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Tales of Secret Egypt Hardcover – Jul 25 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (July 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0548022763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0548022764
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
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About the Author

Sax Rohmer (1883 1959) was a prolific English mystery writer who was best known for his thriller novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu-Manchu.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fc12f30) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de4fda4) out of 5 stars TALES OF SECRET EGYPT by Sax Rohmer July 26 2010
By MOTU Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tales of Secret Egypt is a 1918 collection of stories by Sax Rohmer, who is best known as the creator of Dr. Fu Manchu. There are twelve tales here; the first six concern mercenary relic hunter Neville Kernaby and his dealings with the mysterious Egyptian agent Abu Tabah, who always seems to be one step ahead of him. The last six stories are also Cairo-based but otherwise unrelated, and feature repeated themes of native myth and magic and the immediate and complete infatuation of Western men with Egyptian women.

Rohmer's love of all things Egyptian is obvious, and his depictions of the sights, sounds and smells of Cairo make that city come alive. And Rohmer is a fully competent writer; once in a while he will drop a delightfully clever sentence on the reader. But his problem is the stories themselves. Nearly every story ends with a twist or revelation in the final sentence, but most of these are not surprising or interesting, and some are painfully obvious. He also uses too much Arabic - there are far too many words whose definitions cannot remotely be guessed at from the context.

Tales of Secret Egypt contains throughout a matter-of-fact racism not unlike the racism Rohmer has taken flak for in his Fu Manchu stories. The reader can, without much effort, construct something of a hierarchy of races, according to Rohmer: Whites, Arabs, Indians, Chinese, and, at the bottom, blacks (every black in every story in this volume is a massive, stupid goon).

In the end, it's really just too bad that so many of the stories in Tales of Secret Egypt just sit there, because it would otherwise be a fine collection of exotic crime and mystery stories.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de4fdf8) out of 5 stars Just too much fun! Nov. 29 2013
By D. E. Howe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Exciting story from the pulp fiction classical days of wild adventures and strange uncharted places and freaky people with murder on their minds!
HASH(0x9fd840f0) out of 5 stars The beginning of Sax Rohmer's love affair with Eqypt Oct. 24 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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These are early stories of Rohmer's, taking place in and around Eqypt. Sax and his wife Elizabeth went to visit Egypt in the late nineteen-teens. Mysterious Arab secret agents, beautiful and seductive young harem girls, and places the Rohmers visited, such as the Pyramid of Meydum, are the foundations of these tales. Sit back and enjoy a young author a few years before he hits his prime.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de4ffcc) out of 5 stars TALES OF SECRET EGYPT by Sax Rohmer July 26 2010
By MOTU Review - Published on Amazon.com
Tales of Secret Egypt is a 1918 collection of stories by Sax Rohmer, who is best known as the creator of Dr. Fu Manchu. There are twelve tales here; the first six concern mercenary relic hunter Neville Kernaby and his dealings with the mysterious Egyptian agent Abu Tabah, who always seems to be one step ahead of him. The last six stories are also Cairo-based but otherwise unrelated, and feature repeated themes of native myth and magic and the immediate and complete infatuation of Western men with Egyptian women.

Rohmer's love of all things Egyptian is obvious, and his depictions of the sights, sounds and smells of Cairo make that city come alive. And Rohmer is a fully competent writer; once in a while he will drop a delightfully clever sentence on the reader. But his problem is the stories themselves. Nearly every story ends with a twist or revelation in the final sentence, but most of these are not surprising or interesting, and some are painfully obvious. He also uses too much Arabic - there are far too many words whose definitions cannot remotely be guessed at from the context.

Tales of Secret Egypt contains throughout a matter-of-fact racism not unlike the racism Rohmer has taken flak for in his Fu Manchu stories. The reader can, without much effort, construct something of a hierarchy of races, according to Rohmer: Whites, Arabs, Indians, Chinese, and, at the bottom, blacks (every black in every story in this volume is a massive, stupid goon).

In the end, it's really just too bad that so many of the stories in Tales of Secret Egypt just sit there, because it would otherwise be a fine collection of exotic crime and mystery stories.
HASH(0x9fd84528) out of 5 stars Five Stars March 2 2015
By Dennis Mark Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Got it and loved it. Thanks for the addition to my library. Quick shipping too!

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