Thirteen tourists, representing mixed nationalities and several religious creeds, find themselves engaged in examining ruins on the Nile when they are captured by dervishes. Blood is shed while they are hurried across the deserts; then the Arabs are captured by the camel corps, and there are many adventures before the surviving Europeans are rescued. The chief interest lies in the comparison of the actions of a soldier, a lawyer, a French gentleman, an American traveller, and others when exposed to the same dangers. Incidentally many Arab customs are described.
ctantly for a titter, and bowed to it when it arrived. "You will then return to Wady Halfa, and there remain two hours to suspect the Camel Corps, including the grooming of the beasts, and the bazaar before returning, so I wish you a very happy good-night."
There was a gleam of his white teeth in the lamplight, and then his long, dark petticoats, his short English cover-coat, and his red tarboosh vanished successively down the ladder. The low buzz of conversation which had been suspended by his coming broke out anew.
"I'm relying on you, Mr. Stephens, to tell me all about Abousir," said Miss Sadie Adams. "I do like to know what I am looking at right there at the time, and not six hours afterwards in my state-room. I haven't got Abou-Simbel and the wall pictures straight in my mind yet, though I saw them yesterday."
"I never hope to keep up with it," said her aunt. "When I am safe back in Commonwealth Avenue, and there's no dragoman to hustle me around, I'll have time to read about it all,
I can't help but feel guilty for deriving an interesting read at the cost of 'sara' and the rest of the Islam community who may have read the book.
The community have been so unjustifiably antagonised in this lesser-known ACD book, that you begin to question his morale.
We are scared by things we don't understand. So, I can see why ACD may have come up with the alienated 'musalmen' being the baddies of this plot.
There are a few pages that gives you an idea of the Victorian psyche. To them there was no line between progressive imperialism and regressive imperialism... Imperialism is imperialism- Brits are civilised, so they are to control and help develop the Undeveloped.
As a neutral, I was able to ignore all of these Brit/Christian agenda quite quickly. I quite enjoyed the simple plot. I loved all of the distinct characters that he has created and managed to find the discreet romance between Mr. Stephens and Ms. Sadie quite heart-warming. There is a lyrical beauty to which ACD spins out his tale.
If you can swallow the propaganda, do read this desert drama.
as a person from the other side and by the other side I mean an Arab Muslim , I have mixed feelings between disappointments and realizations . I have to say first , that we Arabs , muslims or non muslims are offended very easily , so excuse me for feeling that way . But as a person who knew her nation's history , that was full of acceptance to other religions all way long , especially during the Ottoman era . I fail to accept the whole concept of "Islamist Jihadis" who think that all Westerners are enemies, and just want to slaughter them all .
Yes of course there are those prejudiced people who don't like foreigners and consider them as infidels, but doesn't that happen almost everywhere?
I'm sorry to feel very disappointed in Sir Arthur's ideology , I'm not sure if it's the cause of a person's nature to stand with his country side weather it's acting right or wrong , or that he really was trying to get the Westerners to entertain the possibility of thinking the radical Islam is brutal and monster like . I really felt heartbroken by a writer that I have admired in every way .
At least the conspiracy theories that were made by the Frenchman are there , although described as imaginative by Doyle , they are not completely wrong . but I'm not here to speak politics cause it isn't my strong point I have to admit despite the fact that the whole book is based on that point .
It would have been better if we could extract his true intentions of the book , talking about poverty in Egypt wasn't that amusing either while England was full of those then.
An excellent and timely book from 1898. With Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you can't go wrong, but this narrative of an excursion on the river Nile is stunning in its parallels with the present. The characters have a great debate over the "world's policeman," Great Britain. The book relates a struggle with Mohammedans who are fierce and violent and behave as if they are still living in the 9th century. Just switch GB with USA and you have the story of US involvement in the Middle East. History sometimes repeats and this story gives tremendous insights.
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