River in the Desert

River in the Desert

A Modern Traveller in Ancient Egypt

Book - 2006
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n River in the Desert Paul William Roberts explores ancient and modern Egypt, encountering magicians, politicians, monks and archaeologists. He spends a terrifying night in the central chamber of the Great Pyramid and is smuggled into the clandestine gathering of a sufi tariqa. He is carried by boat to the great temple of Isis and reads Death on the Nile while sleeping in Agatha Christie's bed. Over several visits, Roberts discovers and reveals a country that is as rich and enduring as the Nile itself. Rich with allusions, told with Roberts' characteristic intelligence, and featuring a new introduction by the author, River in the Desert is an insightful and entertaining journey."Unconventional, instructive and beautifully written ... His observations reveal a well-stocked mind, a charming wit and sophisticated interest in people." -Publishers Weekly"Roberts' knowledge of and affection for Egypt is palpable. [He] is the witty, knowledgeable, stimulating guide every armchair traveler hankers for but seldom finds." -Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Raincoast Books, c2006
ISBN: 9781551929637
1551929635
Branch Call Number: 916.2 ROB
Characteristics: xviii, 411 p. : maps ; 23 cm

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