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Exceptionally Good - Your Present, Too?,
This review is from: Egypt: How A Lost Civilisation Was Rediscovered (Paperback)
We went to Egypt for the first time a few weeks before Christmas. It was a quite wonderful time for us and we are eager to return. The holiday whetted our appetite for more knowledge of Egypt and my wife expressed a wish to have a book which concentrated on the stories of the excavations and discoveries over the last two hundred years or so.
A quick search on Amazon revealed Joyce Tyldesley's excellent book. It is highly readable, difficult to put down and strongly recommended to those with an interest in the subject. She uses the words of others judiciously, notably quoting Howard Carter's memorable description of the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb. And, on the same subject, she coolly destroys the myth of the curse.
I am not the fastest of readers and yet this was one book I completed in double-quick time.
British men are notoriously tardy when it comes to buying presents. I ordered the book late on December 22nd, safe in the knowledge that it would arrive on the morning of Christmas Eve. Which it did. Amazon truly is the friend of all us males!
I have given Dr Tyldesley's book four stars. That it didn't get five is no fault of hers - the plates started coming adrift at the first reading.