Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary Victorian woman who became an Egyptan icon, 29 Mar 2001
By 
Caviglia (Reading, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Letters from Egypt (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noor ala Noor, 24 Feb 2003
By 
Lucy T. Jones (Pittsburgh, PA) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Letters from Egypt (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 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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 19th Century Accounts of "Old Egypt", 15 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Letters from Egypt (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Letters from Egypt
Letters from Egypt by Janet Ross (Paperback - 4 Dec 1997)
£13.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews