Item description for Ethiopia: Off the Beaten Trail by John Graham & Philip Briggs...
Ethiopia is a country of endless stories and histories, many never heard outside this elusive country. John Graham has tirelessly traversed Ethiopia, and explored many nooks and crannies of this ancient land. From the China Road to the most remote mountain monastery Mr Graham has visited and documented those parts of Ethiopia rarely seen or discussed by the outside world. Beyond Aksum, Lalibela, and the Blue Nile Falls are places, ruins, and sights seldom exposed to the world at large, John Graham's Ethiopia: Off the Beaten Trail takes you to these unseen gems.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 7, 2001
Publisher Shama Books
ISBN 1931253110 ISBN13 9781931253116
Reviews - What do customers think about Ethiopia: Off the Beaten Trail?
Getting past the stereotypes - Ethiopia sounds cool Apr 20, 2002
John Graham obviously has a profound amount of affection and respect for Ethiopia. It's history, culture and joie de vivre. I'm not sure many Anglo-North Americans have thought about Ethipoia as a vacation destination, but Graham's description of dance bars in the big city, 2000 year old churches, and bustling villages and markets Make it seem far more real than the stereotypes we are used to.
Not that Graham makes it seem like the easiest place to travel, but he quickly gets way, way beyond the big-bellied child and desperate, doe-eyed mother of World Vision imagery to a nation of dignity and depth. The author understands the issues and includes things like when to trust a 'guide' and when not to. As the area's Program Director of Save the Children, he obviously knows what he's talking about, but he also makes it very clear that this mature nation has a wealth of experience to shareand expresses a deep committment to the real people of Ethiopia.
Graham's good, edging on sarcastic, humour makes this book an easy read. (The chapter about hitting a pedestrian walks the line between humour and horror with amzing balance). Whether you're planing a trip or not, this book should be picked up by anyone interested in history, religion, Africa, or working overseas. I wasn't even planning a trip, but I'm eager to find an opportunity as soon as I can.
Pretty much better than the "sign and the seal" Mar 12, 2002
THis is an "OK" book. Even though I know most of the stories in the book....I believe it did a good job in trying to introduce parts of Ethiopia many folks wouldn't know.:)