Letters from Egypt


Read by Sibella Denton

(4.7 stars; 15 reviews)

As a girl, Lady Duff-Gordon was noted both for her beauty and intelligence. As an author, she is most famous for this collection of letters from Egypt. Lady Duff-Gordon had tuberculosis, and went to Egypt for her health. This collection of her personal letters to her mother and her husband. By all accounts everyone loved her, and the letters are very personal in style and content. The letters are as much an introduction to her person as a record of her life on the Upper Nile. (13 hr 0 min)

Chapters

001 - Introduction 11:08 Read by Sibella Denton
002 - Memoir 32:32 Read by Sibella Denton
003 - November 11, 1862: Mrs. Austin 13:47 Read by Sibella Denton
004 - November 21, 1862: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 3:49 Read by Sibella Denton
005 - November 30, 1862: Mrs. Austin 17:23 Read by Sibella Denton
006 - December 20, 1862: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 4:35 Read by Sibella Denton
007 - February 11, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 9:43 Read by Sibella Denton
008 - March 7, 1863: Mrs. Austin 11:25 Read by Sibella Denton
009 - March 10, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 6:03 Read by Sibella Denton
010 - April 9, 1863: Mrs. Austin 3:18 Read by Sibella Denton
011 - April 13, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 6:51 Read by Sibella Denton
012 - April 18, 1863: Mr. Tom Taylor 6:55 Read by Sibella Denton
013 - May 12, 1863: Mrs. Austin 3:41 Read by Sibella Denton
014 - May 12, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:55 Read by Sibella Denton
015 - May 21, 1863: Mrs. Austin 14:12 Read by Sibella Denton
016 - May 25, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 4:21 Read by Sibella Denton
017 - October 19, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 4:58 Read by Sibella Denton
018 - October 26, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:09 Read by Sibella Denton
019 - October 31, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:31 Read by Sibella Denton
020 - November 14, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 7:48 Read by Sibella Denton
021 - November 21, 1863: Mrs. Austin 7:25 Read by Sibella Denton
022 - December 1, 1863: Mrs. Ross 2:42 Read by Sibella Denton
023 - December 2, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:12 Read by Sibella Denton
024 - December 17, 1863: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 8:30 Read by Sibella Denton
025 - December 27, 1863: Mrs. Austin 4:00 Read by Sibella Denton
026 - January 3, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 9:46 Read by Sibella Denton
027 - January 5, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 17:19 Read by Sibella Denton
028 - January 20, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 11:49 Read by Sibella Denton
029 - February 7, 1864: Mrs. Austin 10:55 Read by Sibella Denton
030 - February 8, 1864: Mrs. Ross 3:03 Read by Sibella Denton
031 - February 12, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 6:21 Read by Sibella Denton
032 - February 19, 1864: Mrs. Austin 3:22 Read by Sibella Denton
033 - February 26, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 7:03 Read by Sibella Denton
034 - March 1, 1864: Mrs. Austin 13:39 Read by Sibella Denton
035 - March 7, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 15:36 Read by Sibella Denton
036 - March 16, 1864: Mr. Tom Taylor 7:23 Read by Sibella Denton
037 - March 22, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 17:11 Read by Sibella Denton
038 - April 6, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 8:42 Read by Sibella Denton
039 - April 7, 1864: Mrs. Ross 2:37 Read by Sibella Denton
040 - April 14, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 22:21 Read by Sibella Denton
041 - May 15, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 9:00 Read by Sibella Denton
042 - May 23, 1864: Mrs. Austin 13:37 Read by Sibella Denton
043 - June 12, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 9:31 Read by Sibella Denton
044 - June 26, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 11:08 Read by Sibella Denton
045 - August 13, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 4:35 Read by Sibella Denton
046 - October 9, 1864: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:45 Read by Sibella Denton
047 - October 21, 1864: Mrs. Austin 5:45 Read by Sibella Denton
048 - December 23, 1864: Mrs. Austin 4:53 Read by Sibella Denton
049 - January 2, 1865: Mrs. Austin 16:46 Read by Sibella Denton
050 - January 8, 1865: Dowager Lady Duff Gordon 2:44 Read by Sibella Denton
051 - January 9, 1865: Mrs. Austin 7:44 Read by Sibella Denton
052 - February 7, 1865: Miss Austin 3:00 Read by Sibella Denton
053 - February 7, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:40 Read by Sibella Denton
054 - February 7, 1865: Mrs. Ross 2:48 Read by Sibella Denton
055 - March 13, 1865: Mrs. Austin 8:23 Read by Sibella Denton
056 - March 25, 1865: Mrs. Ross 2:24 Read by Sibella Denton
057 - March 30, 1865: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 10:16 Read by Sibella Denton
058 - April 3, 1865: Mrs. Austin 4:49 Read by Sibella Denton
059 - April 3, 1865: Mrs. Ross 3:55 Read by Sibella Denton
060 - April, 1865: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 7:42 Read by Sibella Denton
061 - April 29, 1865: Mrs. Austin 14:52 Read by Sibella Denton
062 - May, 1865: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 6:55 Read by Sibella Denton
063 - June 16, 1865: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:49 Read by Sibella Denton
064 - October 28, 1865: Mrs. Austin 2:38 Read by Sibella Denton
065 - November 2, 1865: Mrs. Austin 2:21 Read by Sibella Denton
066 - November 27, 1865: Mrs. Austin 3:13 Read by Sibella Denton
067 - December 5, 1865: Mrs. Austin 3:14 Read by Sibella Denton
068 - December 25, 1865: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 16:38 Read by Sibella Denton
069 - January 3, 1866: Maurice Duff Gordon 3:16 Read by Sibella Denton
070 - January 15, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:39 Read by Sibella Denton
071 - February 7, 1886: Mrs. Austin 12:09 Read by Sibella Denton
072 - February 15, 1866: Mrs. Austin 4:10 Read by Sibella Denton
073 - February 22, 1866: Mrs. Ross 1:54 Read by Sibella Denton
074 - February 22, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:57 Read by Sibella Denton
075 - March 6, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:50 Read by Sibella Denton
076 - March 17, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:17 Read by Sibella Denton
077 - March 31, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 5:35 Read by Sibella Denton
078 -April, 1866: Mrs. Ross 2:02 Read by Sibella Denton
079 - April, 1866: Mrs. Austin 4:28 Read by Sibella Denton
080 - May 10, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 5:43 Read by Sibella Denton
081 - June 22, 1866: Maurice Duff Gordon 1:39 Read by Sibella Denton
082 - July 10, 1866: Mrs. Austin 15:42 Read by Sibella Denton
083 - July 17, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 4:02 Read by Sibella Denton
084 - August 20, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 5:41 Read by Sibella Denton
085 - August 27, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 7:18 Read by Sibella Denton
086 - September 21, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 3:04 Read by Sibella Denton
087 - September 21, 1866: Mrs. Austin 4:58 Read by Sibella Denton
088 - October 15, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 6:46 Read by Sibella Denton
089 - October 19, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:46 Read by Sibella Denton
090 - October 25, 1866: Mrs. Austin 2:48 Read by Sibella Denton
091 - November 21, 1866: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 13:37 Read by Sibella Denton
092 - December 5, 1866: Mrs. Ross 2:40 Read by Sibella Denton
093 - December 31, 1886: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 8:03 Read by Sibella Denton
094 - January 12, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 3:05 Read by Sibella Denton
095 - January 14, 1867: Mrs. Austin 4:46 Read by Sibella Denton
096 - January 22, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 4:13 Read by Sibella Denton
097 - January 26, 1867: Mrs. Austin 6:40 Read by Sibella Denton
098 - February 3, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 5:43 Read by Sibella Denton
099 - March 6, 1867: Mrs. Austin 8:29 Read by Sibella Denton
100 - March 7, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 3:25 Read by Sibella Denton
101 - April 12, 1867: Mrs. Austin 5:39 Read by Sibella Denton
102 - April 19, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 5:34 Read by Sibella Denton
103 - May 15, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 8:41 Read by Sibella Denton
104 - May 23, 1867: Mrs. Austin 4:52 Read by Sibella Denton
105 - June 30, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 3:32 Read by Sibella Denton
106 - July 8, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:06 Read by Sibella Denton
107 - July 28, 1867: Mrs. Austin 5:49 Read by Sibella Denton
108 - July 28, 1867: Mrs. Austin 2:45 Read by Sibella Denton
109 - August 7, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:10 Read by Sibella Denton
110 - August 8, 1867: Mrs. Austin 2:05 Read by Sibella Denton
111 - September 7, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 3:12 Read by Sibella Denton
112 - October 17, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 7:11 Read by Sibella Denton
113 - October 21, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:13 Read by Sibella Denton
114 - November 3, 1867: Mrs. Ross 1:48 Read by Sibella Denton
115 - December 20, 1867: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:13 Read by Sibella Denton
116 - January, 1868: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:47 Read by Sibella Denton
117 - April, 1868: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:51 Read by Sibella Denton
118 - May, 1868: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:14 Read by Sibella Denton
119 - June 14, 1868: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 3:31 Read by Sibella Denton
120 - October 22, 1868: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:23 Read by Sibella Denton
121 - November 6, 1868: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:08 Read by Sibella Denton
122 - January 25, 1869: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 4:28 Read by Sibella Denton
123 - June 15, 1869: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 2:56 Read by Sibella Denton
124 - July 9, 1869: Sir Alexander Duff Gordon 1:17 Read by Sibella Denton

