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When Egypt Went Broke   By: (1865-1935)

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When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day is a gripping and thought-provoking exploration of the economic decline faced by Egypt in the early 20th century. Set against the backdrop of political upheaval and social unrest, this book delves deep into the complexities of a nation grappling with financial ruin.

The author masterfully paints a vivid picture of Egypt's downward spiral, taking the reader on a journey through its crumbling economy, growing debt, and the subsequent impact on its people. Drawing on extensive research and historical facts, Day skillfully intertwines fiction with reality, creating a narrative that educates and engages readers in equal measure.

One of the strengths of this book is Day's ability to bring the characters to life. Through their personal experiences, struggles, and triumphs, the reader gains a profound understanding of the human toll that accompanies economic collapse. From an impoverished farmer trying to feed his family to a disillusioned government official torn between loyalty and morality, the diverse array of characters adds depth and authenticity to the story.

Day's writing style is vivid and evocative, transporting readers straight to the heart of Egypt during its darkest times. His descriptive prose paints a bleak yet captivating picture, allowing us to witness the destitution faced by the Egyptian people and feel their desperation. Moments of hope and resilience are deftly intertwined, creating a balanced narrative that captures the essence of the human spirit in times of adversity.

One aspect that slightly detracts from the overall reading experience is the occasional lack of clarity in the timeline and historical context. While Day extensively explores the economic aspects, some readers may have benefited from a more comprehensive historical background to fully grasp the events leading up to Egypt's financial collapse. However, this minor flaw does not overshadow the overall quality of the book.

When Egypt Went Broke is not a mere historical account but a cautionary tale that resonates with modern times. Day's exploration of the economic vulnerabilities and the consequences they bring serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of nations and the importance of sound financial management. The book prompts readers to reflect on the precarious nature of economies worldwide and the need for foresight and responsible governance.

In conclusion, When Egypt Went Broke is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that skillfully weaves together history, fiction, and social commentary. With its richly drawn characters, engrossing narrative, and insightful exploration of economic decline, it is a book that both educates and entertains. Day's storytelling prowess shines throughout, and readers will undoubtedly find themselves immersed in the struggles, triumphs, and ultimately, the resilience of the Egyptian people.

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By Holman Day




Tasper Britt arose in the gray dawn, as usual.

Some fishermen, seeking bait, stay up late and "jack" angleworms with a bull's eye light. The big worms are abroad on the soil under cover of the darkness. Other fishermen get up early and dig while the dew is holding the smaller worms near the surface of the ground; in going after worms the shrewd operator makes the job easy for himself.

Tasper Britt "Twelve per cent Britt" trimmed his slumber at both ends was owl and early bird, both, in his pursuit of the pence of the people, and got 'em coming and going.

He was the money boss for the town of Egypt, and those who did not give him his per cent nickname called him "Phay ray oh" but behind his back, of course. To his face his debt slaves bespoke his favor obsequiously. Seeing that nearly every "Egyptian" with collateral owed him money, Mr. Britt had no fault to find with his apparent popularity. He did believe, complacently, that he was popular. A man who was less sure of himself would not have dared to appear out, all at once, with his beard dyed purple black and with a scratch wig to match. Men gasped when they came into his office in Britt Block, but men held their faces measurably under control even though their diaphragms fluttered; the need of renewing a note paying a bonus for the privilege helped supplicants to hold in any bubbling hilarity... Continue reading book >>

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