Letters from Cairo: This is a memoir not a travelogue (English Edition)

ሊ Uses of text Letters from Cairo: This is a memoir not a travelogue (English Edition) ᓩ Kindle By Kerry Duncan ᠶ ሊ Uses of text Letters from Cairo: This is a memoir not a travelogue (English Edition) ᓩ Kindle By Kerry Duncan ᠶ Letters from Cairo chronicles my life in Cairo while on an overseas posting with my husband between 2002 and 2004 The book is interspersed with photographs and letters that I wrote to family and friends back home in Scotland The letters recount my amusement, delight and frustration with the daily difficulties of living in a third world city Sometimes they echo an event written in the main text but that illustrates how differently I projected my experience in the letters The main text of the book paints the complete picture and is a darker, poignant tale We lived in Cairo in a time of increasing local hostility to Westerners, the onset and continuation of the Iraq War The book is a true reflection of how living in Cairo affected me and to some extent all other expatriates Some of the letters will make the reader laugh out loud It might encourage people to have a real adventure and live in a different place, in a different world or not Perhaps all would be expatriates should read the book first It also gives an insight into why the Arab Spring happened and the continuing problems in the Middle East and North Africa I hope it will allow the readers some compassion for how difficult life can be in an unstable and poor country for indigenous and visiting residents.I have related a little of my unusual personal background which may explain why I had such a unique perspective of living in Egypt My Irish mother immigrated to the US in the early 1950s and married my father, a Hispanic American, in 1959 He had a troubled past and possibly had an undiagnosed mental illness I was born prematurely in San Francisco and when I was a toddler we went on a trip to Europe ending up at my maternal Grandmothers house in Scotland My father flew off to the States saying he would send tickets and I am still waiting.My mother was a loving single mother who was devastated by her failed marriage She, too, had an underlying mental illness and had a severe mental breakdown in the 1970s Treatment was less sophisticated with numerous rounds of electric shock therapy and ineffective medication Subsequently, she deteriorated into a haze of alcoholism making my teenage life very unhappy and difficult I married at 21 to my wonderful husband but perhaps might have waited a little longer had life not seemed so hopeless.My husband and I travelled extensively while posted in Egypt Malaysia, Dubai, Europe and USA and this is narrated in the book I didnt usually travel with my husband when we lived in Scotland but I was unable to stay by myself in Cairo so every cloud has a silver lining The Epilog, which is my final letter, is hilarious yet distressing and somehow encapsulates the intense flavour of our time spent in Egypt.In the title I write, This is a memoir not a travelogue, and as you read the book you will see that Cairo is just the backdrop to my deteriorating mental health The stressful conditions of living there exacerbated my existing condition and it is miraculous that I managed to cope with living there, albeit with fantastic medical help I was surprised at the high quality of medical care in some respects, not in others My struggle might give readers, with their own problems, hope that almost any situation can be manageable and perhaps feel blessed that they dont live in such an environment.Much of the book describes our relationship with the various feral street animals that entered our lives It both grounded and stressed me looking after so many animals in need but we loved them so much that we took three street cats back to America Astonishingly, given their poor early start in life they are all still alive aged between 12 and 13 We adore them and they have cost many thousands of dollars to both transport and get specialist 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    • Format Kindle
    • Letters from Cairo: This is a memoir not a travelogue (English Edition)
    • Kerry Duncan
    • Anglais
    • 22 January 2016
    • 192 pages

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