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The Ukimwi Road Readable but quite boring, a bit like digesting a series of lengthy emails from your eccentric elderly aunt about her recent bicycle trip in Africa I suspect this is the intended effect anyway despite her reputation for self effacement, Dervla Murphy spends the greater part of the book cultivating an image of herself as doughty adventurer with a thoroughly clear sighted understanding of the world s problems This begins to grate after a while Less so when she is documenting yet another jolly Readable but quite boring, a bit like digesting a series of lengthy emails from your eccentric elderly aunt about her recent bicycle trip in Africa I suspect this is the intended effect anyway despite her reputation for self effacement, Dervla Murphy spends the greater part of the book cultivating an image of herself as doughty adventurer with a thoroughly clear sighted understanding of the world s problems This begins to grate after a while Less so when she is documenting yet another jolly close shave with her bicycle, or telling us how little the evening s hotel or dinner costs which she does unfailingly throughout More when she cannot resist embroidering most of what she describes with her saloon bar opinions of the state of the countries she is travelling through Sisal and tobaccoexport crops on all those fertile acres, Africa still providing what the West needs at prices decided in the West a generation after Independence That said, much like a series of lengthy emails from your eccentric elderly aunt, you will want to keep dipping into it It IS rambling, but at least she moves along quite a brisk pace, and the accounts of the spread of AIDS ukimwe through the various people she meets ministers, truckers, girls turning to prostitution are grim but fascinating This is actually my second time reading this book I noticed several reviews that pan Murphy s insane trip by bike through forbidding territory and I feel these people just didn t get her Therefore, I d like to copy out my favorite line from the book which sums her up for me, and it s on p 125 of the hardback from a scene in Uganda where she is trying to buy milk I noticed Bushenyi s little milk depot and rejoiced, fresh milk being my No.2 addiction the attentive reader will by now have d This is actually my second time reading this book I noticed several reviews that pan Murphy s insane trip by bike through forbidding territory and I feel these people just didn t get her Therefore, I d like to copy out my favorite line from the book which sums her up for me, and it s on p 125 of the hardback from a scene in Uganda where she is trying to buy milk I noticed Bushenyi s little milk depot and rejoiced, fresh milk being my No.2 addiction the attentive reader will by now have discerned No.1 The attentive reader knows by p 125 that Murphy s first order of business when arriving at a stopping point is to get hold of a beer and this makes for some unique encounters above and beyond the fact that she s a lone middle aged Irishwoman on a bicycle from Kenya to Zimbabwe She s so very human with her foibles and this makes her forgive and forgive and forgive The Ukimwi Road is the riveting account of renowned traveler Dervla Murphy s most intrepid journey yet , miles by bicycle through the heart of sub Saharan Africa, a region that has recently drawn the world s attention as an epicenter of the AIDS epidemic ukimwi is Swahili for AIDS Along her route from Kenya through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia to Zimbabwe Dervla Murphy observed the harrowing problems of the people among whom she traveled She witnessed the devastating effects of AIDS, drought and economic collapse on the land, as well as the skepticism of Africans about Western development projects and aid schemes which promise so much but deliver so little She also discovered a wide range of reactions to AIDS, which has reached epidemic proportions in Africa, and which poses a new and mysterious threat to traditional family life [PDF / Epub] ❤ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✅ Ellen A. Easton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk miles by bicycle through the heart of sub Saharan Africa ❰BOOKS❯ ✬ The Light Over London Author Julia Kelly – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a region that has recently drawn the world s attention as an epicenter of the AIDS epidemic ukimwi is Swahili for AIDS Along her route from Kenya through Uganda ➶ [Reading] ➸ Cell By Robin Cook ➫ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Tanzania [Reading] ➶ Braving the Wilderness Author Brené Brown – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Malawi and Zambia to Zimbabwe Dervla Murphy observed the harrowing problems of the people among whom she traveled She witnessed the devastating effects of AIDS [PDF / Epub] ✅ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk drought and economic collapse on the land ➾ [Download] ➾ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, By Dean Koontz ➳ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk as well as the skepticism of Africans about Western development projects and aid schemes which promise so much but deliver so little She also discovered a wide range of reactions to AIDS [Read] ➱ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, Author China Miéville – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk which has reached epidemic proportions in Africa [Epub] ➟ Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and which poses a new and mysterious threat to traditional family life This was a fun book to read Murphy s observations are amusing and well written, and presented in a matter of fact way that generally avoids excessive romanticism about Africa and Africans The AIDS narrative running through the book was also interesting to me, as I d just read 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa written in the mid 2000s a few weeks earlier Murphy s book provided a trip further back in time to the early 90s, before treatment was an option in Africa, and while many countries were This was a fun book to read Murphy s