Current Opinion Volume 14

Current Opinion Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...Paslia's last home--a quiet burial place surrounded by a stone wall, and at present without any monument to mark the dignity of its inmate. Here, in the adjoining graveyard, all the halt and the maimed, blind and ragged of Cairo are daily fed by thousands, by order of the Khedive. I cannot attempt a description of the wretchedness and rags to be found here, nor the varied physiognomies to be seen, as, men on one side and women on the other, they "worry " the bread and meat distributed by servants under the direction of the police, while "sakkahs" all the while are busy giving water to the thirsty. After visiting the actual burial place of the Khedive (where hired mourners sing doleful chants the whole day through), and partaking of coffee and a cigarette, I return again to the dear old streets of Cairo. These are, of course, narrow and tortuous, swarming with human and all sorts of animal life, and laden with that indescribable odor inseparable from the East. Wherefrom these smells arise I know not, but they have a quiet intensity which pervades everything; and it is a literal fact that I have smelt Cairo four miles away. But fin spite of smells, how I love its streets and bazaars, where every turn presents a picture and every incident a study To really enjoy these scenes they must be lived in and quietly absorbed. Walk about by yourself (leave your "Baedeker" at home) and see just so much as your own insight detects, and revel in I/rat. Oriental life cannot be properly appreciated under the guidances of a dragoman, who hurries you from point to point, ignoring the living history of the place so carelesslessly passed en route. How I enjoyed my first run around these dear, dirty streets after several years...show more

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  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 630g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236981227
  • 9781236981226