from emily kivisto grunwell
April 19th 2014
Where have you been all my life or the last ten years anyway. Only a very special writer could have conceived of this book an pulled it off with such skill and charm. If your are ever in the Washington DC area, Mr Phillips, look me up in the Maryland phone book. I'll buy you lunch and show you my Egyptian pool table room. Mostly Nefertari's tomb. My grandchildren haven't noticed that not all grannys have dung beetles painted on the walls. Did you know that dung beetles use the stars to navigate? Who knew?
August 29th 2013
Took a day off work to finish this. Still pondering it. Bravo, bravo!
February 24th 2013
This is one of my favourite books, and a frequent re-read. Especially the audiobook. I have probably spent about as much time talking about it as reading and listening, not only is The Egyptologist a fascinating book, it also sparks a plethora of thought and discussion.
from Carol Brennan
October 28th 2012
Having been introduced to you in Tazza by my daughter Cordelia Stephens, I treated myself to a signed copy of The Egyptologist before returning home. Loved it - what a fascinating conundrum! Can't believe you haven't yet been to the BM. I hope its new 'tourist-friendly' incarnation is not a disappointment to you. And don't forget that here in oxford we have a wonderful Egyptian collection at the Ashmolean!
October 24th 2012
Having been introduced to you at Tazza by my daughter Cordelia, I bought a signed copy of The Egyptologist at Court St books before returning to England. Loved it, and keen to read more of yours. I can't believe that you have not yet been to the British Museum and hope that its tourist-friendly renovated persona does not disappoint! Don't forget, we here in Oxford have an excellent Egyptology collection at the Ashmolean, so put that on your list too. I once spent an evening at the tomb of Rameses II at Abu Simbel after all the other tourists had gone, so can understand "Ralph's" passion.
June 7th 2012
Wonderful book - I knew there was something about the name Ralph Trilipush and one of your other Guests figured out the secret for me. So witty and awful - adored RMT's tantrums of perceived superiority and revenge fantasies..the enchanted "childhood" at dear old Trilipush Hall..the "merry twinkle" in the eye of the Master of the Hounds...just a great, great read!
January 29th 2012
I was given an audio copy of "The Egyptologist" and can now say it has topped my list of all time favorites. I can see how other readers were confused by the twists. The audio book uses different actors for each character and it helps keep them sorted out. (Audiobook $2 on Amazon) I loved the way the plot unfolded, but I, like others, want the final question answered - Did Caldwell really kill Marlowe? Or did they both reinvent themselves in the desert? I like to believe Marlowe is off in some other part of the world and will pop up in another story that Mr. Phillips is waiting to invent.
CJNovember 10th 2011
So, so sad. The Ramses and Maggie humanized the mad Egyptologist - thanks for that. Hard book to get through - started figuring it out fairly quickly - description of all the chambers, the paintings, the madness - excruciating.
October 26th 2011
It just shows how a gay elitist code joke could trickle down to become the life and death for an ignorant, obsessed sociopath. It's sad, really.
WayneAugust 31st 2011
Great book. Couldnt put it down.
August 14th 2011
Thank you sir, I really missed that one. And thank you for a very interesting read.
August 12th 2011
If Margaret was Macy's Aunt, where was Margaret's sibling that produced Macy???
August 12th 2011
Charlie - I don't usually step in on these, but Margaret's husband had a brother. arthur
from Victoria Heinsen
March 11th 2011
I bought the book and have finished reading it. Now, in as linear a fashion as possible,please summarize what in the hell happened. Victoria King Heinsen
December 5th 2010
Dear mr phillips, I'm reading the Dutch translation of your book "de Egyptoloog". It reminds me of some personal enquieries that I've done about history and other sciences. Atum Hadu was really an eroticist. It's nice to read.
Jane ReidJuly 3rd 2010
What a wonderful book. I did not want it to end....and reread many bits as to not miss ANYTHING. Humourous, horrific, not to mention a terribly original expose of human frailties. Terrific writing. I will be reading your other books....
from Dmitry Malikov
May 26th 2010
Never heard before about Arthur Philips until last week.My boss presents me russian translation of The Egyptologist.Read it fast,enjoy very much.Mr.Philips is scilled and imaginative writer.I`m his fan now!
from Donna Anna
May 8th 2010
Phew, what a relief.. I thought I was the only person in the world who didn't understand what happened in the book.. Many people have asked here for some clarification. But we will get none??
from Jennie P
April 28th 2010
Dear Mr. Phillips... your book is quite wonderful. I'm mortified to admit that it took me till halfway through to realise that Ralph Trilipush is an anagram of your own name. Duh. Thank you
from Druyan Byrne
March 13th 2010
I am only half-way through this book, but I could not wait to leave my praise for it-- I am having such a great time reading it, I regret that the farther I go, the sooner it will be over! A wonderful piece of work, Mr. Phillips!
