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Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium Hardcover – Oct 9 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Peters's bestselling series featuring Amelia Peabody Emerson and her family (Crocodile on the Sandbank, etc.) will welcome this companion volume, which entertainingly blurs fact and fiction. In her role as "editor" of Mrs. Emerson's journals, Peters provides a preface, while other contributors supply articles on the historical and cultural background of Egyptology. (Typical is "`Lesser Breeds without the Law': An Insightful Diatribe on the Victorian Attitude Towards Other Cultures & Peoples," by Barbara Mertz, the real name of the pseudonymous Peters, who has a Ph.D. in the subject.) One section, "The People of the Journals," straightfacedly presents period photographs of the members of the extended Emerson clan. Filled with black-and-white illustrations of people and places (credit for the design goes to Egyptophile Dennis Forbes), this attractive book both informs and enchants. The jacket art of three Victorian ladies inspecting a temple fits the tone of the text perfectly.
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“This attractive book both informs and enchants.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Lovely...delightfully mixes fact with Amelia’s fictional world and brings insight to both.” (Anniston Star)
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The disappointing part is that Amelia Peabody fans will find little new about her in this book. The most confusing chapter deals with the history of archaeology in Egypt from the 1800's. You start reading what appears to be a history of the famous players of the era, and then all of a sudden, Emerson and Amelia's discoveries and exploits are mixed in, so anyone who was hoping for a history of who found what where and when will still be wondering at the end of the chapter. There is also a lot of confusion about "real" people and characters who both have their names and photo's interspersed in the text. The last chapter of the book has some childhood pictures of Emerson and Amelia, as well as pictures of real people.
Real Peabody enthusiasts will probably enjoy this book, but I feel sorry for any child who picks this up and writes a report for school!
If you were hoping for material on the parts of the Emerson's lives not covered by the novels, you will be disappointed. There's very little new here, not even any interesting facts about the famous Seth/Sethos and what his life was like between appearances in the novels.
Like the novels, this book is charming. Unlike the novels it is confusing and shallow.
Readers looking for a detailed history of Victorian Egypt should probably look elsewhere for their primary material but will want to consider adding the compendium as a secondary source. But fans of the Elizabeth Peters mystery series can hardly go wrong with this fascinating look at the culture and history of Egyptology.
Recommendation--if you're a Peters fan, print out this review and leave it where present-giving significant others will find it. Underline the words 'MUST HAVE.' Alternately, buy it for yourself. The pictures alone are worth the price and then some. It's a treasure.
This is not a Peabody novel, but instead a marvelous glimpse at the history of Egypt with an emphasis on the Age of Archeology and the past it uncovered. The tome contains six hundred photographs and illustrations, a deep glossary, and several intriguing essays and commentaries from experts in the field. With the success of the recent Mummy movies and the long bestselling run of field archeologist Peabody and family, the well written, fascinating AMELIA PEABODY'S EGYPT A COMPENDIUM is a delight that brings to life the distant past and relatively recent past in a county with a rich heritage of many millenniums. Elizabeth Peters caps her great writing career with this tome that will fascinate her fans and those who cherish Egyptology.
Those of us intrigued by all things Egyptological, Victorian/Edwardian and the Great War, cannot be but pleased by
the presentation of so much interesting information, combined with an abundance of antique imagery. Now we can see the
Shepherds Hotel terrace of Ms. Peters verbal depiction, as well as the streets and lanes of Cairo and the other views and vistas
of the Emerson Era.
And was it fun or what, "locating" the pictures used in the
People of the Journals section? Toddler Amelia in spats!
The youthful Emerson brothers, including an airbrushed
indication of Radcliff's famous cleft. And who would have
thought Enid Debenham was such a fox!
But the very best image is of,( whom else?) Ramses, in a
sailor suit, eating an apple (or is it a sweet?) while
reading undoubtedly, the Koptische Grammatik mit Chrestomathie.
In the section about the people of the series, I was delighted to find pictures of Ramses and his mother as children as well as Cyrus VanderGelt and others. It was so much fun to compare those pictures with the mental faces I had given them.
The various religions, dress codes, social mores and delightful pictures of the area, allow us to know Egypt of the Emmersons better.
This book is made to be perused and paged through for enjoyment and elucidation not just once, but many times. I am sure that loyal, long-time fans as well as new readers will find this book a great help and very much fun as well as help when reading and re-reading the Amelia Peabody Emmerson books.
Most recent customer reviews
It makes a great looking coffee table book.fun to look through,informative ,re background info on Egyptian archeology..even if you're not an Amelia Peabody fanPublished on March 22 2013 by maureen
I have only read "Falcon at the Portal" and was not very impressed. However this book gives a lot more insight to Elizabeth Peters' characters and their environment of... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2004 by B. Chandler
This compendium gives a wonderful insight into the Egypt of the Peabody-Emerson's era. It's filled with images, details, essays on culture, fashion, even child rearing in the... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003
this is ellen in atlanta, - this book is a MUST for Peters fans!
Gorgeously done and the old photos are great! Read more
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