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Agatha Christie on the Nile, Egypt

January 10, 2011 in Agatha Christie, cairo egypt travel, Classic Writers, Mystery Writers

Death & Life on the Nile, Agatha Christie's Egypt by Veronica HackethalWhen I think of Agatha Christie, I definitely think of her on the Nile.  But did you know that when she visited Egypt as a kid she hated it?  I had no idea either.  One of our favorite LT writers, Veronica Hackethal, takes our readers on a journey down the Nile on a fabulous, five star cruise.  You will see how to experience Egypt in style, feeling the luxury and decadence of Agatha Christie’s time spent there.

Hackethal shows us how oppressive the desert can be, yet how spectacular the pyramids really are.  As she says in her article, “everyone handles the desert differently.”  With these observations, our readers understand how Agatha Christie felt when she toured Egypt both as a child and as an adult.

I’ve personally never been to Egypt, but friends of mine have gone and raved about the experience.  Agatha Christie’s connection to the Nile just makes the trip more desirable to me.  Thus, I hope one day I’ll be writing about cruising down the Nile in a five star ship, dreaming of Hercule Poirot, murder mysteries, sordid affairs.  It sounds like a perfect, literary trip to me.

Enjoy our latest article, Death & Life on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s Egypt.

~ Jennifer, Network Editorial Director

Visiting Cairo With Naguib Mahfouz

August 1, 2010 in cairo egypt travel, cairo trilogy, Naguib Mahfouz, Travel Writers

Photo by Robin Grahm The relationship between book and the physical world is one of equal exchange and opportunity.  Often we take to the written world to better understand things in the physical world, but just as often we take to the outside world to better understand what we have read.  Though some books are enjoyed purely for entertainment, many others instruct us, broaden our horizons, and open our minds (much like travel).  To put it more simply: We learn to read, we read to learn.

Reading, like travel, can also occasionally be a confusing activity.  It challenges us to view different points of view, to absorb new ways of thinking.  In this week’s feature article, Sabil of Naguib Mahfouz in Cairo, Egypt, author Robin Graham engages in both kinds of learning.  In my (literature major-informed) opinion, Graham approaches the work of Mahfouz in the best possible way: he both reads to learn about Cairo, and visits Cairo to learn about what he has read.

It doesn’t help that Cairo is not a simple city.  Like much of the Middle East and Africa, Cairo is beset with conflict.  Understanding this conflict, and the complicated intersections of Islam, tourism, and terrorism that go on throughout the city, is no easy task.

Viewing Cairo through the lens of Naguib Mahfouz, author of the Cairo Trilogy, Graham remarks that the Islamic city is a “changed world.”  Coming to Cairo, he is able to see that Mahfouz’s works carried an underlying “dark prescience that eventually cast its shadow into real life.”  Cairo is, through all the political turmoil and social change, a city of uncertainties.

Yet uncertainties are what make for some of the best reading – and the best thinking.  We invite you to take a moment on this lazy Sunday to broaden your horizons by reading Sabil of Naguib Mahfouz in Cairo, Egypt.  It may require a moment of reflection (or two) but we promise you will learn something, because even an expert in foreign relations can glean something from stepping into another’s shoes and walking the busy streets.

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