February 12th 2010
I just finished this book and I loved it. I alternated between laughing at Trilipush, feeling deeply sad for him, and wanting to strangle him. What a great character! He actually reminds me of someone I once knew. The story works as a mystery, a comedy, a character study, and a commentary on the crazy things that we as humans can delude ourselves into thinking/doing. Bravo!
from Candace Seaton
December 2nd 2009
I can't stop thinking about this book. I did not find it funny...I thought Ralph,s slide into madness very touching and I wanted to save him...he had to kill Marlow in self defense...he was a neglected brilliant child and if not for a rigid class system could have truly been everything he presumed to be. Hugo and Beverly did make me laugh, though I hated Hugo. I found Farrell a goofy Bob Hoskins character and enjoyed his letters. I am going to read it again. Best thing I've read in years!
October 29th 2009
I'm with Donna (below) - Ferrell is Caldwell.
October 29th 2009
And Ferrell is another reincarnation of Caldwell...
from Vicki Shaw
September 28th 2009
My testament to this book is that I am listening to it on audiobook on my way to work and on my way back, but I could not turn it off, so I have been bringing it in and continuing to listen once I got home. If I could avoid going to work, I would, but alas, I can't. I have been listening to Elizabeth Peters novels, and I needed a break, but those I could stop upon arriving at home and upon arriving at work without undue anxiety. I could wax even more complimentary, but gushing is just not very attractive. You can reread the other more articulate and lofty critiques :) Vicki
from Mike Lerch
July 24th 2009
I feel that Andre Breton would be proud of Arthur Phillips for his work, " The Egyptologist" Breton,as one of the original Surrealists,,would have no problem sensing out the magnificence of the metaphor that The Egyptologist is. Breton's " Nadja" is Paul Davies. The reader becomes Breton. The reader experiences The Surreal,,as quite evident in all the thoughts posted already. The human condition , because of its beginning point, the mind, is subjective, and therefore all is subjective, so where is Truth? Oh yes, reality exists; tangible reality exists, but as A Phillips and the Surrealists before him demonstrate, reality and ones Truth, are two universes, eons apart. It is that unification that Breton had a desire for and sure enough, it is that unification that Paul Davies achieves. The triumph of the Imagination is Paul Davies's as well as the author's. Its not too difficult to see Ralph Trilipush as an anagram of Arthur Phillips?
from Joe Stroop
June 27th 2009
Finished the audio book a few days ago. It was superbly done. The actors were brilliant. If, however, you have not yet experienced The Egyptologist for yourself, some advice: I wish I had read the book. Reading is simply a different, richer experience than listening. A book this complex, this subtle, this finely crafted deserves one's full attention. The best element, in my view, is that there are in this Guestbook many different theories about which character did what to whom, and the text neither fully supports nor fully denies any of them. Very clever, Mr. Phillips.
April 27th 2009
Ok so Im a few years late in finding this book but I fell asleep last night after a junkie's weekend, ignoring my family, to trip on the Egyptologist, Ok the weekend before too to read The Song is You. How do we live in a time of hundred million dollar movies about absolutely nothing, or rather about absolutely everything we've seen a hundred times before, and in a time of reality tv shows that take the old expensive model, get rid of the actors and writers, just turn the camera around 180 degrees and call it entertainment, but where success of this gem is measured I would guess in the tens of thousands, not millions, sold. This is the sort of book where the High really lasts forever. Arthur Phillips should have rock star fame.
