This book is in a Controlled Release! I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt so this book seemed the perfect choice for me, it blends history, fiction and throws in a bit of a detective story - perfect! Atum-hadu is credited with writing a book of quatrains which are lasvicious to put it mildly. Although Ralph comes from a good English family, they are "without means" and he needs backers to fund his expedition to find Atum-hadu's tomb and treasure.
In Boston, he finds backers and a fiancee, and then starts off for Egypt to begin his expedition. Littered through the novel are tidbits of Egyptology and Howard Carter's expedition in the early 's. Entwined in Ralph's story is the story of a missing Australian man, Paul Caldwell and the search for him by Australian Detective, Ferrell. The novel crosses continents and time and is always interesting. It is suspenseful and thrilling at evevry turn.
I think the illustrations that Trilipush makes of the tomb throughout the expedition tell the story marvellously and foreshadow the ending. There's no real explanation of what drives Trilipush to his final conclusions but I think the author wants the novel to extrapolate and conjure up their own final thoughts. One interesting note.. The thing that is interesting is that in , when this novel is mostly set - Canada did not have 12 provinces OK, you got me! I was browsing the book buffet and busily trying to push my own books into the hands of other BCers when I was pounced on about this one.
After hearing it compared to among other things Nabakov's Pale Fire which I loved , I had to nab this one. Looks intriguing! And even though most of the characters weren't all that likeable and some were downright nasty , I had a lot of fun following them along on their adventures and deductions.
And the characters do have some depth: pathetically lonely Ferrell, reaching out for some recognition decades after his greatest case went only semi-solved; the increasingly frustrated and misunderstood Trillipush, whose academic brilliance isn't bringing him the success he knows he deserves; the bright Australian lad, Paul Caldwell, who was victimized by poverty and an oppressive class system I remember getting quite angry at the people who kept picking on Paul! Even at its darker moments and some are very dark , there's a wry turn to it all.
Ferrell recasting his own story to include his correspondent Macy as a sort of Watson to his own Holmes; Trillipush's attempts to chat up Howard Carter, and, when he doesn't receive as much respect as he thinks he's due, his casual downplaying of Carter's find which the reader knows is actually to be the greatest find in all of Egyptology ; and all through the writings, bits and pieces of the, um, amorous poetry of Atum-hadu A truly delightful book.
I may pick up another copy to keep, and re-read one of these days. Thanks for sharing this one!
The only aspect of the book that suffered a bit in audio was that the illustrations of the hieroglyphs and maps could not be shown. The narrator described the map-related points that were important to the story, but it was much easier to see what was happening when looking at the illustrations. And the very explicit hieroglyphs in the fron of the book depicting the name of Atum-hadu - well, the audiobook narrator didn't even try to describe those, which is probably just as well! According to the author's afterword, the specific symbol for sexual arousal used in Atum-hadu's name is a genuine hieroglyph; funny, that it never turned up in my school's classes on ancient Egypt Hope the finder enjoys the book!
So I stopped by the local Used Book Superstore just to see what was on hand.
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Anyway, I was browsing the trade-paperback shelves to see if I could pick up inexpensive release copies of favorite titles, including this one - and lo! Not only did I find a copy of The Egyptologist , but it turned out to be this one, that I'd caught at the Charleston convention and had released in the wild a couple of years ago! Just wanted to pop in and say hi : It's cool you found our book again : The site looks amazing!!! Hope you enjoy it!
This arrived in the mail today! I am going to enjoy reading it on my summer vacation, which starts in exactly two days! Also, thank you for the Edward Gorey postcard : Very fitting I will journal again once I've read it and will probably pass it along at one of our Calgary BC meetings. Great book! I am going to pass this book along to rureading, one of my fellow Calgary bookcrossers as she expressed an interest in this book at our last BC meeting.
It will sit on my shelf until I see her at the next meeting on August 8th. Thank you so much for passing this book along to me, GoryDetails! I hope she enjoys it as much as I did! If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? From the bestselling author of Prague comes a witty, inventive, brilliantly constructed novel about an Egyptologist obsessed with finding the tomb of an apocryphal king.
This darkly comic labyrinth of a story opens on the desert plains of Egypt in , then winds its way from the slums of Australia to the ballrooms of Boston by way of Oxford, the battlefields of the First World War, and a royal court in turmoil. Meanwhile, a relentless Australian detective sets off on the case of his career, spanning the globe in search of a murderer. And another murderer. And possibly another murderer. The confluence of these seemingly separate stories results in an explosive ending, at once inevitable and utterly unpredictable.
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Verified Purchase. OMG, this novel. It is not for everyone, but you will feel like you are part of a privileged little circle if you share the author's sense of humor.
It's brilliant. My daughter and I have read this story several times and enjoy it immensely. I shared it with a friend and she remarked that she could guess what was going to happen next so she didn't like it. But, that's part of the appeal, you can see where the story is going and it's hilarious. We owned the paperback version but really needed the hardcover for all the re-reads in our future.
One person found this helpful. This follow-up to Prague has mixed or negative reviews from readers who may not care for farce of any hue or dexterity. But who can say the parallel narratives, focused on Luxor in , perhaps Egyptology's most momentous year, are not inventive, and that Phillips does not bring a surfeit of writerly style?
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Further, s voices, particularly where, as here, epistolary, aren't to everyone's taste either nowadays, thus some readers seem to have trouble at the start and others, for different reasons, at the finish.