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