L'archeologo Ben Kazin è vicino alla scoperta della sua vita: ha trovato nel Botswana una debole traccia di Opet, la mitica «Città della Luna», centro di una grande civiltà africana scomparsa nel nulla. Tra scavi e inseguimenti, dirottamenti e cacce grosse, la traccia a mano a mano prende corpo, benché tutto sia stato predisposto affinché di Opet venisse cancellato persino il ricordo. Quale segreto si nasconde sotto i resti della «Città della Luna»? Quale legame ci può essere tra Ben, che i boscimani chiamano «Piccolo-uccello-del-Sole», e il sacerdote Huy Ben-Amon, il «Grande-uccello-del-Sole»?
- ISBN: 8850253494
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 494
The first half is an interesting archeological boy's own romp and on its own would have been a 3/5. However it's the second half that raises this book to greatness. Ben Huy-Amon is a fantastic creation and the secret history of an empire that unfolds is do vivid detailed and ultimately heart-breakin Leggi tutto
Easily one of the best books I have ever read. Smith weaves a masterful tale of love, betrayal and adventure in this stand alone novel. This was the second of his books I tried after River God. I admit I was apprehensive, believing that nothing could surpass that amazing book but, while I wouldn't s Leggi tutto
È il libro più brutto di Wilbur Smith *. Cosa non mi è piaciuto? 1. Molti avvenimenti sono prevedibili. 2. La scelta di dividere nettamente la narrazione tra presente (prima parte) e passato (seconda parte) è sbagliata. Se uno riesce ad appassionarsi alla storia della scoperta archeologica (coprendosi Leggi tutto
Had I stopped at Part 1 I probably would have rated this one star. The story in Part 2 was much more compelling to me, and the characters and their motivations were much more interesting...I enjoyed understanding how what was found by the archaeologists in Part 1 came to be. I did not enjoy the prol Leggi tutto
Years ago, I downloaded The Sunbird as a kindle deal on a whim. None of my friends read it, I’ve never heard about the author or the book before, nor did I really read the description. In fact, I’ve no idea why I did what I did and I guess that is why it has been on my kindle all this time. Still, Leggi tutto
A hazy aerial photograph and a sinister curse – known only to the Africans – and Dr Benjamin Kazin stumbles on the archaeological discovery of a lifetime... For nearly two thousand years, a brilliant and unknown ancient civilisation has remained buried in southern Africa. Now at last the red cliffs o Leggi tutto
To be honest, I didn't actually finish this book. I couldn't bear to read another 300 pages of the same story just set in another era. In fact, I started speed-reading large sections of the book just so I could feel like I was actually getting somewhere. When I finally got to Part II and read the fi Leggi tutto
This seems like a dry run for what Smith later did with the Egyptian historical novel "River God" and the contemporary African archaeological thriller "The Seventh Scroll", but the unexplored conceit of two stories in the same place (with a similar dramatis personnae) separated by 1800 years is clum Leggi tutto
Although it starts off rather slow, there are enough hints along the way that tease you to follow along and if you do you're in for a great read. First off, the character death in part one was most unexpected. At that point I thought of giving up on the book entirely. Wilbur Smith weaves a tale of l Leggi tutto
This was the second Wilbur Smith novel I read and still in my view his best. The two parallel stories thousands of year’s apart work perfectly. The characters are so well drawn you live with them well after finishing the novel. Dr. Ben Kazin was for the time this book was written such an unusual and Leggi tutto
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