from Christena Alcorn
April 23rd 2009
Mr. Phillips, Please oh please put me out of misery! I've gone back and reread sections of The Egyptologist (which I loved) over and over, and I've read all the readers' comments. But I'm still driving myself crazy - especially since my theory is different from that of others. Okay. So Trilipush was a figment of Marlowe's imagination - a handy excuse. Marlowe and Quint are lovers. Marlowe goes off to war, and eventually kills Caldwell, then decides to fake his own death and assume the identity of Trilipush, who never existed. Woos Margaret for two reasons: the money and the longing to be normal. But he's too far gone, and ends up killing her father, and himself. Ferrell, having only half the story, goes to his death thinking he solved the case: an Arab killed Finneran and Trilipush, and Trilipush killed Marlowe and Caldwell. Am I anywhere close??? It's reassuring to see that other readers had questions, as well. Yet they also lead me to believe there are clues I missed, and am still missing. The consensus seems to be that Caldwell assumed Marlowe's i.d., but Caldwell couldn't have known much - if anything - about the fictional Trilipush. And that's probably the intention, I realize! Yet I still long for some clarification.
from Donnie Pennington
February 20th 2009
jon: "ended up killing & mummifying Finneran and then himself"? I think not. Killed Finneran and then Ferrell. Escaped Egypt assuming Ferrell's identity.
January 8th 2009
Wow, I just finished reading the book and I am stunned. Beautifully written, with excellent humour, extremely creative plot and a perfect twist. I was arguing with myself a lot during reading and I am glad that it turned out that neither of my two theories were right. As a student of archaeology and an Egypt lover, I am very happy for buying the book and I am sure I will read it again for a couple of times in the future. Thank you for this wonderful work!
December 20th 2008
Loved the book & it compelled me to read it much quicker than normally. I was somewhat mystified at the end, but then reread the opening letter and Bev's & Marlowe's concluding letters. It then seems clear that Caldwell killed Marlowe, and then became Trilipush, the heretofore mythical Oxford/Balliol figure, and ended up killing & mummifying Finneran and then himself (in the Hotel of the Sphinx linens) in the empty tomb that he had painted and written on himself. Am I right? PS: The last bk I enjoyed so much in this way was Jostein Gaarder's SOPHIE'S WORLD. And as a longtime editor @HarperCollins, I greatly appreciate the best in book publishing: a quality book, great read + commercial success. Although dreck & celebrity stuff can sell, it is also true that quality can sell.
December 18th 2008
What a surreal journey. By the end I wasn't certain if Trillipush was Marlowe or Caldwell. Still not certain. RMT could have been either of those characters, although in the deluded journal entries there were parallels to Cadwell's life. What a descent into madness...and what an enjoyable read.
from jesper ovesen
July 29th 2008
A fascinating book. About creating yourself, your life - if necessary by lies. The book consists of letters and since all the characters lie, it is quite a maze to find the truth (so I did not attempt that, just enjoy). But I was a little sorry that there was no genuine Pharao - sorry, King. However, I recall a story from Crete concerning the Linear B writings, before they were really translated, a profund German professor had translated a beautiful hymn to the sun - it turned out actually to be a list of the wheels belonging to the palace.
from Bob DeVore
June 24th 2008
I'm coming here to comment before I have quite finished reading the book: I'm in the middle of Hugo's letters to Bev. I don't know the ending yet. When Ralph meets the old spiritualist couple, I'm sure he must be a fictionalized version of Aleister Crowley. When Ferrell doggedly tacks the "real truth" halfway around the world--only to get it wrong in the end--I'm certain that everyone's shot at immortality is based on half-truth. When the previously empty chambers of the tomb begin to fill up with objects--some of them mummified bodies--I begin to sense that even though he wasn't quite right in the details, Ferrell was onto something. And all along, a nagging suspicion about a change in Paul Caldwell's identity... An excellent novel with deep questions about storytelling and the possibility of living forever through the lies one tells.
June 1st 2008
very much like nabokov :) this book was hilarious, although i was somewhat confused, and i didn't expect for it to end on such a somber note. it is one of my favorites.
May 13th 2008
I read this book a couple years ago while in Prague (not knowing about the book of the same name!) and kept my poor husband awake as I laughed out loud. I re-read it a couple days ago and was delighted to find new things I'd overlooked. It is truly a book to savor. I am letting my 16 and 14 yr old daughters read it, naughty as it may be. We are cracking each other up continually by randomly calling out "the Trilipush hounds!" Thank you so much.
May 12th 2008
I was not expecting that my heart would break at the end. Thanks for the wonderful ride.
January 25th 2008
I enjoyed reading The Egyptologist, particularly the satire of English dons. However, a nagging question remains with regard to credibility of the final denouement. How could an Aussie, and a poor one at that, possibly assume an upper-class English identity, given the unbrdigeable issue of ACCENT? As an original Brit, I am concerned by this one flaw in an otherwise very credible plot.
