Egypt: through writers' eyes
No land on earth has been so long observed as Egypt, which was attracting awestruck travelers back in the days of Herodotus and Julius Caesar. The range of voices gathered here is dazzling: an ancient myth from a papyrus next to Naguib Mahfouz's account of Alexandria, Florence Nightingale describing Abu Simbel side by side with Ahdaf Soueif's description of Sinai. A description of medieval Cairo by Ibn Jubayr walks hand in hand with one of the modern city by the Egyptian thinker, Taha Hussein. Lucie Duff-Gordon sails up the Nile, Edward Lane crawls through a sand-filled temple and Isam-bard Kingdom Brunel struggles up the cataract above Aswan.
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Egypt and the Nile
Alexandria and the Delta
The Home of the Stone
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Abu Simbel Africa Ahdaf Soueif Ahmed Hassanein Alexandria Amin Maalouf Amitav Ghosh ancient Arab arrived Aswan Azhar bank beautiful became boat Cairo called camels Canal cataracts century colour dahabieh Dalrymple dark desert donkey East Egyptian European eyes face father feet felt friends green hand head hundred journey knew Lady land letters light lived looked Lucie's Luxor Luxor Temple miles monasteries morning mosque mountains Muslims Naguib Mahfouz never night Nile oasis palm passed Paul William Roberts Penelope Lively prayer pyramids Rameses river road Robin Fedden rock round sand seen side Sphinx steamer stone streets Suez Sultan Taha Hussein temple things thousand told tomb took tourists town train trees turned Upper Egypt village walked walls William Dalrymple women wonderful writing