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This review is from: The Keys of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs (Paperback)
I have been to Egypt, the first time was in 1993, and I made my mind up that I'd like to study Egyptology.
I'm now in my third year of studying Egyptology with Exeter University, although it's not one of my study books I still wanted to read it.
This is an in-depth biography of Jean-François Champollion is interwoven with Napoleons fascination of rediscovering the Egyptian history and culture which he wanted to obtain for France, and Champollion's race to crack the code of the hieroglyphs.
By the age of 12 Jean-François Champollion was studying several ancient languages, which in later years help him to decipher the hieroglyphs. Finally after his 20 years of obsessive hard work he became the first to crack the code.
Reading this book will give you a more in-depth look at both his life and work, (it's by far the best I've read on him), which was hampered by politics, poverty and a huge series of health problems.
I found this book interesting, compulsive and enjoyable to read. It's well worth the money and it's one book I will read again. :-)