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The Khedive's Country   By: (1831-1909)

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The Khedive's Country by George Manville Fenn is an engaging historical novel that immerses the reader in the rich and vibrant landscapes of 19th century Egypt. Fenn masterfully weaves a tale filled with adventure, romance, and political intrigue against the backdrop of an Egypt governed by the Khedive.

Set during a time when European nations were vying for control over Egypt, the story follows the life of Paul Fynes, a courageous and resourceful British officer stationed in Alexandria. Fynes exudes a strong sense of duty and loyalty towards his country, which is tested when he becomes embroiled in an intricate web of Egyptian politics and treachery.

The novel excellently captures the exotic allure of Egypt, transporting the reader to bustling markets, opulent palaces, and majestic landscapes. Fenn's descriptive prose breathes life into the scenes, allowing the reader to vividly visualize the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant country.

What sets The Khedive's Country apart from other historical novels is the author's meticulous research and attention to detail. Fenn effortlessly blends historical facts and events into the narrative, providing readers with an authentic glimpse into Egypt's tumultuous political climate at the time. From the complex dynamics between the Khedive and British officials to the tensions between different Egyptian factions, Fenn's portrayal of the era is both enlightening and engrossing.

Furthermore, Fenn's skill in creating compelling and multi-dimensional characters is evident throughout the book. From Fynes, whose courage and determination make him a captivating protagonist, to the enigmatic and alluring Egyptian princess, Zephesa, each character is carefully crafted with depth and nuance. Their interactions and relationships add an extra layer of intrigue and emotion to the story, making it impossible to put the book down.

Despite its historical backdrop, The Khedive's Country is not limited to political machinations and military engagements. Fenn skillfully infuses the narrative with romance, providing moments of tenderness and passion that beautifully complement the overall plot. The chemistry between Fynes and Zephesa is palpable, adding another captivating dimension to the story.

Although the plot moves at a steady pace, there are moments when the narrative becomes slightly predictable, with some twists and turns feeling somewhat familiar. Nevertheless, Fenn's compelling storytelling and captivating descriptions keep the reader invested until the very end.

In conclusion, The Khedive's Country is a captivating historical novel that beautifully captures the essence of 19th century Egypt. With its intricate plot, well-researched historical backdrop, and memorable characters, George Manville Fenn has crafted a tale that transports readers to a bygone era filled with adventure and intrigue. Whether one is a history enthusiast or simply appreciates a well-crafted story, this book is sure to captivate and entertain.

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The Khedive's Country, by George Manville Fenn.



Man's oldest pursuit was undoubtedly the tilling of the soil. He may in his earliest beginnings have combined therewith a certain amount of hunting while he was waiting for his crops to grow, and was forced into seeking wild fruits and turning up and experimenting on the various forms of root, learning, too, doubtless with plenty of bitter punishment, to distinguish between the good and nutritious and the poisonous and bad.

As a matter of course, a certain amount of fighting would ensue. Wild animals would be encountered, or fellow savages would resent his intrusion upon lands where the acorns were most plentiful, or some tasty form of fungus grew. But whether from natural bent or necessity, as well as from his beginnings recorded in the ancient Book, he was a gardener, and the natural outcome of gardening was, as ideas expanded, his becoming a farmer.

The world has gone rolling on, and many changes have taken place, but these pursuits remain unaltered. The love of a garden seems to be inborn; and though probably there are children who have never longed to have one of their own, they are rarities, for of whichever sex they be, the love of this form of nature still remains... Continue reading book >>

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