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Vintage Egypt : cruising the Nile in the golden age of travel
Blottière, Alain, 1954-
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Publication Information:
Paris : Flammarion, 2003.
Physical Description:
215 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 x 28 cm
General Note:
"English-language edition".
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DT116 .B56 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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As wealthy tourists descended upon Egypt in the early-twentieth-century, a well-heeled jet set emerged in Cairo and Alexandria. Period photographs celebrate the glamour: a Bugatti at the foot of the pyramids, high tea served in jasmine-draped gardens. . .

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Notes

Alain Blotti#65533;re lives in Egypt and France.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Men in white suits and Panama hats, women with perfectly set bobs, billboards for Hennessy cognac, palm trees and camels: Egypt in the first half of the 20th century had an allure that felt European but was distinctly exotic. This intriguing book shows what life was like for the privileged classes in Cairo and Alexandria during the British occupation. Blottiere, a Frenchman who has written novels and nonfiction works on Egypt, assembles an amazing array of many previously unpublished photographs of private homes, museums, landscapes and street scenes. Black & white or sepia-toned, the photographs depict such snapshots as a picnic in a palm grove in the early 1900s, a 1920s costume party in Cairo and the crew of the film Fires of Fate standing in the Temple of Luxor in 1923. Blottiere offers varying commentary for each image, sometimes giving background, other times simply stating the subject, photographer and year. Brief essays shed light on the era's conflicting undertones of glamour and political fragility. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

A French novelist and author of a French dictionary of Egyptian gods, Blottiere has constructed a unique book that revisits life in Cairo and Alexandria during the first half of the 20th century, primarily from the perspective of steamship travelers. It discusses the social atmosphere of the region during a time when the British still influenced the Egyptian government and a European privileged class thrived with little regard for the peasant masses. The book presents large reproductions (20 color, 124 b&w) of archived photographs depicting the activities of tourists, including images of luxury liners, hotels, regional cinema, and travelers climbing the pyramids. Using many quotations from travelers both anonymous and well known (e.g., Jean Cocteau, Rudyard Kipling), the author is successful in re-creating the high-class social climate in Cairo and Alexandria during this time. Unfortunately, his brief and sketchy discussions of the related political background are not sufficient for readers interested in this unusual topic. Nevertheless, this book is recommended as a pictorial work for large public libraries.-Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.