The Linen Goddess: Travels from the Red Sea to Prizren
by Sheila Paine
This third volumeof Sheila Paine’s odyssey takes her through war-torn Eritrea and Somalia, past the ancient rock churches of Ethiopia and the tiny pyramids of Sudan, through Egypt and across the Mediterranean to Greece, ending in the bandit land of Albania. It is an adventure across the fault lines of history and religion too, as the "Linen Goddess" fades and reappears fro...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Pallas Athene
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Although the amulet quest plays a part in the story, this book reads more like a (well told) travel narrative of the places she visited. I hadn't read the previous books in quite a while, and there are few references to them, so Linen Goddess could be read as a stand alone book. The conclusion of the story, though not abrupt, wasn't a lot of "bang" for the buck of a three-book saga.
Sheila Paine is a world expert on tribal societies and textiles. Her passion for travel began when she was very young and has taken her across the world, from Africa to Pakistan. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has worked as a professional translator/interpreter in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Her museum-quality collection includes embroidery and amulets and has been...moreMore about Sheila Paine...