This is a chronicle of travels through modern Egypt; a landscape strewn with incongruities and peopled by a vivid cast of characters. Their stories form part of Kennedy's funny, yet ultimately serious portrait of Egypt today. Sidestepping the usual assortment of pyramids, Kennedy discovers an Egypt in which Bedouin watch American television, monks have word processors and everything is a world away from the common "archaelogical theme park" image usually accorded this country.
Douglas Kennedy is the author of THE JOB, THE BIG PICTURE, THE DEAD HEART (now being filmed by the makers of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT) and three travel books, BEYOND THE PYRAMIDS, IN GOD'S COUNTRY and CHASING MAMMON. Born in New York City in 1955, he lives in London with his wife and two children.