Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past & Present by Toby Wilkinson

In this stunning narrative Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes the reader on a leisurely voyage down the Nile filling its pages with fascinating details regarding the culture, people, and events which have been inseparably bound to the waters of this noble river for thousands of years. Wilkinson brings Egypt’s past and present to life like never before.

The journey begins in Upper Egypt at Aswan, site of the First Cataract, continuing its downriver course to Luxor and Thebes, winding through Middle Egypt, eventually making its way to Giza, and ultimately culminating in the populous capital city of Cairo. Since the dawn of ancient civilization the Nile River has been and continues to be the heart and lifeblood of Egypt. With Wilkinson’s exceptional knowledge, astute observations and beautifully rich prose, whether he’s describing the lush fertile Delta, the remains of ancient temples and tombs of the pharaohs, primitive civilizations, or the uncovering of significant antiquities by archaeologists, one feels as though they are an active participant on this highly informative and enlightening expedition.

There are many places around the world that I am eager to visit but until now I had not given the Nile much consideration. After reading The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past & Present, taking a cruise down this iconic river has promptly been added to my wish list.

Amelia Edwards, Victorian-era journalist and author, developed an enduring affection for Egypt while touring the Nile region in the mid-nineteenth century, prompting her to write about her impressions and experiences while visiting the area. You may find her book, A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, to be an engaging piece of travel writing from an 1877 perspective. 


Carolyn said...

I wonder if Amelia Edwards was the inspiration for Elizabeth Peters' series?

Becky said...

I had that same thought, which prompted me to pull out my copy of Crocodile on the Sandbank and start the series over.