Best Books About Egypt

Books about Egypt or that are set in Egypt.
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369 books · 469 voters · list created September 9th, 2009 by Lu (Sugar & Snark) (votes) .
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Lu (Sugar & Snark) 1612 books
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Kristi 2412 books
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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I'm having trouble thinking of novels written by the colonizers during the colonial period, e.g. an Egyptian version of "A Passage to India." Probably because I haven't read any. Are there any?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Not off the top of my head...


message 3: by David (new)

David Lobstergirl wrote: "I'm having trouble thinking of novels written by the colonizers during the colonial period, e.g. an Egyptian version of "A Passage to India." Probably because I haven't read any. Are there any?"

Yes, The Alexandria Quartet by L Durrell. That it wasn't mentioned in the above list makes me wonder about the contributors...



Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add it. The form is at the right-hand side of the page.


message 5: by NG (last edited Nov 28, 2010 07:20AM) (new)

NG Funny! I'm Egyptian but I can't vote for any book in the above list!
Most of them are about ancient Egypt, or novels by Mahfouz but also about ancient Egypt! (Except for his triology mentioned here more that once btw!)..
It is unfair to be trapped in this periode of time, to discover that Egypt for foreigners is all about Pharaos..
I mean, these books are great! But for a country like Egypt, they are not as divers as they should be..
I'll go look for books to add about other eras.. There are so many that I can't think of any title right now :D


message 6: by Lastoadri (new)

Lastoadri Ng wrote: "Funny! I'm Egyptian but I can't vote for any book in the above list!..."

In that case ya NG, I recommend Taxi. It's not a novel indeed, however it can give the foreigner a good overview about Egypt they don't know..
Also, its brilliantly translated into English.. so, most of them will admire it so.


message 7: by NG (new)

NG Good choice!
It's all about Egypt now.. Great! :))


message 8: by NG (new)

NG I added teh bbok.. Is it visible for the rest of voters on the list?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Did you vote for Taxi? If so, yes, I see it.


message 10: by NG (new)

NG I did vote for it.. Thank you :)


message 11: by Janet (new)

Janet Walking Across Egypt is neither about nor set in Egypt.


message 12: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Thanks, Janet. Deleted.


message 13: by Niledaughter (last edited Aug 05, 2012 09:43AM) (new)

Niledaughter Taxi is not only "Walking Across Egypt " , it was Described as " an urban sociology, an ethnography, a classic of oral history of Egypt" .


message 14: by Krooker (new)

Krooker they need some books about dynasty 0, the reign of the scorpion king, and egyptian ancient decodings of texts in the tombs, or orignial manuscirtps


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's pretty easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 16: by Garth (new)

Garth I voted for The Yacoubian Building. For the best novels about Egypt, I suggest Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy for the first half of the 20th century and The Yacoubian Building for the second half.

Here's a post about The Yacoubian Building on Newsworthy Novels, a blog that matches novels to today's headlines (the headline that day was about the turmoil in Egypt and the continued conflict between the country's moderates and the Muslim fundamentalists):
http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


message 17: by Kavita (new)

Kavita I, Claudius is not set in Egypt. It's set in Rome.


message 18: by Ola (new)

Ola Nada I need help! I am looking for an English book about Egypt, it can be a cultural book, or a touristic book, or even a novel about egyptian life. I want to get it as a birthday gift to my german friends who percieve egypt as being pretty vague! So, it should be interesting and fun to read!

Thank you in advance!!


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message 20: by Gamelyan (new)

Gamelyan Gamelyan
BOOKS ON ANCIENT EGYPT

https://independent.academia.edu/elga...


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