December 10th 2007
Can anyone email me a good summary on this book? I have a final tomorrow and I don't think I will be able to finish it all tonight, although it is one of the best books I have read. Thanks
December 10th 2007
Haha, same boat as you, John
December 1st 2007
Arthur Phillips: you are a genius. Daily, while reading The Egyptologist, I declared my undying determination to becoming the president of this book's fan club to my husband....and now I am attempting to make good on that dream. I hereby request that noble office and want to assure you that I've been fulfilling my duties by referring this book to everyone I meet. Really, I found the whole CONCEPT of the book brilliant. It was referred to me because of my love of the Middle East (I am an Arabic instructor and love the region, particularly Egypt), but just the literary device you used to present the story delighted me to NO END. Honestly, if I had more time, I could be come obsessive about it and re-read it immediately. Time as short as it is, though, I'll just satisfy myself with writing in, hoping you'll read it, and enjoying my self-proclaimed role as president of the Egyptologists's fan club. Hmmmm, I feel like I am acting a bit like Ralsh Trilipush....
October 17th 2007
Dear Mr. Phillips, Finished your astounding book early last evening and spent the rest of the night and all morning rereading and piecing it together. You certainly have some frightening things to say about our human quest for immortality, not to mention greed, class and phoniness! And you,sir,as RMT yourself, are a laugh riot. Whatever happened to that partially completed portrait you commissioned in preparation for your international success?? If you really are appearing at that coffeehouse in NYC on Nov.4th (2007?) I would love to meet you. I am a freewheeling retired teacher of gifted English (no Margaret,I) and I want to see for myself what Mr. Trilipush looks like in the flesh. Bravo to you. I'm off to read Pale Fire first and Prague next.
September 26th 2007
Loved the book but I have many unanswered questions. Is there a summary of each of the chapters or something that ties all the loose ends?
September 20th 2007
This was such a wonderfully written book and one of the most entertaining I've ever read. I can't say enough good things about it. I LOVE IT! I bought copies for all the book readers I know. Just finding this site is causing me to cast aside the book I'm reading now and reread "The Egyptologist" yet again. I wondered if you'd sign a book plate for me as well? I wish you the best in every endeavor and I'll certainly read anything you write. Shana
September 16th 2007
i love your site well done regards Ezeigbo
EmmaJuly 15th 2007
I really loved this book. I stumbled on it and I am grateful for this, because it has been a thrilling read, along with a more deeper current about of the intricacies of belief in historical sources. As Margaret (soon to be ?) Macy got the parcel Beverly Quint sent to Trilipush in 1923, I suppose that her nephew found it after her death in her possessions. If not, why did he wrote Ferrell to "fill the black spaces of private Macy family history" ? And the diary T. sent to her must also have arrived safely in Boston. Poor Margaret, marrying Macy because she had no choice at all... One really feels sorry for her. But I wonder where T's diaries stopped and to whom T. was writing the last chapter. By the way, the maps of the (unused) tomb at Deir el Bahari he mistakes for Atum-hadu, and the labelling of the chambers (Chamber of Confusion, indeed !) were a very nice and creepy touch... Till then, one may almost believe what the writer states. Loved the final irony : the manuscript C found in a bazaar, and perhaps a forgery for naÔve collectors !! All in all, a nice act of creating a litterary world. And one doesn't even wonder what Amelia Peabody Emerson doesn't try to unravel this mystery. Too busy trying to advise Howard Carte, I suppose !
SiJuly 4th 2007
Just finished the Egyptologist and... wow... the twists and turns I'm still trying to figure out. There is an explanation (of sorts) in the concluding letters but it still leaves a puzzle. Overall, a remarkable book.
June 24th 2007
So often one reads a book that begins with great promise and then ultimately disappoints...this is decidedly NOT one of those books. From the first page to the satisfying yet enigmatic ending, this book is a fascinating treat. Although I wanted it to last, I could not put it down and read it in two days during whatever time I could spare. Much thanks to the author for such a wonderful book.
June 20th 2007
I'm with Michael (below). This book was incredible. It is one of those rare reads where one rushes to the end of the story with excitement mingled with sorrow that it will all too soon be over. It is true what the critics say - you are channeling the mad, exciting wit of Nabokov. I cannot wait to read your others! Thanks for the best fiction read in years!
June 16th 2007
I picked this book up at DFW airport between flights a couple of days ago and I've barely put it down since. The very fact I'm emailing indicates how much I am enjoying the novel.