observations are amusing and well written, and presented in a matter of fact way that generally avoids excessive romanticism about Africa and Africans The AIDS narrative running through the book was also interesting to me, as I d just read 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa written in the mid 2000s a few weeks earlier Murphy s book provided a trip further back in time to the early 90s, before treatment was an option in Africa, and while many countries were still finding their bearings on the epidemic I think this was also the first travel book I ve read that wasn t written by an 18 34 male it was nice to see travel through the eyes of someone who isn t young age garnered her fast respect and attention or male no underlying narrative about girlfriends or the need to get laid, hurray Finally and this may be the only downside to this book , while Murphy s experience exemplifies many of the complexities of a visit to sub Saharan Africa, she often comes across as a touch hypocritical or selective in her judgments She struggles with the white liberal guilt and wishes others would do , while acknowledging that NGOs and aid programs aren t as helpful as the West wants them to be She is critical of the wealthy expat life, while herself enjoying the privileges of being able to travel freely, visit private hospitals, and overnight with expat friends She scoffs at the backpackers and overland tours travelling a well rutted path through Africa, though she, too, is only seeing slices of African life and she ends up in many of the same places anyway, only staying in cheaper accommodations She tries hard to see the real Africa, and really wants you to believe she is, but she too is just another visitor to the continent She s a mzungu, after all doesn t matter how far off the tourist track she goes, she ll still experience life differently from the locals Murphy takes this bike ride across Africa when she is sixty years old, certainly an inspiration This book also seems a littlethoughtful and less given to large generalizations about people and cultures than the other book I read by her, Cameroon with Egbert A good travel mild adventure book. Reading it in 2012 I found myself viewing itas a historical travel book I found the writing to be disjointed some excellent descriptions of the landscape followed by long winded historical information often quoted rather than summarized I would also say that I found Murphy to be very judgemental maybe even cynical about many of the people she encountered along the way as well as the various situations the villages and towns found themselves in I plowed through to the end because every Reading it in 2012 I found myself viewing itas a historical travel book I found the writing to be disjointed some excellent descriptions of the landscape followed by long winded historical information often quoted rather than summarized I would also say that I found Murphy to be very judgemental maybe even cynical about many of the people she encountered along the way as well as the various situations the villages and towns found themselves in I plowed through to the end because every now and then there was a decent pearl of wisdom or an interesting person that she met There are many other books to read about Africa though that could also provide you with what Murphy does 60 year old Waterford writer, Dervla Murphy cycles from Nairobi to Zimbadwe in 1992 and finds the journey dominated by the AIDS epidemic ukimwi being the KiSwhaili word for AIDS The author encounters extreme continuous poverty and suffering and struggles with feminism and racial equality as many of those she encounters do not accept either though they suffer from them The up sides are the people themselves, being largely kind and generous, and the scenary Violence and political unrest are 60 year old Waterford writer, Dervla Murphy cycles from Nairobi to Zimbadwe in 1992 and finds the journey dominated by the AIDS epidemic ukimwi being the KiSwhaili word for AIDS The author encounters extreme continuous poverty and suffering and struggles with feminism and racial equality as many of those she encounters do not accept either though they suffer from them The up sides are the people themselves, being largely kind and generous, and the scenary Violence and political unrest are regular events and overall picture, similar to that painted by Ryszard Kapusinski, is of the devastation laid upon Africa by the European colonists and missionaries even where they occasionally tried to do good the results were were almost inevitably negative such as introducing a hut tax, i.e a tax on their home, in order to force the natives into paid, very poorly paid, work Dervla Murphy paints a negative picture of the 4 wheel drive aid providers who flock the country but provide few noticable gains Ukimwi, AIDS, the slim disease The epidemic permeated everywhere Dervla Murphy went and in every conversation she had along her four month bike ride through sub saharan and southern Africa in the early 1990s It was actually written a bit drily for how dire the subject matter was It was tough to read the descriptions of the havoc this epidemic had wreaked on the African population After AIDS, the next most common topic of conversation was Western Aid equally interesting, equally drily writ Ukimwi, AIDS, the slim disease The epidemic permeated everywhere Dervla Murphy went and in every conversation she had along her four month bike ride through sub saharan and southern Africa in the early 1990s It was actually written a bit drily for how dire the subject matter was It was tough to read the descriptions of the havoc this epidemic had wreaked on the African population After AIDS, the next most common topic of conversation was Western Aid equally interesting, equally drily written I feel like I know the skeleton of the issue from various classes I took in college, but couldn t speak intelligently about it Suffice it to say, Colonialism is obviously still such a powerful force across Africa That sounds like the most sheepish thesis statement of a thousand college term papers By the way, this woman is totally, totally insane The very notion of going on a four