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Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt

Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal
Egypt has been mentioned many times across a number of Books and movies across history. The goal of this article is to provide everyone with a list of all the amazing books and movies that have mentioned Egypt. This article was written by a very skilled team of tour guides, historians, and travel consultants.  Due to the numerous numbers monuments, treasures, attractions, and fascinating spots in Egypt, writers, and storytellers were inspired throughout the past centuries to write about the great history of Egypt. There are countless stories and secrets are untold on the Land of Pharaohs and the best way for any traveler to experience the ultimate level of excitement and explore the greatness of Egypt is through one of the most recommended Egypt Tour Packages but the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all people all over the world and made it somehow difficult to leave homes and travel abroad.

14 Of Favourite Books & Movies That Narrates Egypt History

So we have come today with a unique collection of the best names of movies & books that introduce a lot about the best parts of Egypt through the imagination of the most fascinating writers in the world. So make use of your spare time now and start digging in the wonderful history of Egypt to know more and more of such a terrific country starting from the days of the Ancients.

1- Chronicle of the Last Summer by Yasmine El-Rashidi

Chronicle of the Last Summer by Yasmine El-Rashidi - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal It is such a wonderful novel written by the amazing writer Yasmine in 2016 and its content revolves around the different experiences of a narrator “A young girl” who is recording her summer while being in Cairo in 1984. You will listen to some of the conversations between the narrator and her family while reading the novel and that way you will feel like enjoying the experience of being with a local family in Egypt, knowing some of their traditions and the way of life. Throughout the novel, you will see the different timeframe and how the narrator turned to be a filmmaker and to a writer. She made sure to depict some of the biggest responsibilities, complicities, and oppression that she had to face in her life.

1- The Egyptian by Mika Waltari

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal Egypt has witnessed a huge change in the way of life during the 14th century either through religion, shifts in leadership, art, etc and the amazing novel was written by Mika Waltari here depicts the biggest social & political dynamics which the narrator had to face in that era. The main character in that story is called Sinuhe and he is trying to describe the travails of his life. You will find yourself in the middle of the ancient Egyptian drama during the 18th dynasty followed by the great events that Egypt witnessed during the reign of king Akhenaten as he was the one who has established the new capital of Egypt. Although the whole story of the Egyptian is fictional it narrates lots of stories regarding the ancient history in Egypt with a lot of accurate details. This story is partially inspired by the ancient Egyptian tale called “The Story of Sinuhe” which is considered a huge mark of Finnish literature.

2- Akhenaten {Dweller in Truth} by Naguib Mahfouz

Akhenaten {Dweller in Truth} by Naguib Mahfouz - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal This incredible book was written by the great Arabic writer, Naguib Mahfouz in 1985 and it shows very clear perspectives regarding the ancient life in Egypt especially during the reign of king Akhenaten. You will be able to explore while reading that novel some of the greatest achievements of that pharaoh. On the other hand, another amazing writer; Michelle Moran took a closer look at the Pharaoh’s wife; Queen Nefertiti in her novel that was written in 2008 under the title “Nefertiti”. There are lots of mysteries and secrets that you really need to know regarding ancient Egyptian life and you will definitely be able to explore a great deal of them through reading such stories, so try and you will never regret it.

2- The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal The author managed throughout his novel that was written in 2008 to speak about a Jewish family that lived in Egypt in 1963 after the cascading events. The life of the father in this story is with no doubt the essential part of this story as it shows lots of struggle and escapes from the unknown. You will feel like living in Old Cairo while reading and exploring its ancient treasures all around.

3- Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal If you would like to explore the amazing beauty of the Nile River, you should definitely read this novel that was written via the amazing writer; Agatha Christie in 1937 that discusses a mystery death incident on the Nile and she tries to show via her novel that vacations may not go as planned. The main character in that novel is Detective Hercule Poirot who is trying to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Egypt starting from Cairo city but there will be a few challenges while riding a Nile River Cruise between Luxor and Aswan. The author chose the title of her novel very carefully to add the concept of excitement and mystery over her story just like the mystery novels she used to write.