June 7th 2007
I love this book! It completely consumed me the past few weeks, and it's difficult for me to stick with any one work of fiction through the end. Thank you for an incredibly well-researched and beautifully written novel that kept the interest of an actual classicist/archaeologist. Looking forward to reading your other book(s) now!
April 18th 2007
Hi. i keep wondering if this book is THAT twisted or my brains became too hot after reading? is there ANY right FINAL guess for what has happened in reality? was there any Mr Davies seaching for Paul and others to get immortality thru them? immortality is paul's obssession/idea; and much-needed-father-figure and much wanted differentiation from his brothers/sisters could have just created Mr Davies, means ferrel was never hired, or never existed, or at least never played any role in this story.. so who revealed the true to finnerals then? maybe beverly quint? maybe his letter was opened by margherit and read to father? who understood ralph is poor and no use to the family... and was there any engagement between ralph and margherit, or their relationships were in reality as described by ferrel between himself and margherit (all trillipush letters were stolen by ferrel, writes margeherit to ralph in one of her letters, so loose ends to prove anything).. and why was she engaged to mr macy by 25th january 1923? could it have been that desribing ferrel/margo relations, ferrel shoudl be equalised to ralph and ralph to mr macy? is paul/ralph the same person? pretty obvious. read someone's opinion that it was Marlou who stood behind Ralph - but that was Mr Beverly Quint's guess which tuned out false after Ferrel's visit... why never mentioned how paul looked like - was he red? small? with accent? he was australian so why not, why not be ferrel, why not create ferrel of nothing... and why ferrel falls in love with the same girls paul/ralph does? and why he gets the same treatment - eg refused date from emma, lies from margherit... i just keep thinking that Paul, Ralph and Ferrel are one face; they create smth like a legend of their lifes to get the immortality thru publishing a detective story in 1958, because Atum-hadu project failed to succeed back their in 1922... or was their ANY egypt project in reality? 1958 is when all people mentioned are largerly dead (margherit, her dad, his partners etc... and did ralph found a real tomb (without anything, sure) or was this tomb digged by him a year ago - that was ralph's guess with what could atum-hadu had done to get his tomb a secret place. so many open-ended questions..
from Adam Tarter
April 14th 2007
I read this book 2 1/2 years ago, and still I think of it today. I can't say enough of how wonderfully this book is written. Truly a very unique style. In a class of it's own! After just finishing Angelica, I can truly say Arthur Phillips is one of my top 2 favorite authors. I can't wait to see whats next!
April 8th 2007
Absolutely brilliant! I really loved the book; how it always plays with your mind.... I suspected that RMT is Cadwell but never wanted to believe it! Looking forward to your next book!
March 16th 2007
I have read "Egyptologist" book today. And I have been looking it through today too. I cannot leave this world! I can open the book on each page, and... I want to read it! I realy couldn't imagine, that someone could craete it!! It is so realistic! Now Phillips is my favorite author! I will read other his books. From Russia with Love.
from Eva Neroth
February 7th 2007
Brilliant! I wish I wrote it! Buy the book, borrow it, read it!
from John Toy
February 5th 2007
from Don Ferriss
February 2nd 2007
Finished reading The Egyptologist yesterday. Hands down my best Christmas gift. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. After all, it may encourage the author to provide more.
from Nickolay Andreyev
January 13th 2007
Mr. Philips, I can't say for all russian readers of your book, but i like it! It was like a drug-addiction. Very deep psychology novel, RMT is just a bad son of a century...
January 3rd 2007
i resisted this book for a long time, what a moron i was!! i loved it, the best read i've had in a long long time!
January 3rd 2007
The egyptologist is the best book I have ever read.I`m a big fan of Egypt and my dream is to become an egyptologist but all the books I have read before weren`t as good as this one!Congratulations!
