathHof
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An extremely good book about Levison Woods often dangerous travels through Africa along the Nile River and the people and political obstacles he met along the way. Definitely recommend.

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Micron
Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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I finished an enjoyable read of average prose style. I would rate it B plus A minus. Author delves a bit much into the politics of Africa for me, without talking enough about the actual trip itself. Obviously the planning and the walking must have been onerous but we were not privy to too much of this. Certainly the politics issignificant in Africa but I suspect more to this Brit than to most natives.

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HeathHof
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#seasonsreadings #bestofdecember picks🏞🐝🐠🐍

Melkyl The Secret Life of Bees ❤ 5y
Soubhiville Oh I'm stacking this, it sounds good! 5y
kspenmoll Loved Sue Monk Kidd's books; have Serpent King in TBR 5y
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HeathHof
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Happily reading about tropical 🌴 adventures by the fireside at my local library today because I can't handle that it's 34 degrees and snowing 🌨 again! 😬📚☀️

Texreader Fireplace in your library? That's awesome. 5y
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bblake24
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This book is AMAZING. It's full of adventure and history and politics and heartbreak. 100% worth reading.

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