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The Weighing Of The Heart
London in the glittering twenties. Iris Barrington, the daughter of a rich American industrialist, lives a luxurious but lonely existence. Her mother is dead, her father Elmer is interested only in his art collection and his building projects. Beneath her conventional life, with its parties and its craze for all things Egyptian, she longs for escape. When Samuel Dux comes ...more
Kindle Edition, 380 pages
(first published January 3rd 2010)
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I am reading the Kindle version of this book. I picked it up because I was intrigued by the Egyptian belief that the weighing of the heart of the dead was an important determinant of the afterlife. The bad in the heart must be balanced with the good. At first, I thought "Uugghh, I'll never finish this." However, I've stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. The central premise is the unearthing of King Tut's tomb and the controversial removal of the artifacts from Egypt 'for the pleasure of ...more
Sounds like a great idea - Egyptian digs, Britain in the '20s, the discovery of King Tut. But it just doesn't work. The characters were pretty stale. You know Samuel is haunted by a terrible occurrence in Egypt, and it seems anti-climatic when you find out what happened due to all the build-up. There are a lot of characters with potentially overlapping lives, but you wait so long for the dramatic intersection to occur that it becomes totally distracting. Not recommened
Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as for numerous British magazines. She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4 and Sky TV. Jane has three children and lives in London.