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In Search of King Solomon's Mines: A Modern Adventurer's Quest for Gold and History in the Land of the Queen of Sheba Paperback – 12 Jul 2012


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611454247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611454246
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tahir Shah is the author of fifteen books, many of which chronicle a wide range of outlandish journeys through Africa, Asia and the Americas. For him, there's nothing so important as deciphering the hidden underbelly of the lands through which he travels. Shunning well-trodden tourist paths, he avoids celebrated landmarks, preferring instead to position himself on a busy street corner or in a dusty café and observe life go by. Insisting that we can all be explorers, he says there's wonderment to be found wherever we are - it's just a matter of seeing the world with fresh eyes.

In the tradition of A Thousand and One Nights, Shah's first 2013 release, SCORPION SOUP, is a treasury of nested tales. One linking effortlessly into the next, the stories form a cornucopia of lore and values, the kind that has for centuries shaped the cultural landscape of the East. Amusing, poignant, and thoroughly entertaining, the collection stays with you, conjuring a magic all of its own.

Shah's 2012 novel, TIMBUCTOO, is inspired by a true life tale from two centuries ago. The story of the first Christian to venture to Timbuctoo and back - a young illiterate American sailor - it has been an obsession since Shah discovered it in the bowels of the London Library twenty years ago.

His 2011 collection entitled TRAVELS WITH MYSELF is a body of work as varied and as any, with reportage pieces as diverse as the women on America's Death Row, to the trials and tribulations of his encounter in a Pakistani torture jail.

Another recent work, IN ARABIAN NIGHTS, looks at how stories are used in cultures such as Morocco, as a matrix by which information, values and ideas are passed on from one generation to the next. That book follows on the heels of the celebrated CALIPH'S HOUSE: A Year in Casablanca, lauded as one of Time Magazine's Top 10 Books of the year.

His other works include an epic quest through Peru's cloud forest for the greatest lost city of the Incas (HOUSE OF THE TIGER KING), as well as a journey through Ethiopia in search of the source of King Solomon's gold (IN SEARCH OF KING SOLOMON'S MINES). Previous to that, Shah published an account of a journey through the Amazon on the trail of the Birdmen of the Amazon (TRAIL OF FEATHERS), as well as a book of his experiences in India, as a godman's pupil (SORCERER'S APPRENTICE).

Tahir Shah's books have appeared in thirty languages and in more than seventy editions. They are celebrated for their original viewpoint, and for combining hardship with vivid description.

He also makes documentary films, which are shown worldwide on National Geographical Television, and The History Channel. The latest, LOST TREASURE OF AFGHANISTAN, has been screened on British TV and shown worldwide. While researching the programme Shah was arrested along with his film crew and incarcerated in a Pakistani torture jail, where they spent sixteen terrifying days and nights.

His other documentaries include: HOUSE OF THE TIGER KING, SEARCH FOR THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, and THE SEARCH FOR KING SOLOMON'S MINES. And, in addition to documentaries, Shah writes for the big screen. His best known work in this genre is the award-winning Imax feature JOURNEY TO MECCA, telling the tale of the fourteenth century Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta's first pilgrimage to Mecca.

Tahir Shah lives at Dar Khalifa, a sprawling mansion set squarely in the middle of a Casablanca shantytown. He's married to the graphic designer, Rachana Shah, and has two children, Ariane and Timur. His father was the Sufi writer, Idries Shah.

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By Ita on 26 May 2013
Format: Paperback
`In Search Of King Solomon's Mines' was first published over a decade ago, but it is still a treasure whose value becomes more apparent with the passing of years.

Ten years ago I was captivated by the journey through Ethiopia, by the ancient churches hewn out of solid rock in Lalibela, the hair-raising ascent to the monastery in Debra Damo, the desert trek with people from the greatly feared Danikil tribe and their sullen camels, the final leg under atrocious conditions after the dilapidated jeep that once belonged to Haile Sellasie had been abandoned and six mules had been hired.

