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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 (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,919 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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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
Anyone contemplating a trip to Egypt should take with them a copy of this volume of traveler’s tales (sic: the American spelling is used throughout) and compare notes with the intrepid lady explorers who journeyed through Egypt in times past.

Editor Deborah Manley has compiled an entertaining collection of writings by over forty “journal-ists” including Amelia Edwards, Lucie Duff Gordon, Marianne Brocklehurst, Sarah Belzoni, the wonderfully named Wolfradine Minutoli (travelling as a young bride with her Prussian husband on a scientific mission), and two more recent explorers: US travel writer Rosemary Mahoney, who in 2006 rowed herself down the Nile, and Bettina Selby, who cycled through Egypt in the 1980’s.

Women writers were often better observers of life on the Nile, having more time to watch and describe; their dependence on Egyptian guides brought them a better understanding of local culture, and they were able to meet with Egyptian women, from villagers to members of the royal harem.
Beginning in Alexandria, and moving south through Egypt to Nubia and into the desert beyond the Nile, Manley interweaves the experiences of the different women, linking them by the journey rather than chronologically, so that travellers in the 1800’s share their experiences with writers from later centuries. Some of the earlier travelers were passing through Egypt with their husbands, en route to or from India; by the mid-nineteenth century some women were travelling in their own right, and sometimes on their own, with the first true tourists arriving with the advent of Thomas Cook’s Nile steamers.

The writings cover all aspects of travel on the Nile, from the scenery and peoples to more practical considerations.
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HASH(0x9cfc8474) out of 5 stars You travel with each explorer from the 1800’s to today 28 Mar. 2015
By Jen S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way it was laid out.
You travel with each explorer from the 1800’s to today, in the order in which they traveled up or down the Nile. You read an excerpt of each of the traveler who had been to the same location broken out by Author and the year of their visit. The format allows you to span the distance of time and the ability to visualize the changes that have occurred. Very well done!
I have found that I have liked some of the Lady Travelers more then others and intend on searching for for more information on them and their travel writings.

Only one thing that I would have like to have seen done differently was for the art work that ran throughout the book be captioned with the artist name and date of the drawing.
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HASH(0x9fa33330) out of 5 stars Disappointing -- just a collection of random paragraphs 28 Feb. 2015
By Henry D. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was hoping for something a bit more in-depth. The book consists of random paragraphs taken from letters and diaries, often with two successive entries almost a century apart. Maybe I'm too familiar with other books in this genre, but I would have prefered if the author/editor had picked a half dozen or so of these women and concentrated on their writings, including some back story about their lives or the political conditions in Egypt at the time of their visit.
HASH(0x9cf59b04) out of 5 stars A fascinating view of the lives of upper class English ... 3 Jun. 2015
By skittles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A fascinating view of the lives of upper class English ladies who traveled with or without husbands but always with servants. A delightful read.
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