King Solomon, the Bible's wisest king, also possessed extraordinary wealth and built a temple at Jerusalem more fabulous than any other, heavily adorned with gold from Ophir. The precise location of his legendary mines is one of history's great unsolved mysteries. This book takes up the quest.
King Solomon, the Bible's wisest king, also possessed extraordinary wealth. He built a temple at Jerusalem that was said to be more fabulous than any other landmark in the ancient world, heavily adorned with gold from Ophir. The precise location of this legendary land has been one of history's great unsolved mysteries. Long before Rider Haggard's classic adventure novel King Solomon's Mines produced a fresh outbreak of gold fever, explorers, scientists and theologians had scoured the world for the source of the king's astonishing wealth. Tahir Shah takes up the quest, using as his leads a mixture of texts including the Septuagint, the earliest form of the Bible, as well as geological, geographical and folkloric sources. Time and again the evidence points towards Ethiopia, the ancient kingdom in the horn of Africa whose imperial family claims descent from Menelik, the son born to Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Tahir Shah's trail takes him to a remote cliff-face monastery where the monks pull visitors up on a leather rope, to the ruined castles of Gondar, and to the churches of Lalibela, hewn from solid rock.In the south, he discovers an enormous 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 there lies an ancient shaft, once the entrance of King Solomon's mines.
Customer Reviews - In Search of King Solomon's Mines
"A sublimely silly sub-Saharan yarn - a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Herodotus - that works very well." -- The Sunday Times "Jaw-droppingly, dreadfully funny." -- The Times "Freewheeling and uproarious." -- Justin Marozzi, The Spectator "An extraordinary adventure, vividly described." -- Wilfred Thesiger "Simple and elegant, subtly self-deprecating and often hilarious - worth its weight in gold." -- Time
About Tahir Shah
Tahir Shah was born into a respected Afghan family and educated in England. He has lived in Japan, India and the United States and East Africa, and his books include 'Sorcerer's Apprentice', 'Trail of Feathers' and 'Beyond the Devil's Teeth'. He lives in London with his wife and young daughter.
In Search of King Solomon's Mines by Tahir Shah
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