If the alphabet arrangement is forced and inappropriate, Mrs. Price compounds the gimmickry by sprinkling Egyptian...

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ANCIENT EGYPT FROM A TO Z

If the alphabet arrangement is forced and inappropriate, Mrs. Price compounds the gimmickry by sprinkling Egyptian hieroglyphics through her English text. Nowhere, not even in the two-paragraph entry under H for hieroglyphics, are the symbols interpreted or their system explained, and never does the anomalous ABC provide either organized information or a vitalizing recreation of a culture. Potentially interesting subjects like ""Doctors"" (D) or ""Education"" (E) elicit only dull generalizations, and important concepts convered under ""Nile"" and ""Government"" are given cursory and unenlightening treatment. Under ""Justice"" comes the insipid conclusion that ""the decisions of most of the Viziers must have been wise and good,"" and from Art to Zoser it's a trite and superficial hodgepodge.

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 1971

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1971