A Winter on the Nile

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März 2012



In the winter of 1849, Florence Nightingale was an unknown 29-year-old - beautiful, well-born and deeply unhappy. After clashing with her parents over her refusal to marry, she had been offered a lifeline by family friends who suggested a trip to Egypt, a country which she had always longed to visit.

By an extraordinary coincidence, taking the same boat from Alexandria was an unpublished French writer, Gustave Flaubert. Like Nightingale, he was at the crossroads in his life that was to lead to future
acclaim and literary triumph. Egypt for him represented escape and freedom as well as inspiration.

But as a wealthy young man travelling with male friends, he had access to an altogether different Egpyt: where Nightingale sought out temples and dispensaries, Flaubert visited brothels and harems.

In this beguiling book, Anthony Sattin takes a key moment in the lives of two extraordinary figures on the brink of international fame, and provides a fascinating insight into the early days of travel to one of
the greatest tourist destinations on the planet.


Anthony Sattin


Anthony Sattin's study itself has a dreamlike quality ... he movingly reminds us of how, in the midst of life, those destined for greatness have no more idea where they are going than the rest of us. Sunday Times It is a tribute to Sattin's knowledge of Egypt and his skill as a writer that he makes this counterpoint narrative seem so effortless. His protagonists circle without ever touching in a dance through the desert. Independent Running beneath this cavalcade of visionary incidents and skilfully realised tableaux is a subtext about travel as a mystical dislocation. Telegraph In this entertaining book Sattin makes some important points on the intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of his immortal subjects. Mail on Sunday Sattin has written a brilliantly assured experiment in biography, a triumph of the historical imagination. Convincingly researched, informed by an unobtrusive first-hand knowledge of Egyptian places, compellingly skilful in the writing, the whole story is illuminated by Anthony Sattin's delicately perceptive sense of character in action. Literary Review
EAN: 9781446474396
Untertitel: EPUB. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Random House
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2012
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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