A Desert Drama: Being the Tragedy of the Korosko
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A Desert Drama: Being the Tragedy of the Korosko

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Hardcover, 344 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published February 12th 1898)
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Joseph Grinton
I love the language in this book regardless of what some may see as the imperial prejudices in the plot. A party of European tourists is kidnapped by malevolent Dervishes who will kill them unless they convert to Islam. What stands out for me is the skill with which Conan Doyle sketches the tourists so that each is distinctive and memorable. The descriptions of the camels trekking across the desert are also beautifully done and raise the novel above the level of a simply thrilling adventure stor...more
This is the compelling story of a small group of European and American tourists cruising along the Nile in the late 1800's. They are kidnapped by a brutal group of Islamic terrorists, who insist they convert or die. Written by the author of the Sherlock Holmes series, the personality development of each character as they go through this trauma is excellent.
Gabriella Sarah Gricius
Why Read: For once, I did not get this book through NetGalley, I found it on my own through the amazing program called the Gutenberg Project. In case you don't know what it is, I'll give a brief overview. Gutenberg puts online editions of books that have lost their copyright, making it possible to quickly download all of Jane Austen's and Arthur Conan Doyle's works as long as you're willing to read them in EBook format (and I certainly don't mind). Having read so many of the Sherlock Holmes seri...more
Edward Flaherty
Peculiarly accurate description, from more than a century ago, of political and physical troubles generated by people of a certain religion…stuff that is happening today, 2013.

In this story, the reader is swept out of the placid stream of existence and dashed against the horrible jagged facts of life. And, where then, is the difference between fact and fiction…Doyle's fiction versus today's fact…today's fiction versus Doyle's Korosko fact?
Nov 11, 2012 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A group of European tourists touring up the Nile are abducted.....
May 30, 2014 Gary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older fiction readers
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Even though this is Arthur Conan Doyle, this is not Sherlock Holmes and Scotland Yard. It is an entertaining book about tourists in 1890 or so Egypt who get captured by insurgents. It is written right in the middle of the Sherlock Holmes-Doyle did write several novels and short stories other than the master crime solver ones. It is fairly short, without mystery. Probably at the time, it was of interest to those in England because of circumstances in Egypt.

Is it worth a read today? Yes, but not...more
Catherine Thompson
The Tragedy of the Korosko is one of those books that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thought would make his name in literature. I suspect that it's largely forgotten today. The basic plot is this: a number of European and American tourists in Egypt are held captive by Dervishes--basically your Islamic Fundamentalists. It's a scenario that's been played out again and again in fiction, with differing groups and differing locales, and perhaps that's why I found it less than thrilling.

The characters are ste...more
Sep 26, 2007 Carlton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
From the book:
"It's my opinion that we have been the policemen of the world long enough," says Cecil Brown, a Brit.

(Change the references from Britain to America and you can see the prescience of Mr. Doyle)

"We policed the seas for pirates and slavers. Now we police the land for Dervishes and brigands and every sort of danger to civilization. There is never a mad priest or a witch doctor, or a firebrand of any sort on this planet, who does not report his appearance by sniping the nearest Briti...more
Tom Leland
Haven't read any of the Sherlock Holmes books. A good read, though few times I felt reactions to events were lacking or unrealistic; also couple times action seemed to go on hold just long enough for dialogue. Was an exploratory vehicle for Doyle's religious views/doubts...and in that sense works well and is worth the read.
"You ask me to praise God for taking me out of danger and pain, but what I want to know is why, since He has arranged all things, He ever put me into that pain and danger. You...more
Doyle was a great storyteller. This a ripping yarn. He hooks the reader in the first two or three pages. This was a grand adventure. There is some offensive language, but characteristic of the times and the people represented.
Thom Swennes
The Tragedy of the Korosko isn’t one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s better known stories and after reading it I can well understand why. There is an abundance of dialogue but there is more action in a field of daisies on a sunny day. I had to pinch myself to stay awake and pure tenacity kept me reading and turning pages. I was looking for something to set this story apart and deserving of a third star but alas it wasn’t to be found. I wasn’t really impressed with his Sherlock Holms stories so this migh...more
Claude Duvall
A sly litle book this one with a little digs at everyone.
"The nineteen century had its revenge upon the seventh."

The passengers of a tourist ship are taken prisoner by Muslims in the Egyptian desert. Shocking you say? Well taking place at the end of the 1800s it has the feeling that it could be taking place 100 years after.

Can't wait for Hollywood to make this a movie and replace the Muslims with neo-Nazis.
So he wrote more than Sherlock Holmes!! This book is a good antidote for people who think change is possible in the middle east. Um hm. Been like that for a long time.
AKA A Desert Drama, interesting tale about some Brits and Americans captured in the desert and their resilience in a time of adversity.
This book was an interesting read, partly because of the glimpses of some of the views of the time that it provided.
Great story, can't believe I never heard of it. Mark Steyn mentioned it in his book America Alone.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record...more
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