4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Could have been better,
This review is from: Carnarvon & Carter. The Story of the Two Englishmen who Discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun (Paperback)
I like many, share the fascination of how the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered and as such I have read most of the works written by latter day authors, such as Hoving, and recently, the excellent books on Carter by T. G. H. James,and another by H. V. F. Winstone. The former can be said to be a very scholarly approach to the record, with the latter providing an easier narrative, with a deeper insight into the relationship between Carter and Carnarvon. It was this relationship that I hoped Fiona Carnarvon's book might extend, especially given that the family must have access to many archives not readily available to others. Even a further history of the Carnarvon's would have been very interesting as well - as most of the players fade from view after the death of Lord Carnarvon.
I have to say that, I think Fiona could have done better - there is not much in this book, that I did not already know, and in that sense it is disappointing however I think we need to appreciate that it has been pitched an audience passing through Highclere on their way to the next monument. I do wish some of the photographs were enlarged, even at the expense of the number of pages.
But all is not bad - there are places where the book does well, and its saving grace is in capturing the unique history of Highclere and with some excellent Egyptian water-colours by Howard Carter - so these by themselves make it a worthwhile purchase - but make sure, that you also buy the other books, by Hoving,T. G. H. James,and H. V. F. Winstone if you want to get a better insight into journey that Carter and Carnarvon took together, and how it ended - so poignantly portrayed by T.G.H Jame's in the opening paragraph of his book.
In summary, a nice book, but could have been a little more thorough, indeed the glaring mistake concerning Mace attending poor Carter's funeral reflects poorly.