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Women Travelers in Egypt: From the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first Century Paperback – 30 Nov 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; Reprint edition (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774165705
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774165702
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A must for anyone who loves the land of the Pharaohs.'< br/> --The Lady

About the Author

Deborah Manley is the co-editor of Traveling through Egypt: From 450 B.C. to the Twentieth Century (AUC Press, 2004), Traveling through Sinai: From the Fourth to the Twenty-first Century (AUC Press, 2006), and Traveling through the Deserts of Egypt: From 450 B.C. to the Twentieth Century (AUC Press, 2009).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2013
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This is a fascinating book - I've read before of the journeys to and sojourns in Egypt of such intrepid travellers as Florence Nightingale, Lucie Duff Gordon and Amelia Edwards, and always admired their fortitude and courage in undertaking these steps into the unknown. This book captures extracts of writings from these authors, as well as many others, including Sophia Poole, Countess Hahn Hahn, Mary Chubb, Sarah Belzoni and many more. Their works incorporate writings dated from 1779 (Eliza Fay) right through to 2006 (Rosemary Mahoney), but most of the extracts are from the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Cleverly, instead of moving chronologically, or from one writer to the next as a whole, the book is divided into eight largely geographical areas:
1. Alexandria, the Delta, and Suez
2. Cairo
3. The Environs of Cairo
4. Up the Nile from Cairo
5. Nubia and Beyond and Turning North
6. Northward down the Nile
7. Luxor and the West Bank - the Thebes of Old
8. Egypt Beyond the Nile - the Desert

The writers are introduced in their times and their contexts - as travellers, or as wives of men working in the area, or as artists. And their impressions and thoughts on what they see are beautifully and evocatively captured and given to the writer - in extracts long enough to be enthralling, but short enough to allow us to view a wide number of writers' works within the scope of the book. Brief biographies of each of the women are included at the back of the book also. Wonderful illustrations from a book published in 1850 of scenes of Egypt and Egyptian life complete this gem of a book. Delightful; and a book which would be dipped into again and again to enjoy the delights and wonders shown therein.
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