Who: Majory Veronica Seton-Williams
What: Egyptian Legends And Stories
Where: The Manchester Museum, Manchester
When: 7 April 2000
Why: When in England, I try to limit the
number of books I buy by applying The Rules:
- Don't buy anything you think
you can get in Canada. It will be cheaper there.
- Do buy good stuff by local
authors. While this is probably equivalent to Rule #1, it
does stress the need to spread respect the local
traditions and to spread around some good karma.
- Don't buy anything heavy. I
may rethink this rule, because it prevented me from
picking up a very nice hardback copy of Description De
- Nothing in a foreign
language, especially German because I don't speak German
yet. French is acceptable, but only if it has gorgeous
Nevertheless, on my final evening in England, I was asked:
"How many books did you buy?" (6). "And how many
did you bring?" (4).
Egyptian Legends and Stories has a couple of the groovy
greats -- "The Story of Sinue" and "The Story of
the Shipwrecked Sailor", plus 33 other stories about the
Gods, creation stories, and the like, all written in modern
English. No Narmer palette, but it does contain a number of black
and white drawings of the gods, starting with Maat, so how can
you go wrong?