Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Spotlight: Luxor Book of Past Lives by Julie Bettendorf

Set against the rich tapestry of ancient Egypt, Luxor: Book of Past Lives is the story of Nebamun and Iramen, two brothers who are embalmers in Egypt during the era of the boy king, Tutankhamun. It is their duty to prepare the many bodies of the dead who land on their embalming table for a journey into the afterlife. Paralleling this ancient tale is the story of two different brothers, Abdul and Karim, who make their living by robbing the ancient tombs of Egypt in the late 1800's, when the theft and sale of artifacts was at its peak. Woven throughout the novel are the mysterious intersections of the brothers' lives, though separated by thousands of years. Luxor: Book of Past Lives is a masterful blend of fiction and historical detail, each chapter offering a window into the past, with details gleaned from countless historical accounts. It is a riveting tale of violence and greed, riches and poverty, and good and evil in the time of the pharaohs and beyond.



1. Lots of history about the embalming process and the political arena surrounding the time of Tutankhamun with a little grave robbing technique thrown in the mix as well.
2. Well written.
3. The contrast between time periods and the two sets of brother and their respective viewpoints and trades.
4. Except for a few places where the story seemed to lag a little, the story pace is good and the transition from one time period to the next wasn't jarring but flowed evenly.


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