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by Pasquale Scaturro,Richard Bangs


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Where Bangs' dialogue grates is in his treatment of Scaturro's sidekick, Gordon Brown

Where Bangs' dialogue grates is in his treatment of Scaturro's sidekick, Gordon Brown. Brown is raked over the coals for his irrational decisions and emotional tirades. Only at the end of the book does Bangs try to reconcile things by chalking up Brown's behavior to his cancer survivorship.

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Richard Bangs is an award-winning outdoor travel writer and adventurer, Pasquale Scaturro is a geophysicist who loves adventure.

Richard Bangs is an award-winning outdoor travel writer and adventurer, Pasquale Scaturro is a geophysicist who loves adventure. The two team up to provide the lively Mystery Of The Nile: The Epic Story Of The First Descent Of The World's Deadliest River.

Richard Bangs is a world adventurer, international river explorer, Web pioneer, and award-winning author of over a dozen books and hundreds of magazine . Mystery of the Nile by. Richard Bangs, Pasquale Scaturro.

Richard Bangs is a world adventurer, international river explorer, Web pioneer, and award-winning author of over a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles. He is also founding partner of Mountain Travel Sobek, America's oldest and largest adventure travel firm. He is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs Adventures with Purpose. An episode about Quest for the Sublime will air Fall 2008. Richard Bangs’s books.

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Richard Bangs is the author of The Lost River, for which he was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award. Pasquale Scaturro is a renowned geophysicist and adventurer.

Richard Bangs is the author of The Lost River, for which he was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award. The founder of Mountain Travel Sobek, an adventure-travel firm, he has written more than five hundred magazine articles and eleven books.

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An account of the first successful complete descent of the Nile River, made by renowned adventurer Pasquale Scaturro in 2004, traces his 3,250-mile kayak journey between Ethiopia and Alexandria, a geographical expedition that was marked by dangerous animals, bandits, militia, sandstorms, and other violent elements. 50,000 first printing.

Comments: (7)

Kajikus
Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown make the first "source to sea" expedition down the Nile. It is a splendid adventure that would make a great story. Unfortunately, the author spends nearly a third of the pages interjecting musings from himself (he wasn't there) and boring the reader with sideline stories that that have little if any connection with the current expedition. Just as the reader gets swept up in the adventure, the author interupts the scene with some left field factoid and destroys any sense of cadence. It's almost as bad as being in the grip of a televised Olympic event and having it interrupted by an inane story about the father of one of the athletes.

The author, Richard Bangs, wasn't on the trip but writes an almost first person narrative based on interviews with Scaturro and assorted other people. Inexplicably, he doesn't interview Gordon Brown who comprised a full 50% of the expedition. Instead he castigates Brown at every turn for being moody, violent, "silent for days", self-absorbed, etc., etc. At no point does the author offer any explanation why Brown might be behaving the way he does. The reader is left wondering why and a simple over-the-phone interview of Brown would have answered these questions.

In the final chapters Bangs decides (again, without talking to Brown) that Brown's anti-social behavior is linked to a brain cancer that has long-since been cured. Not only is it a convenient way for Bangs to avoid doing his homework and writing a definitive documentary; it's a blatantly cheap shot at Brown and any other person who has been challenged with a handicap - temporary or not.

This is a wonderful adventure that deserves an honest, accurate, and well rounded accounting by a first rate author who isn't afraid to dig for details and doesn't have some personal axe to grind.
Original
Read this book several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Have been looking for it ever since. It is a great read. Keeps you captivated on every page. Highly recommend it to anyone enjoying adventure stories.
Shazel
Richard Bangs' "Mystery of the Nile" takes the reader on a wild journey from the source of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia to the Mediterranean Sea. The story has all the elements of a great off-the-beaten-path adventure. You'll hear about Class VI rapids, obstinate government officials, ornery hippos, breathtaking scenary, and even the creepy intrusion of a tapeworm. The main problem with the book is that Bangs didn't actually make the journey. Rather, he relied on the journal entries and personal conversations with Pasquale Scaturro, an American outdoorsman who was the leader of this expedition.

Bangs can be forgiven for his vivid descriptions of scenes never seen. Poetic license, and all for the better. Where Bangs' dialogue grates is in his treatment of Scaturro's sidekick, Gordon Brown. Brown is raked over the coals for his irrational decisions and emotional tirades. Only at the end of the book does Bangs try to reconcile things by chalking up Brown's behavior to his cancer survivorship. There's no evidence that Bangs ever interviewed Brown following the adventure, nor attempted to come to terms with his side of the story.

Like watching a big-budget Hollywood movie, if you can ignore nit-picky things like gaping holes in consistency and reality, you'll certainly enjoy the experience all the more. There's a lot to like about "Mystery of the Nile", particularly if you're in it for the perils of the journey, not the personalities of those involved.
Orevise
In this second hand account we are promised an exciting narrative of the first full transit down from the the Blue Nile to the Mediterranean.

Bangs' writing is mediocre at best, lacking the insights and keen observation of someone like John McPhee.
Often Bangs resorts to simply listing things, such as bird species encountered along the trip. The author embarrasses himself with pretentious metaphors such as " a palimpsest of weeds and reeds." His geology is faulty as are his pseudo intellectual constructions: " Pasquale thought he had earned the privileged signifier in the expedition's semiotic. Pasquale and Gordon were on opposite sides of a Hegelian dialectic." Something like that. Basically he and the other main narcissist on the trip, Gordon, both thought they were in charge. Oh yeah, and it's not a trip, it's an expedition. Grandiose and self involved, both Scaturro and Gordon Brown are too self-involved to provide us with a vivid or fresh account of the life around them. Mostly this story is about petty squabbling among these unhappy campers and hassles with bureaucracies.
Mystery of the Nile download epub
Africa
Author: Pasquale Scaturro,Richard Bangs
ISBN: 0399152628
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Africa
Language: English
Publisher: Putnam Adult (February 3, 2005)
Pages: 304 pages