The Sunbird

The Sunbird

Book - 1973 1972
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It all beings with a blurry, black-and-white aerial photograph. To the trained eyes of Dr. Benjamin Kazin, it is the archaeological discovery of a lifetime: evidence of an unknown ancient African civilization and their legendary City of the Moon, a city that, according to myth, vanishes with the light of day. Now Dr. Kazin, with his lovely assistant, Sally, and wealthy businessman Louren Sturvesant, launch an exploration that will soon threaten to unleash the forgotten violence of the past into the precarious present . . .
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1973 [c1972]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385007108
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 455 p. 25 cm


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Jun 06, 2016

This book apparently inspired the name of the band Opeth. That's what led me to read it. The mixed reviews of it from Amazon and elsewhere made me curious as well.
To keep with that theme, my takeaway is mixed. You could say this book is a product of its time, its world, its author's perspective, whatever; but the X-ist (X = sex, paternal, race, class, god knows what else) references are common and distracting. This provides some insight into what all that was about at the time, and that has some value I suppose.

My curiosity led me here and is satisfied, so that counts for something too. I don't plan to read any other Wilbur Smith books, but I don't think this one was a waste of time either. I don't intend to inspire others' curiosity by this, but if it happens, don't blame me.


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