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Letters from Egypt [Kindle Edition]

Lucie Duff Gordon
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A lyrical, sharply observed, often humorous, politically aware account of nineteenth-century Egypt (KATHERINE FRANK)

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'A lyrical, sharply observed, often humorous, politically aware account of nineteenth-century Egypt' KATHERINE FRANK

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria (19 Mar 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L86X2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Lucy Duff Gordon went to Egypt for her health - she had tuberculosis. But there she discovered herself. The letters are full of insights into Egyptian life from a kindly and sensitive woman who was adopted as their own by the people of Luxor. A beautful book which re-afirms the goodness of people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noor ala Noor 24 Feb 2003
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Lady Duff Gordon's account of her time in Egypt tells the at times heartbreaking, at times exhilerating story of an Englishwoman's immersion into Egyptian culture during the 1860s--the first of its kind, and arguably the last. The impact her Letters had on future travellers and the understanding of Egypt was perhaps, regrettably, not as wide or as deep as one would wish, considering the future of the Europeans in Egypt. Still today, her admirable open-mindedness and perspective is enlightening and humbling. She was a remarkable woman and her Letters are no less than a representation of that loveliness and dignity.
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Duff-Gordon's Letters from Egypt accounts the life and culture of Egypt while still under the Ottoman Empire, with both a detached and passionate flair. Duff-Gordon's own tribulations (she was afflicted with tuberculosis and eventually died in Egypt from the disease) gave her the reason to be in Egypt - first as a bemused visitor, but later as a passionate champion for her "poor fellaheen," or everyday people in Egypt. Living in a variety of lodgings (including squatting briefly in Karnak temple, and hiring a houseboat to cruise the Nile at a lazy speed) Duff-Gordon makes old Egypt before the 20th century come alive and brings the heart of the people to the reader. I highly recommend the book, as it gives you the flavour of the times, but more importantly, it gives insight into the welcoming nature of the Egyptian people, some of which can be experienced even today in the 21st century.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noor ala Noor 11 Mar 2003
By Lucy T. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Lady Duff Gordon's account of her time in Egypt tells the at times heartbreaking, at times exhilerating story of an Englishwoman's immersion into Egyptian culture during the 1860s--the first of its kind, and arguably the last. The impact her Letters had on future travellers and the understanding of Egypt imparted was perhaps, regrettably, not as wide or as deep as one would wish, considering the future of the Europeans in Egypt. Still today, her admirable open-mindedness and perspective is enlightening and humbling. She was a remarkable woman and her Letters are no less than a representation of that loveliness and dignity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Get the free Kindle edition, not this one. 3 April 2012
By John Everard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
There are several Kindle editions of Lucie Duff-Gordon's classic work available. This one asks you to pay for it, but provides no table of contents and the line formatting seems to be all over the place. It has in short nothing to recommend it over the more recent free edition of the same work, which also has no table of contents but which is at least properly formatted.
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