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I liked a lot about this book and might have loved it if I didn't know the author was an expert on Egyptology (and wanted to see more of that). It works as a boys' coming-of-age story for the time it was written (25 years ago), which gives it a historical feel. For me, it seemed a dense read--lots of detail and description, maybe more than needed--but it does give a feel for what it was like to be growing up in the age of McCarthyism. I expected more of a change at the end, particularly ...more