Monday, April 20, 2009

100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian

Barry Kemp
Granta Books
ISBN: 1 86207 658 8

This book is based on 100 hieroglyphs that will help one think like an ancient Egyptian The concept of the book interests me very much and is filled with plenty of literary citations from Pharaonic Egypt.

The book however is not an easy read as its title suggests it is made up of 100 small chapters causing the book to have little to no flow and for its length of 251 pages went by slowly as the read was intense. The author of this book is well respected and very knowledgeable on the subject of Egyptology but the content was an extremely dry read.

The book certainly has some interesting details but is perhaps best suited to a serious student of Egyptology rather than readers who's interest is more casual. The book is a fine addition to my library and no doubt I will use many times as solid reference material but I definitely will not read it back to front again.

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