Christopher Ondaatje

Watching The River Flow

The Nile

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AS ROBERT O COLLINS admits in the bibliographical essay that concludes this excellent book, there is no shortage of literature about the Nile. From works about the search for its source to those about the discovery of the origins of man on its banks, and from Herodotus to Agatha Christie, the Nile’s waters have flooded writers’ imaginations and scientists’ curiosity.

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