Reviews

An excellent, if melancholy book


(4 stars)

Asa series of letters, and perhaps a travelogue, the listener needs to go into the book knowing that it does not have a plot, like fiction. Instead it has development of the many characters who are met by the writer. It is not a spoiler to state that she dies slightly after the end of the book; this is mentioned in the prologue, and, since as non-fiction there cannot be a plot as such, instead the core arc of the book is the writer gradually coming to the realisation that her travel to Egypt to seek a cure for consumption is failing, and then has failed, and that she will die in a foreign land, but surrounded by friends. This adds an increasingly melancholy tone to the book, but the writer was careful to square away the financial and personal interests of her servants before she died, so these supporting characters have complete stories. So, and excellent book, on its own terms. If you can't handle the narrator slowly coming to accept her death, then perhaps a recording of a book by her friend, A. B. Edwards, called "A Thousand Miles up the Nile" might suit you better, as they are similar. This author, however, is far warmer to the locals, and gets to know them far better than other Westerners, as she depends on them more due to her illness, and because, being less wealthy, she treats them more like people and less like servants.

m.f.harraz


(5 stars)

Fascinating. What a treasure, and what a loss the author died before writing more of her letters. She took with her knowledge about how Egypt and Egyptians in the heart of Egypt really lived. I will attempt a translation to Arabic since every Egyptian should know about the letters she wrote.

brave woman


(5 stars)

An amazing account about the life of many culture along the Nile river in the 1860. Lucy Duff Gordon had an open mind and heart as well as intelligence and emotional strength. Her letters provide a rare intimate view into a distant culture

LETTERS FROM EGYPT


(4 stars)

Great reading, very informative and insightful look at eastern life and Muslim culture from the point of view of amid nineteenth century visitors. The author is an unusual woman for her time