on 5 January 2006
I actually live in Luxor and guide people round the sites myself so for me to buy a guide book it has to be good. This one is.
It is not a Lonely Planet giving you ticket prices and how to get there advice but a comprehensive description of the various sites, their history and what to look for. Each site has a portion on its history followed by a detailed description on visiting the site. It had masses of excellent photographs including ones taken from hot air balloons of the temple sites. There are plans and drawings a plenty detailing what to look for and where.
It has been written as a background read before you go, an onsite guide book and a souvenir to remind you of your visit and it manages to do all of these. There is loads more detail than in the more general guide books. I especially appreciated the description of the house of Sennedjem at Deir El Medina and the walk over the hills. The author Kent Weeks is currently excavating the tomb of the sons of Rameses II KV5 and is part of the Theban Mapping project so it has a lot of material from there.
My only criticism would be its lack of price information and that it doesn’t take account of how tickets are sold. Example the Nobles tombs are grouped historically but the tickets are sold by location. But as a fully detailed explanation of the sites of Luxor it can not be beaten and the photographic record is fantastic.
on 31 December 2009
I am no specialist.
I bought the book because I was planning to go on a tourist jolly. I still am, but for a tourist who has never been to the Valleys of either Kings or Queens, surely it would have been wise either to list the tomb descriptions numerically or at least provide an index so that a particular tomb number could be located quickly in the hundreds of lavishly illustrated pages.
Perhaps when I actually get there, it will all make complete sense.
on 3 January 2012
An absolute must for anyone travelling around Luxor and interested in the artwork, temples and tombs that are so prolific in this area.
We spent a week sightseeing around Luxor with this book and would walk around the sites reading the chapter on each site in the book as we walked around. By doing so we saw things that we would have missed otherwise and were able to thoroughly enjoy the stories behind each carving or painted tomb. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in really exploring the sites of Luxor in depth!
on 10 April 2012
The text is, not too academic in tone and highly informative; the photos and illustrations good and clear. It is a good guide to the ancient sites around Luxor, and a few further afield.
It is one of the few books to cover the tombs of kings, queens, and nobles, and the funerary temples too. There is also a short piece on Luxor museum, which is well worth a visit.
If you are going to the Valley of the Kings, or the Valley of the Queens, buy this before you go so you can choose which tombs to see before you arrive, though they are not all open all of the time, so have a list of the ones you want to see and be prepared for some not to be open.
If you have been to Luxor, buy this as a souvenir, as it covers all of the ancient sites in the area, and has photos of inside the tombs, where you are not allowed to take photos yourself.
This book is on sale in Egypt, but will have to haggle for it and the prices started at £E300 (about £30 UK) in March this year.
I would love to have the photos in a larger format book as they are so interesting, but this is designed to be a field guide and to be easily carried about in a bag.