A Long Night At Abu Simbel

by Penelope Lively | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780146000423 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 4/10/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Back cover:
Three incisive vignettes of human experience

Penelope Lively grew up in Egypt but settled in England after the War and took a degree in history at Oxford. Her novels and short stories have been highly acclaimed and she has been shortlisted three times for the Booker prize which she won for Moon Tiger in 1987. These short stories are taken from Pack of Cards, which is published in Penguin...

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (4/10/2024 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


Traveling with a few others via wishlist-tag.

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, April 12, 2024
The wishlist-tag books arrived safely on this rainy day, along with the bonus stickers and labels - thanks so much! I'm always glad to have more of these Penguin 60s books.

This one includes three stories: the title tale, "The Emasculation of Ted Roper" (about an old man who identifies a bit too strongly with his randy tomcat), and "Pack of Cards" (about a man who finally gets to visit the family of his love-interest, only to discover that their entire library consists of books that have never been read).

The title story was quite riveting, in a dark way: a tour guide, exasperated by how unpleasant her charges are and how difficult it's been getting guides who show up on time, finally just walks off the job - abandoning her charges at the remote Abu Simbel site, without letting any of them know. They blithely ignore the final toots of the horn from their bus driver, and only discover their situation after having to hike a couple of miles to the tiny airport - where they learn they'll have to stay until the next day's plane comes in. Cue much bickering, some suspense (there are elderly folk among the tourists), and a general "traveler's nightmare" situation... There's a nice (and all-too-believable) little fillip at the end, and overall I liked the story.

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