Our Horses in Egypt

Our Horses in Egypt Philomena fat and lazy when she is requisitioned from an English field at the start of the First World War sails for Egypt with the territorial regiment the Dorset Yeomanry She serves faithfully c

  • Title: Our Horses in Egypt
  • Author: Rosalind Belben
  • ISBN: 9780701175948
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Philomena, fat and lazy when she is requisitioned from an English field at the start of the First World War, sails for Egypt with the territorial regiment, the Dorset Yeomanry She serves faithfully, charging the dervishes in the Western Desert and enduring the privations of Allenby s great campaign in Palestine She recovers from wounds to swelter through a summer in thePhilomena, fat and lazy when she is requisitioned from an English field at the start of the First World War, sails for Egypt with the territorial regiment, the Dorset Yeomanry She serves faithfully, charging the dervishes in the Western Desert and enduring the privations of Allenby s great campaign in Palestine She recovers from wounds to swelter through a summer in the Jordan Valley She takes part in the triumphant advance on Damascus only to be sold off in Cairo among the 22,000 horses left behind by the War Office after the Armistice.By 1921, the forceful Griselda Romney, a war widow in the author s Hound Music she was a child has discovered that her old hunter, Philomena, could be still alive With her six year old daughter, and of course Nanny, Mrs Romney sets out to Egypt, to find Philomena and to rescue her Our Horses in Egypt depicts the work of a troop horse in the Army and of exotic Cairo, in political unrest as meticulously and exuberantly as Hound Music recreated the milieu of Edwardian fox hunting.

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    • Rosalind Belben

      Rosalind Belben is an English novelist She was born in 1941 in Dorset where she now lives She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Her novel Our Horses in Egypt won the James Tait Black Award in 2007 Among her other books are Bogies, Reuben Little Hero, The Limit, Dreaming of Dead People, and Hound Music.

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    • In my reading of Rosalind Belben's Our Horses in Egypt, the tale of WWI widow Griselda Romney's search through Egypt and Palestine for her once-requisitioned horse, there were three phases. During Phase One, which lasted a good eighty or so pages, I had a hard time making headway with Belben's extremely clipped, sparse prose, which reads at times like an upper-class British short-hand complete with in-jokes only marginally comprehensible to a middle-class American like myself. The combination of [...]


    • it's bizarre, and probably the most amazing, least "accessible" book I've read this year. Belben has written a number of other books, I'm looking out for them.


    • Our Horses in Egypt is a wonderfully strange work. Certainly it's a novel and while it's set is a very specific (as well as fairly obscure) historical situation, it's not a historical novel at all. Rather it's a somewhat suppressed or disguised meditation on the relationship of humans and their animals, and what we make them do and then what happens to them, and to us. Rosalind Belben here works in the area of horses drafted into WWI, a subject I had never thought about, although I was aware the [...]


    • Griselda leaves England in search of her horse, Philomenia, who was requisitioned for service in WW1. The book tells Philomenia's story of the battles she was in during the War and the horse's subsequent life in Egypt. It also describes Griselda's challenge to find her horse. The story was interesting, but the writing was a little choppy.


    • difficult because much specialized language:horse-related military jargon upper-class English slang colonial British termscharacters are engrossing eventually: horse, child, nanny, the woman, the Egyptian


    • Took a while to get this book but worth the search. The negativity the women experienced because they worried about horses instead of men was something I hadn't considered.




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