From the bestselling author of Prague comes a witty, inventive, brilliantly constructed novel about an Egyptologist obsessed with finding the tomb of an apocryphal king. This darkly comic labyrinth of a story opens on the desert plains of Egypt in 1922, then winds its way from the slums of... show more
From the bestselling author of Prague comes a witty, inventive, brilliantly constructed novel about an Egyptologist obsessed with finding the tomb of an apocryphal king. This darkly comic labyrinth of a story opens on the desert plains of Egypt in 1922, then winds its way from the slums of Australia to the ballrooms of Boston by way of Oxford, the battlefields of the First World War, and a royal court in turmoil.Just as Howard Carter unveils the tomb of Tutankhamun, making the most dazzling find in the history of archaeology, Oxford-educated Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush is digging himself into trouble, having staked his professional reputation and his fiancée’s fortune on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Meanwhile, a relentless Australian detective sets off on the case of his career, spanning the globe in search of a murderer. And another murderer. And possibly another murderer. The confluence of these seemingly separate stories results in an explosive ending, at once inevitable and utterly unpredictable.Arthur Phillips leads this expedition to its unforgettable climax with all the wit and narrative bravado that made Prague one of the most critically acclaimed novels of 2002. Exploring issues of class, greed, ambition, and the very human hunger for eternal life, this staggering second novel gives us a glimpse of Phillips’s range and maturity–and is sure to earn him further acclaim as one of the most exciting authors of his generation.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: May 24th 2005
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 396
Edition language: English
I read this book with a speed that would make you think I adored it, but in fact I figured out the plot twists very early on and finished it just to have my guesses confirmed. I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone except former childhood (or current adult) egyptologists--the parts with ficti...
Es ist angenehm zu lesen (Zuglektüre), allerdings ist die Sprache sehr getragen und ausgeschmmückt auf einigen Strecken. Die Grundidee des Romans finde ich sehr interessant, und im letzten Drittel war ich richtig mit Interesse wie sich alles ergeben wird dabei (mit meinen Vermutungen hatte ich großt...
Picked this up at the library for no reason in particular and so far it's really entertaining. Of course, Simon Prebble is my favorite narrator (he was a perfect Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley in English Passengers, incidentally).Update: well, the book is brilliant -- hilarious, dark and really inge...
This book was so bad I'd be willing to burn it. The main character is repellent, the twist in the plot is apparent way too early, and it's generally vile.