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Egypt? by Darryla on 14 April 2004 2:40am
 
Heading to Egypt at the end of May - any suggested reading?

Many thanks,

Darryl A
 
Re: Egypt? by Godfather on 17 April 2004 3:22am
 
Try this one.

It's a book written by a guy called Gustave Flaubert, who visited egypt in the 1840's,just roaming around and writing his experiences as a very honest diary. It's a real account of his trip. Full of all his likes and dislikes. I cant believe the name of it popped into my head immediately, as i must of read it about 13 years ago. Very entertaining from what i remember. The guy just wrote what he felt. Including how he used to go looking for young local boys in the Hammams (ahem..oookkaaay.) and hanging out in Opium dens. Not your usual "Death on the Nile" stuff. This is a firsthand 1800 backpacker style of travel writing.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140435824/ref=pd_luc_mri/002-8798908-3819237?v=glance&;s=books&me=ATVPDKIKX0DER&st=*
 
Re: Egypt? by MykReeve on 18 April 2004 7:58pm
 
Anthony Sattin's 'The Pharaoh's Shadow' is worth a look as a view of modern Egypt which dips into its history.

You might also want to try Christian Jacq's Ramses series of novels for a history of one of Egypt's best-known historical leaders... though there's considerable artistic licence being taken with history, and the writing isn't to everyone's tastes.
 



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