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Tales of Secret Egypt

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The scenes of this story are laid in Egypt -- Abu-Tabah, the inscrutable Egyptian, who appears and disappears so mysteriously, is not so blood-curdling a villain as Fu Manchu, but his exploits possess the same breathless interest that characterized the activities of the yellow doctor. In the latter half of the book, notably in the story, "The Valley of the Sorceress," ther ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published 1920 by A. L. Burt (first published 1918)
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Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The review from afar – No. 14

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for any non-technical reading. I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg: virtually every title I have or will be reading in the near future comes from them.

Tales of Secret Egypt is another collection of short stories by prolific author Sax Rohmer that does not involve his arch-fiend Fu Manchu. Set in and around Cairo primarily these tales inv
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the stories are about the same two characters,Iman Abu-Tabah, and his friend, an unnamed, unscrupulous Englishman who works on commission for a shady company called Moses, Murphy &Co."purveyors of fake antiquities". Abu-Tabah is a very likable Muslim clergyman, kindly and tolerant, not at all fanatic. His relationship with the Englishman is like that of kindly adult towards a mischievous child of whom he is very fond but knows that he can't be trusted for one moment. More than once he th ...more
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 17, 2013

My old friend Blaster Al Ackerman, the great writer, cartoonist, mail artist, & trickster philosopher, died on March 17th, 2013. That got me to scanning most of what I have by him in my archive in preparation for a possible bk revolving around our correspondence from 1980 to 1986. THAT led to my making an animated slide-show movie called "This Will Explain" intended for premier at the upcoming memorial eve
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's difficult to separate the attitude of the author from those of his narrators. Is the casually racist statements--particularly those toward sub-Saharan Africans--a reflection on Rohmer, on the narrator, or on the expectations of the audience? A curiosity is the relationship of his (European) narrator Kernaby, a shameless and entertaining rogue, and the clever and, increasingly shown, upstanding Abu Tabah. All the stories trended to compromised European narration: jaded, villainous, or credul ...more
Stuart Dean
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve tales set in Egypt circa 1919. The first six involve the exploits of Neville Kernaby, a British citizen working for an import company whose business is perfectly legitimate and not at all smuggling artifacts out of Egypt. Kernaby's job causes him to be in some interesting situations with interesting people, and the most interesting is Abu Tabah. The mysterious Abu has great power in the government, appears everywhere at once, and is related to some of the most influential people on the Ni ...more
Italo Italophiles
Jul 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book should be removed from GoodReads. It is full of racism, but the clincher is the white male argument for tourism pedophilia in one of the stories from circa 1900.
Matt Kelland
Cracking stories! Rohmer clearly loves drawing on Arabic settings and tales, and they're filled with excitement and adventure. If you're only familiar with his Fu Manchu series, then give these a try. ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read some time in 1991
Mike Mikos
Early effort by Sax Rohmer, One of my favorite authors. Short story collection set in Egypt during early British Colonialism. Not up to his later efforts.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book of short stories was fun, but important, or infamous, for another reason. It is the first book I read entirely on my phone. Sigh.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sax Rohmer's stories are usually fun over the top slightly racist pieces, here all too often he takes things seriously. The best of the bunch is In The Valley Of The Sorceress. ...more
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AKA Arthur Sarsfield Ward (real name); Michael Furey.

Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (15 February 1883 - 1 June 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.

Born in Birmingham to a working class family, Rohmer initially pursued a career as a civil servant before concentrating on writing fu

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