What I now realise is that `King Solomon's Mines' is about much more than a physical country. This being Africa, ordinary people are exceptionally kind and generous, and spirits are never far from their thoughts. In the eastern town of Harar, Yusuf has the responsibility of slaughtering cattle and feeding the meat to jinn in the form of hyenas, which would otherwise come to the city walls at night and take the children. In the West, the mountain peaks known as Sheba's Breasts are out of bounds to locals because of their association with the Devil.

At a deeper level, this book is about the People of the Book, Jews, Christians and Muslims, about their common heritage in the Old Testament of the Bible, and about the situation in which they now find themselves. It is written in language of majestic simplicity. For me, this treasure is still not completely in focus, but I trust that time and Tahir Shah will eventually succeed in dispelling my ignorance.
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The book is an entertaining read, but I was not surprised to note, about halfway through, that Mr. Shah is of aristocratic (Afghani) background. He seems to greatly delight in the most depraved aspects of Ethiopia, e.g. a driver who takes pleasure in killing and maiming animals along the road. This might be a treatment he brings to other places and topics as well, but I've not read others of his works. So take it with a grain of salt. Anyone who is interested in a more balanced and deeper look at contemporary Ethiopia might consider Peter Gill's Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid.
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By T.C. on 24 Nov. 2013
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Thoroughly recommended. An immensely appealing book.In search of treasure and 'treasure'. Footprints in out of the way places take us across Ethiopia. This author has an inimitable beam to his torch light that fans into daylight.
Read it and see mining's and cuttings of unfamiliar life. With Solomon to help and aid off he goes. In the middle of re-reading this book.
Have finished reading it and I will re-read it. Full of 'content'. See Anteater for some of that content.
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By K V Clegg on 23 Dec. 2014
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Excellent arrive very promptly
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Ethiopian Gold 26 May 2013
By Ita - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
`In Search Of King Solomon's Mines' was first published over a decade ago, but it is still a treasure whose value becomes more apparent with the passing of years.

Ten years ago I was captivated by the journey through Ethiopia, by the ancient churches hewn out of solid rock in Lalibela, the hair-raising ascent to the monastery in Debra Damo, the desert trek with people from the greatly feared Danikil tribe and their sullen camels, the final leg under atrocious conditions after the dilapidated jeep that once belonged to Haile Sellasie had been abandoned and six mules had been hired.

What I now realise is that `King Solomon's Mines' is about much more than a physical country. This being Africa, ordinary people are exceptionally kind and generous, and spirits are never far from their thoughts. In the eastern town of Harar, Yusuf has the responsibility of slaughtering cattle and feeding the meat to jinn in the form of hyenas, which would otherwise come to the city walls at night and take the children. In the West, the mountain peaks known as Sheba's Breasts are out of bounds to locals because of their association with the Devil.

At a deeper level, this book is about the People of the Book, Jews, Christians and Muslims, about their common heritage in the Old Testament of the Bible, and about the situation in which they now find themselves. It is written in language of majestic simplicity. For me, this treasure is still not completely in focus, but I trust that time and Tahir Shah will eventually succeed in dispelling my ignorance.
Ita
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Review of King Solomon's Mines 22 Mar. 2013
By Gabriele Dussault - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history , geography , religions through the ages, adventure , etc...
I love Tahir Shah !
Very informative and also hilarious! 3 May 2014
By bdallmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not only is this book a hilarious, exciting adventure; it's also a fantastic insight into the customs and folklore of the Ethiopian people. While Shah takes a sometimes arrogant and off-putting tone when speaking about the local people, overall this just adds to the humor and depth of the book.

TL;DR: I'm not sure who wouldn't love this book. It's witty, exciting, and informative all at once. Also, the Kindle edition is only $2.09. No excuses to not read it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nice book. 25 Dec. 2012
By Jag - Published on Amazon.com
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Good read. Better than other books, Sorceres Apprentice and Caliph's House, which according to me are quite dragging. However, this one captures the reader to some extent...give good picture of Africa through a traveller's eye...
King's Mine 31 Oct. 2013
By Tumarsh - Published on Amazon.com
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As described, arrived quickly, love the paperback format. I like historical fiction and this fits the bill. It works for me.
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