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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history
I saw Roger Luckhurst speak on the topics of this book a couple times and found him really interesting and I learned a lot. This book took the substances of those lectures and developed them further. This book covered a whole range of things I'm interested in Victorian and Edwardian history, Gothic literature, the occult, colonialism and Egyptology, museum studies and...
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Could not read it, the print is too small for my old eyes. Cannot be relaxed to read holding book and magnifier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history, 4 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Mummy's Curse: The true history of a dark fantasy (Hardcover)
I saw Roger Luckhurst speak on the topics of this book a couple times and found him really interesting and I learned a lot. This book took the substances of those lectures and developed them further. This book covered a whole range of things I'm interested in Victorian and Edwardian history, Gothic literature, the occult, colonialism and Egyptology, museum studies and showed how they were all inter-related.

For me the first part of the book where the actual curses were discussed were the least interesting as these were things I'd heard before. The most interesting part was the second half where Luckhurst discussed his arguments about the changing nature of how Egypt was viewed from the 19th to the 20th century. He looked at the influence of Egypt on architecture, how Egyptian items were displayed in museums, the changing face of Egyptology in museums, how Egyptian artefacts were described in stories and how curse stories started to circulate. It was also interesting to see the rise in magical thinking. How this went from being something that was supposedly part of "inferior" "primitive" civilisations but was actually on the rise in Britain.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unread, 27 May 2013
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This review is from: The Mummy's Curse: The true history of a dark fantasy (Hardcover)
Could not read it, the print is too small for my old eyes. Cannot be relaxed to read holding book and magnifier.
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The Mummy's Curse: The true history of a dark fantasy by Roger Luckhurst (Hardcover - 25 Oct. 2012)
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