December 18th 2006
When I was a kid my dad used to teach history and write articles for archaeological journals. For years his particular interest was ancient Egypt and because of him I became obsessed with it too. I read every book I could get a hold of and I think that our copy of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark was worked until it exploded. Even though the history and mythology is fascinating, I realize now that what drew me to the subject was a sense of adventure. I grew up in a home where we watched Lawrence of Arabia and knew the name of Howard Carter by the age of 5 (and loved it) and I really got nipped by the adventure lust. Today I write myself and still read a lot of history but I mostly love to travel and look for those adventures. Getting to my point, I think that this is why I enjoyed the Egyptologist so much...Even though Ralph is obviously disturbed, I can understand why he does the stuff he does to some extent. I think that you have triumphantly brought back to life the kind of novel that died out decades ago...The adventure novel. In addition, it was also hilarious (reminiscent of the great P.G. Wodehouse), mysterious and very, very disturbing. I have told everyone I know to read this book. It made me laugh and cry and at the end, it also made all of the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Thanks for story, Kara
December 2nd 2006
You accidentally killed me softly with this book. When I finished it, I went to the computer to see what other books by you were in my local library system, and then sighed with shaky relief when there were not any, because my heart had already been aching for so many pages i wasn't certain i could take any more of your work so soon. i began the book laughing at how asinine trilipush sounded. then i slowly realized he was beautiful. then i realized he was me. i will not assist the demons of my past in perpetuating their hatred of me anymore.
from gayle whittle
November 29th 2006
This was an amazing book. I listened to it on CD, and was so compelled by it that I kept looking for places to sit quietly and listen. I like the parallel-somewhat contemporary and early 20th century-stories and how they eventually tied together. I also like how nothing is quite what it seems at first. Also, that the book answers some questions but raises others. for example, I see Ralph Trilibush as barking mad, whether from his injured foot or he started out that way. But...is he? Or is he simply reflecting that history is written by the victors, that, in the end, we make up our own history. Anyway, great read, great fun. I've recommended it to several people. GW
from Stewart Marshall
November 28th 2006
Loved the book! It engaged me completely, made me both laugh and want to cry (really almost lost it when his cat chocked on the fishbone and he held it while it died). Brilliantly crafted, multi-layered, excellent characters. I was certain, before I saw the letters at the end, that Bev Quint was actually Marlowe; and that he just could not face his tiresome parents again on coming back from the war. I reasoned he and Caldwell had been lovers and fellow enthusuasts digging together on leave, and had simply staged their own deaths in the desert after the Armistice, to begin new lives. Did anyone else suspect this? That was a great touch, having one of the many scenarios Tilipush throws at Ferrel actually be the true events more or less. Only snapped to that after I had completely finished the book. Brilliant job overall, truly. Hated to put it down when through reading it. Might read it again immediately to see if I missed anything subtle, something I have never done with a book before. -Stewart M.
from Nicole Gonzalez
October 31st 2006
from Nicole Gonzalez
October 31st 2006
How I have enjoyed traveling the world with you! From Unicum in Budapest to gin and lemonade in Egypt, you have given us all quite a taste of not only your astounding artistry, but your unique and astute view of the world. Your American drink of choice will be on me should you ever find yourself in Jersey. Cheers!
October 4th 2006
Mr. Phillips, I am sure that Mr Trilipush did not seal himself into the tomb of his alter-ego Atum-hadu; I believe he just ran away with the peasant woman who tempted him by offering him a shelter. it wouldn't just be "trilipushian" if he had really buried himself with his father-in-law. Encore, I have to warn you that The Egyptologist is about to appear in an eastern european country... I have trusted sources...
arthurSeptember 4th 2006
Mr. Reynolds, Please post your email address so I can contact you about the plate. Thank you, Arthur Phillips
September 3rd 2006
Mr Phillips, I own a 1st Edition copy of "The Eqyptologist." I enjoyed it very much and have shared the volume with my two oldest daughters. As such, I was hoping you'd be open to signing a book plate for me. If so, please give me a mailing address and I will send it along with a SASE for return. Thanks in advance, George Reynolds
from Gary L. Maker
August 23rd 2006
Good Evening Mr. Phillips..... I am now starting your book. Just eight pages in but I already know your work will have me burning many midnight oils as the adventure unfolds. ... I was wondering if a film company has purchased the rights to THE EGYPTOLOGIST? This digital age would be a great asset in bringing your creation to the big screen without breaking a studio bank to do so. ... All the best to you & I truly look forward to the time to be spent with your characters & time periods. ... Cheers, Gary L. Maker
from Scott Blakeney
August 21st 2006
Arthur, I don't know if you actually read these, but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I found it to be very interesting and intelligent, and I love the period that it evokes. The way you've constructed the book really adds to the unveiling of the plot. Congratulations, and please write some more.
from Yang Fei
August 19th 2006
China.When I discovered your book in the library this morning and read it,I found that I was attracted by it very much and couldnot put it down untill finishing reading it.It is excellent and I like it!!!!I hope you can write more great books and I will read it :) (Of course,if these books can be translated into Chinese because my English is not so good)
August 19th 2006
I loved both of your books--the first I stumbled upon by accident...the second I bought with purpose and much excitement--and was thrilled.
