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A Thousand Miles up the Nile [Kindle Edition]

Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards
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Amelia Edwards (1831-1892) was an English novelist, journalist and travel writer who, after visiting Egypt in 1873-1874, devoted her life to Egyptology and the protection of Egypt's ancient monuments. This volume, first published in 1876, contains Edwards' fascinating description of her life-changing visit to Egypt. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

"Recommended to anyone who enjoys 19th-century travel literature, Egyptian antiquities, or Elizabeth Peters' superlative mystery series featuring the redoubtable Victorian Egyptology sleuth Amelia Peabody Emerson." - Amazon Reviewer

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Amelia Edwards (1831–1892) was an English novelist, journalist and travel writer who, after visiting Egypt in 1873–1874, devoted her life to Egyptology and the protection of Egypt's ancient monuments. This volume, first published in 1876, contains Edwards' fascinating description of her life-changing visit to Egypt.

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  • Print Length: 528 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y183HC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure for those who love Egypt ! 25 Jun 2001
Format:Hardcover
How many of us dream about Egypt and read romantic mystery novels such as Death on the Nile or more recently the excellent books by Elizabeth Peters about Amelia Peabody and her husband Radcliffe Emerson. Well this book is the real thing ! A very detailed travel account by a lady who actually traveled in a "Dahabeeyah" all the way up the Nile in the second half of the 19th century and describes sights and sounds in a way that never fails to stir the reader. The way Amelia Edwards traveled upon the Nile and what she describes are what in essence every true lover of Egypt dreams about. How lucky she was to have the time and the means for such an unforgettable journey and how kind of her to have shared it with us in such a perfect manner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This review also applies to Part 2

I have been to Egypt three times now and it is fascinating to read Amelia Edwards account of her extended visit along the Nile in 1873. So much is exactly the same as now. The heat and sand are just the same. The power and magnificence of the temples is exactly the same and the Hieroglyphs are still beautiful and eloquent. The persistance of the Egyptian trinket salesman is as tenacious as it was then. Not many donkey owners tout for custom now but that has been replaced by a scrabble of Taxi, Calouche and Felucca owners.
The main difference is that Thomas Cook had only recently started trips to Egypt so in 1873 there were very few tourists whereas now there are hoards of tour parties at the main sights.
The style is rather old fashioned and everything is described primly. The Rough Guide and Tripadvisor of it's day. I would have liked some pictures and I think some other reprints do have them.
In summary an absolutely essential read for anybody with an Interest in Egyptology.
Please note that the Trotamundas reprint is in two volumes, Part 1 and Part 2 so you will need them both.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete. 20 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
Whilst the original book is worthy of five stars the Trotamunda Press paperback edition published in 2008 is incomplete. The original has 22 chapters and ultimately takes Amelia to Abu Simbel and back to Cairo whereas this edition finishes at Chapter 13 and leaves her stranded at Philae. Neither the publishers information nor the Amazon web page mentions this truncation. A bit of a swizz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Evocative description wrecked... 27 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
...I have never felt compelled to write a review before, despite reading many excellent works and never having a problem with the Kindle, but I felt I had to warn others before they took this particular version of this work. The author manages to create what I felt was a really evocative picture of her trip up the Nile sometime in the late 1800's and I was frequently lost in that world imagining the antiquities she was describing. However, the formatting was completely poor. Footnotes were randomly inserted into the middle of paragraphs in the same size and font often disrupting the thread of the narrative and making it hard to pick up again. In addition, the reproductions of the drawings were randomly sized and spaced with some pages clearly photocopied into the format and others converted somehow. I was also disappointed to see on the final page that the copy from which they were taken had been removed from a public library!

There may be better formats and the narrative itself may be worth persisting with, but for the formatting alone this deserves zero stars (it got 2 because I was engaged with the narrative). Try out other versions before you invest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A thousand miles up the Nile 29 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
No line drawings of views and finds finds etc. Text arranged in columns of three per page as in newspapers which made reading very difficult in what would otherwise have been a very interesting book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Miles - going nowhere 8 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Downloaded this onto Kindle to use for a class and very disappointed - hardly worth the trouble - very little content and the letter at the end, describing the 'find' at Abu Simbel was not complete, just the first page. Disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia always in my pocket 23 July 2014
By k barns
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is classic read for lovers of Egypt and its history - not only does it describe the temples and sites as they once where but also has wonderful insights into the Nile , its people and the flora and fauna of Egypt.

1st read this over 20 years ago while sailing the Nile from Cairo to Aswan - and my hard copy was purchased in Luxor - now this Kindle version will travel with me on the Nile in Jan 2015
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Miles Up the Nile 15 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
I have been on two third of the journey described in this book. Although this book was written over a hundred years ago, it make me relive the experience I had. It takes little while to get used to the expressions and wordings. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in ruined cities and aincient Egypt.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good read - very informative
Published 25 days ago by ruth gartland
3.0 out of 5 stars I had both expected, and hoped for, more 'travel' talk
I had both expected and hoped for more 'travel' talk but instead got a mass of detailed descriptions of Egyptology, much of which I then skipped. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book kept me enthralled from start to finish. Descriptions of life,scenery and family history very good. Was sorry when came to end of book.
Published 9 months ago by Gwen
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost world.
I read this book a long time ago and thought I'd like it on kindle so that I can dip into it whenever i like. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catherine Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars good
have not finished reading it yet but find good and taken me back to my time in eygpt and luxore
Published 15 months ago by robert fear
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reprint
"A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" is a book which is still compulsory reading for Egyptologists, but because the book is so hard to find, any reprint is valuable. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrew Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting account of an early,[potentially dangerous],trip.
Having been to Egypt a few years ago, [Assad assassinated the previous year so Egypt was not crowded],and having read this book previously from the Berkshire library I was keen to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by wallymac
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of detail
An excellent and detailed picture of the Nile antiquities before the building of the High Dam. It's a pity that the etchings come out so small on a Kindle Fire HD but the narrative... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Old Zack
4.0 out of 5 stars A different view of Aswan
This account is interesting to me as I have made a Nile trip and the book describes what this was like pre Aswan dam, and in the tradition of the time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Janie
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