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The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips
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Jun 09, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from June 05 to 09, 2010

an interesting character study. I had high hopes that this would be more about egypt, and less about ... whatever it was about. I "thought" it would be a murder mystery set in Egypt. And it was ... sort of.

I liked the format of the book - collections of correspondences spanning various years, authored by the self-dilluded, the arrogant, the predatory, the foppish, the drug-induced, and mostly by the just plain mad.

In the end, you can (sort of) cobble together the truth. There was no surprize ending, no grand revelation, you could see it coming for miles. However, the wrap up (pardon the mummy pun) was rather captivating, and I enjoyed that part of it.

I grabbed this book off the newsstand in the airport on a whim. I'm not disappointed so much as just ... "meh" ... about this story.

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