July 20th 2006
Just happened upon your book and am enjoying it so much I don't want to put it down. Why do you live in Paris? I lived there for 4 years and loved it (I went for a job. I am from nyc). You are very talented, witty, wily... Please write more books. Michelle
July 16th 2006
Phillips is nearly as deft as Nabokov at parodying the academic mind(I'am a chinese.I think my english is very poor .I'am a college student ,I like your writing very much.My e-mail is email@example.com.I will expect your respone,I will translate it in chinese)我是一名中国大学生,我喜欢你的书,期待你的回音!
from Judy Schalick
July 3rd 2006
The Egyptologist, cryptic life. I once sat at High Table, Pembroke College, Oxford, with an elegant guy I assumed would be bored. "What would you like to chat about?" he opened. "Meroe in the Sudan," I replied. He called for wine, I reported same to a BBC World pal/novelist who promptly created a character from Sudan/Meroe to fill a need in one of his international thrillers. Life and literature. Academia and mystery. All cryptic. Paul Auster. The French will love your books as much as his.
June 18th 2006
Maybe i missed something, but in the end did trilipush and ccf get killed? It is driving me crazy not knowing-I guess so since M married someone else. I really enjoyed the book, ecept i am just one of those readers that likes things all tied up for me at the end of a book. I don't like having to say what about this or that.
June 16th 2006
the information about the old eygpt is fascinating
from Susan Whyberd
June 13th 2006
I enjoyed your book so much that I am buying an additional three hardback copies for friends. It is unique and hilarious, and the self-deceptive way in which the main character operates reminds me of many people that you tend to run into in Hollywood. I'm not entirely sure what happened at the end! Is Trilipush still alive and relatively well in Australia?
June 11th 2006
I loved the book! I keep looking on imdb.com for any announcement of an upcoming film but there is still nothing there. I can't wait for a film version to come out!
June 11th 2006
Daniel; T is Caldwell. He was taken by the stories of M. Read the letters from M to Bev at the end of the book. Also, pay attention to the scenarios that T sets for the detective for the 100 reasons for the tags being left in the desert. I think the book would have been even better had it not been homo-centric. Having an imaginary friend who is beyond reproach and approved by parents where one could be during weekends in college would cover for many interesting situations. Read The Egyptologist - the book written in the 1920's and advertized in National Geographic at that time for a simular scenario. If you cant find a copy, an Egyptology Club stands in for T while the members of the club do as they please outside of parental/spousal view.
June 4th 2006
I'm afraid I don't understand the end. I have no answers to my questions: did Trilipush murder Go-go and Caldwell? Were Tril and CCF murdered by Ahmed (I didn't think so)? by the end, I don't believe any of the narrators/letter writers, so it leaves me with confusion. Will you help? Daniel
from Stephanie Kreuzer
May 15th 2006
I've just restarted "The Eyptologist", and regret ever having put it aside for college papers and exams! Until this poor student finds the money to travel, I'll content myself with exploring the world through your novels. Here's to more great writing, and I hope that you stop by New York soon!
from Lars Deleuran
May 13th 2006
Great fun! Sinc. Yours Lars Deleuran Librarian Brathalid South Greenland
May 10th 2006
Great read! Can't wait for your next.
May 1st 2006
We are reading your book for our book club and I am getting great feedback and we haven't even met yet.
from Howard Ignal
April 13th 2006
Best book I've read in a long time. Couldn't put it down.
MargaApril 6th 2006
I first read your book a year ago, but I enjoyed it so much that I'm reading it again. I majored in Egyptology in college and spent a year studying in Egypt, so the subject was quite dear to me to begin with. You captured the romance of Egypt so well, and I'm amazed at how all the research you must have done to get so many things so right. The book was not only fascinating and suspensful but hillarious. I hope you write more, but I can't see how you can top this one.
from E. T. "Johnny" Johnson
March 31st 2006
I am a retired 30 year veteran of WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. I served on 14 submarines and I just love your writings. I recently remarried after losing my wife to cancer 4 years ago. We were married for 56 years and raised 5 children. I found that the lonely life was not for me and found a wonderful widow at the retirement facility where we live. We were raised on dairy farms in Minnesota just 75 miles apart but in the early 30's didn't know anyone over 20 miles or so. Now we have found such a great life together and both of our families are very agreeable. I use my computer every day, belong to Barnes & Noble and read extensively. I enjoy very much your style of writing and continue to purchase your books. Thank you for bringing needed light to what has been going on in our country. E.T."Johnny Johnson, Bellingham, Wa.
