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Comment: Paperback, Like New, clean, tight, unmarked. (Near Fine), no spine or cover creases. Remainder mark,() The desert tribes of Yemen call her Bilqis. In the high plateaus of Ethiopia, she is revered as Makeda. And in the fertile valleys of Anatolian Turkey, she is known as Saba Sultana. Who was the mysterious Queen of Sheba, and why has her legend survived for three thousand years - not least in accounts from both the Bible and the Koran? In 1996, a geology team working for Chuck Fipke (the immensely colourful discoverer of the Etaki diamond mines in the Northwest Territories and the subject of the bestselling 1999 biography Fire into Ice) was looking for gold deposits in the remote Yemeni desert. There they stumbled upon ancient mine tunnels. Were these primitive Iron Age ruins the source of Sheba's gold? Author Larry Frolick travelled with Fipke's Cantex crew into the desert, seeking the truth of the legendary Queen. What he found there were not answers but more questions - questio Or
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Ten Thousand Scorpions: The Search for the Queen of Sheba's Gold Paperback – Apr 29 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (April 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771047819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771047817
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.3 x 22.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 445 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,471,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not much is known with certainty about the Queen of Sheba. Accounts in the Bible and the Quran of the ancient royal's meeting with King Solomon vary in significant ways, while Arabic literary texts from the 11th and 12th centuries add such details as "the queen’s legs were terrifically hairy and required a depilatory before Solomon would bed her." This according to Toronto-based author Larry Frolick, who begins his second work of nonfiction, Ten Thousand Scorpions, as a search for the supposedly hirsute queen’s fabled gold. But the search becomes something more. "For Muslims the main elements of Sheba’s story are fabulous, mysteriously wrought," he writes. "It's not about gold, but a transformative kind of magic. In fact, it's precisely about rejecting gold in favour of receiving great spiritual treasure." So too does the search for the shiny stuff lead Frolick on a quest to not only figure out the myth behind the monarch but to understand the interpretations of the myth, and the significance of those interpretations, by different cultures. The journey begins in Yemen, where a stone tablet discovered by a Canadian mining exploration company in 1996 is thought to provide a clue to the existence of a hidden cache of gold, and leads Frolick to Ethiopia and Turkey, each of which has its own myth surrounding the historical figure. In between his interpretation of the clues he finds, Frolick digresses on everything from finding a stockpile of Wired magazines in Yemen to an encounter with a Rastafarian colony in Ethiopia to an exchange with a hyper-organized German tourist. In the latter, Frolick demonstrates a novelist's ear for dialogue, such as when he recounts a conversation about the cataloguing of photographs. "'Yes, yes,' he [the tourist] nodded impatiently. 'In my system, I can go to any date and time and pull out a picture and know exactly all the technical details about it. I make slide shows for my friends.' I blinked at the thought. 'So you're really into photography,' I said stupidly." Seldom letting his story get in the way of a good tangent, Frolick has written a historical travelogue that is never less than entertaining, often informative, and usually both. Even if we never do learn where the gold is--or if, for that matter, that royal depilatory really happened. --Shawn Conner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Larry Frolick is the author of Splitting Up: Divorce, Culture, and the Search for a Real Life, Ten Thousand Scorpions, and Grand Centaur Station. He lives in Toronto.

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