month cycling trip through deserts, mountains, unfriendly terrain and villages and cities with terribly poor infrastructure sounds like a death wish Especially when she crosses the border into Malawi, and everyone is like You re going to die on that road She didn t She also seemed totally ok with going days and days without speaking to a single soul, as she did that in the middle of the African wilderness between villages She also DIDN T TELL HER FAMILY OR FRIENDS WHEN SHE D BE BACK because she DIDN T WANT TO DEAL WITH EMAIL Truly a bicycle maniac.Anyway, it was a fairly interesting read, but kind of dragged a bit, which is a shame because it has the foundation to be a really gripping work of non fiction Ms Dervla Murphy, an intrepid and brave woman, takes us on a bicycle journey in Southeastern Africa Kenya to Uganda to Tanzania to Malawi to Zambia and finally Zimbabwe We experience these countries via her bicycle and her opinionated eyes.I did some cycling in North America when I was much younger Ms Murphy is doing this at the age of sixty on roads that are far tougher than anything here in North America many of her roads were unpaved She definitely has an iron constitution The vitali Ms Dervla Murphy, an intrepid and brave woman, takes us on a bicycle journey in Southeastern Africa Kenya to Uganda to Tanzania to Malawi to Zambia and finally Zimbabwe We experience these countries via her bicycle and her opinionated eyes.I did some cycling in North America when I was much younger Ms Murphy is doing this at the age of sixty on roads that are far tougher than anything here in North America many of her roads were unpaved She definitely has an iron constitution The vitality of this book is the many different encounters the author has with groups of people many of them very poor Her trajectory, which she did in the early 90 s, takes her through AIDS ravaged areas She did not know at the beginning of her journey that AIDS was to dominate every conversation she had There are remarkable discussions which ensue revolving around the epidemic, the role of women, the use or non use of condoms, polygamy, and Africa s growing role in the world Some of the people she meets have had their entire families lost or in the process of to the AIDS epidemic.Because she is cycling and a woman, she is anomaly The cycling puts her on an eye level contact with everyone.What is very reassuring is the needed and unsolicited assistance she gets, now and then, from the most destitute of people male and female.It is sad to think that since this book was written over twenty years ago, most of the people she met have likely died.This is a very worthwhile book for the diversity of encounters and the energy of Ms Murphy She must be high octane Page 235 36 my book Outside, the schoolboys came crowding around the window above the sink to observe me sitting on the draining board the only space available They are amazed , said the Chief, because we talk together socially Our tradition condemns this mixed sex talking, we say it leads only to misbehaviour Men and women have nothing in common to discuss, they live in different worlds But we know you have another tradition While this is classic Dervla , for me it was much less enjoyable reading than I have come to expect from her This is purely down to the time and the place Southern Africa Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in 1992 Aids really was reaching epidemic proportions, and yet the lack of understanding or acceptance by everyday Africans was an all time low Basically denial.In this book, Dervla, on her trusty bicycle follows a trail from one country to the next, interacting as Derlva doe While this is classic Dervla , for me it was much less enjoyable reading than I have come to expect from her This is purely down to the time and the place Southern Africa Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in 1992 Aids really was reaching epidemic proportions, and yet the lack of understanding or acceptance by everyday Africans was an all time low Basically denial.In this book, Dervla, on her trusty bicycle follows a trail from one country to the next, interacting as Derlva does with all walks of life She really is a brave woman, who puts herself in situations not always in her favour, and yet finds a way to see herself safely onwards.I found this book pretty hard going The Ukimwi Road means quite literally The AIDS Road, in Swahili and this book is 90% aids, and the effects of aids on people, community and country It was a sad, demoralising read It was an educating read, but not a pleasant one, not an enjoyable read, where most of the other Dervla Murphy books I have read have been uplifting and generally hilarious, this one was certainly not, except in very small doses.We are however treated to some Dervla ranting about the NGOs and aid organisations shiny new land rovers and backpacking overlanding tourists She also shares many tips on successfully obtaining beer in the least likely of places, including Christian boarding houses, and very small villages.I salvaged a short quote which fit the Dervla mould much better than the balance of the book P42 Dervla has just had a conversation with a doctor lamenting the local men didn t want to know about aids Certainly nobody in the large grubby restaurant wanted to know My two fellow diners were truck drivers being eyed hopefully by five adolescent girls in tawdry attire, clustered around the courtyard doorway Two into five doesn t go, I reflected But perhaps these two would go into five if their charges were low enough Sadly only 3 stars for this one, purely based on the repetitive nature of the aids problems


About the Author: Dervla Murphy

Dervla Murphy is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years She is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India Murphy is a famous speaker and writer on Palestinian issues She seeks the dissolution of Israel in its entirety.Murphy normally travels alone and unaided, without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people When not travelling, Murphy lives in Lis, as she has for most of her life.


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