In Search of King Solomon's Mines

In Search of King Solomon's Mines

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King Solomon, the Bible's wisest king, was possessed of extraordinary wealth. The grand temple he built in Jerusalem was covered in gold. Over the ages, many have sought to find the source of the great king's wealth -- but none with so much flair, wit, or whimsy as Tahir Shah. Intrigued by a map he finds in a shop not far from the site of the temple, Shah assembles a multitude of clues to the location of Solomon's mines. From ancient texts to modern hearsay, all point across the Red Sea to Ethiopia. Shah's trail takes him on a wild ride by taxi, bus, camel, and donkey to the gold-bearing corners of this storied and beautiful country. He interviews the hyena man of Harar, is hauled up on a rope to enter a remote cliff-face monastery, and stumbles upon an illegal gold mine where thousands of men, women, and children dig with their hands. But the hardest leg of the journey is to the accursed mountain of Tullu Wallel, where legend says the devil keeps watch over the entrance to an ancient mine shaft... Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by AOL Time Warner Book Group, 2003
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781559706414
Branch Call Number: 916.3 Sh
Description: x, 240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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Oct 24, 2016

This frantic 'expedition' to southern, northern and western Ethiopia is told with melodrama, hyperbole, and condescension. The text is enhanced with a map, black and white photos; and a lengthy bibliography. Better to read the "Similar Titles" and "In Ethiopia with a Mule" by Dervla Murphy (1968).

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

Accompanied by his faithful guide Samson, a local gold miner turned taxi driver, Tahir Shah travels fearlessly through Ethiopia, determined to find the biblical land of Ophir, legendary source of King Solomon’s gold mines. An Afghan by birth, and a self-described travel adventure addict, Shah has a talent for incorporating a fascinating mix of political and historical background in his story, and has an unfailing sense of humour and optimism, even in the most desperate circumstances.


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