4- Death on the Nile by John Guillermin

Death on the Nile by John Guillermin - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal The film is one of the best examples that depict life in Egypt and the best sites that are usually visited by the tourists who come to Egypt to enjoy their vacations. It was written in 1978 and it matches the same plot of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile Story. The field depicts the amazing Egyptian sites that should be visited in Egypt. Peter Ustinov did the role of detective Hercule. Throughout the film, you will be able to check the feeling to embark on a Nile River Cruise in the middle of the Nile River, head to Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan {One of the best hotels ever all around Egypt}, enjoy a tour at Karnak Temples Complex, and last but not least enjoy a remarkable visit to Abu Simbel Temples. Throughout our incredible Egypt Tour Packages, you will be able to have some majestic visits to all of those sites and much more to follow the steps of the Ancient Egyptians.

5- Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal The actions of that movie took place almost 1000 miles away from Tunisia. It is one of its kind as it is considered one of the first movies that depict the streets and buildings in Cairo during the 1930s. This movie was produced in 1981 and you will enjoy it a lot while watching that movie whose hero is the talented actor “Harrison Ford” who is known to be the Iconic archeologist “Indiana Jones”. There is lots of entertainment and excitement in this movie as it narrates lots of discovery, superstitious curses, and magic.

6- The Yacoubian Building by Marwan Hamed

The Yacoubian Building by Marwan Hamed - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal This is one of the most successful Egyptian movies that were produced in history and it recorded more than 6 million EGP on the first week of its opening in 2006. It depicts a real old building that is located in downtown Cairo and there are so many tenants on the building who form different stories including an engineer, a songstress, a millionaire, and an ambitious tailor. You will be able to witness a firm critique of life in Egypt after the 1952 Coup d’etat.

7- Cairo Time by Ruba Nadda

Cairo Time by Ruba Nadda - 10 Books and Movies That Will Transport You Straight to Egypt - Egypt Tours Portal This is one of the best examples of romantic drama that was led by actress Patricia Clarkson in her role as wife, Juliette. The movie depicts the experience of Juliette while being in Cairo. It is such an amazing city where the love story begins and never ends and while watching the movie, you will have enough chance to explore the old streets, shopping markets, and monuments located in Cairo. With such amazing movies and incredible stories & novels, you will never get bored or miss the chance to exploring the greatness of Egypt even during the COVID pandemic. So enjoy reading about the ancient history of Egypt and enjoy every single second of your free time till you get the chance of heading on a trip to Egypt.

8. "The Lamp of Umm Hashim and other stories"

A 1943 collection of short stories written by Yahya Hakki that explores the cultural differences between the east and west, the titular "Lamp of Umm Hashim" is a famous story that follows a young Egyptian studying to be a doctor in England, who returns to Egypt and finds he wishes to apply what he learned to his native culture, but struggle up against Egyptian traditions. It was this story that was adapted into a film in 1968 by Kamal Attia.

 

9. "Palace Walk"

From the Egyptian grand-master of literature Naguib Mahfouz, comes the first installment of his critically acclaimed "Cairo Trilogy". where Readers are taken back in time through 1917 to 1919, where Mahfouz explores the massive political and societal shifting atmosphere that occurred as a result of World War I and the revolution against the British which was adapted into a 1962 film by Hassan Al Imam.

10. "Palace Desire"

The second book in Mahfouz's "Cairo Trilogy” explores the personal habits and troubles of a wealthy aristocratic family in Egypt and the political turmoil of 1920s Cairo during the Colonial era. Its film adaptation was directed by Hassan Al Imam in 1967.

11. "Sugar Street"

The final installment of Mahfouz's "Cairo Trilogy", that sees its central character aging and sick, yet through his three grandsons, is able to see the rise of modern Egypt, each living their own complex and twisting lives. It was adapted into a film in 1973 by Hassan Al Imam.

12. "The Open Door"

Latifa Al-Zayyat's novel takes place in 1952 and explores the rise of Egyptian nationalism against the youth of Egypt fighting for freedom, equality, women's rights, and the chance to build a better future. It was adapted into a movie in 1963 by Henry Barakat.

13. "A Sparrow from the East"

Another tale of Egypt meets Europe, this time from master Arab author Tawfik Hakim, which follows a young Egyptian man's encounter with love in Paris and the conflicts of culture he faces. The 1938 novel was adapted into a 1986 film by Youssef Francis.

14. "The Call of the Curlew"

This novel by Egyptian master of literature Taha Hussein is the story of a young peasant girl named Amna, who suffers hardships but eventually marries into wealth, only to find that her life doesn't necessarily get better even with all the money in the world. It was made into a 1959 film by Henry Barakat.

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