Review published on May 9, 2018.
I found a book through the local library, The Search For Nefertiti by Joann Fletcher, and it proved to be a brilliant find for my tastes. Ever since my school days, when a particular geography teacher began explaining about Ancient Egypt and all its multiple facets, I have been intrigued enough to acquire many books on the subject over the years. This particular 400+ page tome has rekindled my desire to learn more.
Joann Fletcher tells us of her life as a learned Egyptologist, from her beginnings right through to this book being published in 2004. How she came to be enamoured with the name Nefertiti and her own personal interest in hairstyles, wigs, and other feminine accoutrements of Ancient Egypt.
Nefertiti existed in what is now known as the Armana Period; a time of great upheaval in religious, and political circles, chiefly because of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, formerly known as Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, who became Nefertiti’s husband.
There is so much within this book that really grips the reader, very well-written, almost excitedly, yet sensibly. This is such a roller-coaster of a book when she gets to grips with three mummies, stashed away in a small cavity chamber within another burial tomb. These mummies, discovered in 1907, then basically walled-up again, were enough to fire the author’s imagination and set her off on a life-long quest to ascertain who the mummies really were. Along the way, we learn of how things were done in those far off days, the intrigues, the worship, the deaths, the births, hygiene, clothing, and the incredibly confusing lineage of the Pharaonic dynasties.
I love books of this calibre, intensely packed with absorbing content throughout. There are some very interesting theories of course, there always will be controversial elements in antiquity analysis, but the accompanying photographs help the reader to make up their own minds. The three mummies conundrum makes up a fair portion of the book, but what is also documented here, gives us a well-informed history, as far as can be ascertained, is the Armana Period. I was captured the entire way through it, almost shouting at the experts when they doubted things that maybe did not quite fit the scene.
An excellent book that certainly needs another read soon, my first new book arrived this morning just to cement my renewed, undying interest in the subject. A further trip to popular bookshops is planned as well, all because of this book.
Reginald Seward 5/2
The Search For Nefertiti by Joann Fletcher
Hodder Paperbacks 9780340831724 pbk Aug 2005