The Blue Nile Author:Alan Moorhead The devotees of Alan Moorhead's earlier books about Africa will revel in The Blue Nile, the story of Western exploration and expansion, from 1798 through the nineteenth century, into the regions watered by the Nile on its long journey from Lake Tana in Abyssinia to the Mediterranean. These lands had been forgotten since Roman times, or had never... more » been known at all.
It is a story peopled with bizarre and fascinating individuals and rich in extraordinary events, far-away places and exotic sights. Four enthralling characters, in particular, act and react against a background of slavery and massacre, political upheavals, and war; an eighteenth century pioneering Scot laird, of great height and massive prejudice; a small-statured Corsican corporal who invaded Egypt on his way from being Counsel to becoming Emperor; a Turkish official whose influence was felt and feared throughout North Africa; and a black despot, professedly a Christian, veering from extravagant benevolence to murder and destruction on the grandest scale.
These men dominate a panorama of glittering color, pounding excitement and continual fascination« less