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A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

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Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards (1831-1892) was an English novelist, a journalist, a lady traveller and an Egyptologist. She published her first poem at the age of 7 and her first story at the age of 12. Amelia thereafter proceeded to publish a variety of poetry, stories and articles in a large number of magazines that included Chamberas Journal, Household Words and All the Y ...more
Paperback, Illustrated Edition, 556 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1877)
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Hend
Apr 30, 2013 Hend rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history


ما اجمل ان تبحر فى النيل وترى اثار مصر القديمة
سحر و روعة النيل وجمال الصحراء
اميليا
واحدة من سيدات العصر الفيكتورى الجريئات
معلوماتها الاثرية غزيرة
تقرر ان تقوم برحلة استكشافية
على خطى شامبليون وبلزونى وبوخارت
اسلوب السرد ادبى بديع وشيق
على عكس المعتاد فى كتب التاريخ والمراجع الاثرية
الجافة


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ومضات روحانية فى وصف للطبيعة تجعل الكتاب قريبا للنفس و
تثرىه
لمسة الطبيعة الخلابة
تجعلك
تبحر فى زمن اخر وبعد اخر

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عندما يسيقظ الانسان عند شروق الشمس ليرى تلك النخلات ذات اللون الاخضر المائل للرمادى خارج الن
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Timothy Ferguson
Aug 27, 2012 Timothy Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librivox
Are these people sociopaths?

Seriously, the way these people behave toward the Arabs is just amazing...the bit where the baby is almost shot demonstrates just extraordinary lack of empathy.

A great book about Victorian tourists in Egypt. Their cluelessness is shocking.

Hella
May 12, 2015 Hella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wat een verrukkelijk boek is dit. Toen reizen nog een avontuur was, toen Egyptische oudheden nog half onder het zand lagen, toen je zelf onderweg nog eens een tombe kon openen, of een waterpijpje roken met een lokale sjeik.
In 1874 reisde Amelia Edwards met de boot de Nijl af, met een klein reisgezelschap en een grote bemanning die roeide, trok, eten verzorgde en met lokale overheden onderhandelde. De eerste ontdekkingen in Egypte waren gedaan, Champollion had de hiëroglyfen ontcijferd, het eerst
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E.
Sep 28, 2016 E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous.
Liz
A really fun travel book; that is, fun to read while travelling, even if one is not sailing up the Nile. I find it harder to complain about modern travel, for one thing.
One commenter called the book "slow". What, exactly, would you expect? It's a travel journal, after all: no plot, character development, conflict, climax, final reveal, et cetera.

There is, however, writing like this:
Now, although the most delightful occupation in life is undoubtedly sketching, it must be admitted that the sketch
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Sandy
Jul 07, 2008 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people into Egyptology, Travel, Victorian Times, Archeology
This was a great book to read. I really enjoyed, for the most part, her descriptions of Egypt. It was very interesting to get a feel of what travel was like during the Victorian era. She really has a way of describing the landscape of Egypt and all of her travel adventures in the Victorian era in a very interesting and entertaining way. It takes a little to get into the Victorian style of writing, but it is quite enjoyable. One thing I found a little over-done were the descriptions of ruin sites ...more
Kathy
Jun 04, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, travel
Amelia Edward's account of her travels in Egypt, in the mid-1800s... that led her to become a leading Egyptologist.

I only read pieces of chapters of this book... and enjoyed them.... She gives a sort of documentary feel to her travels... explaining the history, the beauty, and the mechanics of how she traveled...

Although I know that much of her knowledge is incomplete & new information and theories have been put forth since these books were written, she does a very good job of theorizing ab
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Lucy
Jun 19, 2007 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is fabulous. Some of her adventures and her opinions are truly outrageous, but none can argue that she was not committed to saving the antiquities in Egypt. I reread Elizabeth Peters's Crocodile on the Sandbank recently and was struck anew by how similar it is to this tale. So much fun! Amelia's "restoration" of Abu Simbel is particularly overwhelming. Nevertheless, it is a life that is gone from the Nile and there is a certain sadness in reading of it.
Karen
Sep 12, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, travel
One of the real life inspirations for the Amelia Peabody character. This is the first classic travel book I've ever read. This book transports the reader to more than one time and place: not only are you reading about the ancient world and Egyptian culture, you are also reading about Victorian exploration and appreciation of that ancient world and culture. Well worth the effort (and it did take some effort to finish this book. I read it about 1/2 chapter at a time and it is long).
Gail Carriger
One of the best ways to get a feel for not just the Victorian behavior abroad but also what Egypt was like during the 1870s and the style of writing during this time. A must read for writers of historical fiction.
Kristina M.
Attempting to get my hands on a copy of this book from the public library, however I don't think it's been published since the 1890's...

In the meantime I'll be reading from here: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/wome...

Thank goodness for public domain. :)
Roberta (Bobbie)
May 17, 2010 Roberta (Bobbie) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman, a boat, and an adventure set in Egypt 1880s. Amelia Edwards' account of her trip from Cairo to Aswan and beyond to the Second Cataract is strongest when describing the personal aspects of her trip. Her descriptions of many temples is a good "refresher course" but a bit tedious at times.
Anne
May 09, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nonfiction: an intrepid Victorian woman treks all over Egypt, digging into tombs in her long skirt, riding a camel - wish I could've known her.
Virginia


Somewhat interesting from both travel and egyptology angles but rather dry.
BIG BOOKS
A classic and a masterful telling of a journey up the Nile in the 1870s.
Judy
Dec 06, 2011 Judy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Having just returned from a trip up the Nile, I am loving this book! It is so readable and her descriptions are wonderful. Having trouble putting it aside to do the rest of my life, like work!!
Xdw
Jul 23, 2013 Xdw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wonderful travel book from the mid nineteenth century! poignant description of portions of the nile now flooded by the high dam. she thought them the MOST beautiful.
Kay
Aug 01, 2007 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Victorian travel classic. Modern author Elizabeth Peters based her intrepid character Amelia Peabody on this real-life Victorian explorer/Egyptologist.
Alicia
Sep 17, 2007 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I am such a wanna be archeologist:)
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Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

An English novelist, journalist, lady traveller and Egyptologist, born to an Irish mother and a father who had been a British Army officer before becoming a banker. Edwards was educated at home by her mother, showing considerable promise as a writer at a young age. She published her first poem at the age of 7, her first story at age 12. Edwards thereafter proceeded to p
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