My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Though the volume was penned at the end of the 1800s, nevertheless some of the descriptions and dialogue seem as if they are being played out in the present. Instead of the culprits being cultural terrorists in the 21st Century Levant, they are 19th Century Dervish Warriors from Upper Eqypt; but the similarities are stunning. The tale chronicles the capture and conveyance of several European tourists who have wheeled up the Nile to Abousir on the Korosko. Their captors are cunning and cutthroat. Yet the captives grow and change through the ordeal, exposing character flaws as well as genuine courage. There are places where old British colonialism shows through the story, along with it's rationale, which will likely surprise North American readers in its prescient description. It is a book ideal for the younger and older. I happily recommend the book.
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