This is story of Jean-Baptiste Poncet and his travels crossing the deserts of Egypt, arriving to Abyssinia - the Ethiopian Empire and then back to Ver...moreThis is story of Jean-Baptiste Poncet and his travels crossing the deserts of Egypt, arriving to Abyssinia - the Ethiopian Empire and then back to Versailles, in France.
According to Wikipedia, "the Ethiopian Empire covered a geographical area that the present-day northern half of Ethiopia and Eritrea covers, and included in its peripheries Zeila, Djibouti, Yemen and Western Saudi Arabia. It existed from approximately 1137 (beginning of Zagwe Dynasty) until 1974 when the monarchy was overthrown in a coup d'etat."
**spoiler alert** Page 56: "The important thing is to rid ourselves of the nightmare of the English and for the caliphate to return to its previous gra...more**spoiler alert** Page 56: "The important thing is to rid ourselves of the nightmare of the English and for the caliphate to return to its previous grandeur. Then they will find the way prepared to us."
Page 322: "Amazing news is spreading among the students. A delegation or "wafd" composed by the nationalist leaders Sa'd Zaghlul Pasha, Abd al-Aziz Fahmy Bey, and Ali Sha'rawi Pasha went to the British Residency in Cairo yesterday and met with the High Commissioner, requesting that the British protectorate over Egypt be lifted and independence declared."
Page 235: Tell me, brother, what can Sa'd do against a nation that now considers itself the unrivaled mistress of the world?" The mother nodded her head in agreement, as though he had been addressing her. She stated: "The revolutionary leader Urabi Pasha was one of the greatest men and one of the most courageous. Sa'd and the others are nothing compared with him. He was in the cavalry, a fighting man. What did he get from the English, boys? They imprisoned him and then exiled him to a land on the other side of the world."
Page 353: "If we don't confront terrorism with the anger it deserves, may the nation never live again. It's unthinkable for the nation to be at peace when its leader who has sacrificed himself for it suffers the torments of captivity."
Page 358: "Down with the Protectorate!" "Our fathers have been imprisoned. We don't study law in a land where the law is trampled underfoot.:
Page 373: A revolution was raging in all areas of the Nile Valley from the extreme north to the extreme south. Fahmy recounted what he knew about the railroads and telegraph and telephone lines being cut, the outbreak of demonstrations in different provinces, the battles between the English and the revolutionaries, the massacres, the martyrs, the nationalist funerals with processions with tens of coffins at a time, ant the capital city with its students, workers, and attorneys on strike, where transportation was limited to carts. He remarked heatedly, "Is this really a revolution? Let them kill as many as their savagery dictates. Death only invigorates us."
Sometimes, I think the Nobel prize is given to a particular author for "political" reasons and the litera...moreThis is the third book of the Cairo Trilogy.
Sometimes, I think the Nobel prize is given to a particular author for "political" reasons and the literary aspects are not so relevant. It's a matter of opinion of course. I am glad I managed to finished this trilogy.(less)
FRom BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama: As the world waits to see what democracy will bring to Egypt, Nigel Lindsay plays hard-up Coptic art expert who bec...moreFRom BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama: As the world waits to see what democracy will bring to Egypt, Nigel Lindsay plays hard-up Coptic art expert who becomes embroiled in (what appears to be) corporate espionage when approached by seductive Canadian student Tara to deliver a letter - for money - to a prominent Egyptian politician. But nothing in this tense three-parter from writer/director John Dryden is quite what it appears to be.(less)