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Lady Duff Gordon's Letters from Egypt by Duff Gordon Lucie Duff Gordon
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Having read Mistress Of Nothing by Kate Pullinger, a novel which purports to tell the story of Lady Duff Gordon's lady's maid who accompanied her employer on her travels in Egypt, and had her own life-altering adventure, I became interested in Lady Duff Gordon herself. The letters give an entirely different view of the lady's maid's adventure, but, or course there is much more to them than that. It gives a very interesting story of a reasonably happy woman whose life is completely altered when she becomes ill. She only finds some relief from her tuberculosis by travelling to the hottest, driest country she can find, leaving her beloved family at home. Yet, she turns this life sentence of exile into a true adventure, by accepting Egypt as her home, and accepting its peoples and culture -- an unusual viewpoint of British travelers in the 1840's.
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