March 22nd 2006
This is the first opportunity I've had to start the book. I am fascinated by Ancient Egypt. The creative literary style is the first element I've noticed. The perspective is a challenge, and reminds me of "The Woman in White." Thank you, Mr. Phillips!
from Gretchen Becherer
February 19th 2006
Hi Arthur - You may or may not get this kind of message in your guestbook all the time - I have just selected your book for my book group next month - it looks very interesting, and I'd heard great things about Prague. Then I'm reading my Blake Alum newsletter last night - or whatever they are calling it this season - and I realize that you're the same Arthur Phillips I went to school with - we were on the cross-country ski team together! My name was Gretchen Shronts back then, and I was 2 years younger - but you were a very nice guy - I say that sincerely since I was a pretty pathetic addition to the team. I was thrilled to see that you are this great writer - I really look forward to reading your book - it can be hard to find time - I have a 18 mo. old daughter and 4 yr. old son - but I'll manage it for someone I actually ski'id (?) with!! Again, I'm so happy for you - and now I must go rescue some cookies I just burned....... Best regards - to you and your family - Gretchen Becher - Blake class of 1988
from Audrey Vest
February 19th 2006
After finishing this novel I did something I have never done in my life: I immediately began rereading it for clues. Like many other readers, I was pretty sure I had guessed the outcome rather early on but not the means by which it was pulled off. The clues are there from the beginning, ingeniously woven into Trilipush's journals. I read the book because I've visited Egypt and viewed Tut's treasure and love egyptology, esp. Howard Carter's story. One of the most well-written novels I've read in my 68 years. Next stop: Prague.
from Bill Fairbanks
February 17th 2006
Just finished...great book! Watch for a postal letter from me via your publisher. ---Bill
from Bill Phillips
February 14th 2006
I just finished "The Egyptologist". I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading "Prague". I think I may suffer from "hyperglycemic nostalgia" also. (As a doctor, I love that term.) What is next for you? Have you consider anything to do with the Welsh or Wales? (I assume that with our common surname, you too have Welsh roots.) It seems to me that humor and irony have played a large role in the survival of Wales and the Welsh through hundreds of years of English domination. If you're interested, I would recommend "The Matter of Wales: Epic Views of a Small Country" by Jan Morris. Jan Morris incidently is a well know travel writer who started out as a man, married, underwent a sex change operation, and still lives with the woman he married. Thanks for a great book. I look forward to many more from you.
from Benjamin Bumpers
January 30th 2006
Mr. Phillips, I posted a couple of comments on the 12th of january and I just read the one from the woman in the book club. I too believe that Paul C. became Trilipush. Is there any way for me to know is this is true or not? Btw, Prague is HOT!!!!!! I'm almost done with it. The visions you paint through words with your descriptions is unlike anything I've witnessed before. Thrid novel is long overdue.
January 26th 2006
I'm one who worships the process of reading; as such, I avoid book reviews and dust jacket blurb until after I've read the book. Once read, they cannot be unread, and I prefer to wend my own way, unencumbered. Like many respondents in the Guestbook, I can't get this book out of my head, though for different reasons than most: I finished it a month ago, but read the dust jacket and on-board reviews only yesterday. Had I somehow read some other Egyptologist, I wondered? True, the book did (and still does) seem to me to qualify as a comedy, as most called it, but in an ancient Greek sense: not hysterical, ha-ha funny, but more like watching what looks to be a head-on train wreck in slow motion, only to see a crashing airliner wipe out the trains at the last instant. I never laughed once, yet I frissoned throughout. In all the commentary I've read, only Jonathan Kurfirst's August 31st 2005 entry (below) approaches what I experienced on reading this book. It's not just the comedy issue; "The Book" page in this website seems to promise a murderer, and another murderer, and perhaps a third... where I saw only one murderer, but multiple murders (this all made sense while I was reading, but all alone now, of course, I wonder...). One murderer: a ruthlessly ambitious, supremely and self-delusionally egotistical Aussie egyptologist wannabe, raised in a milieu of people (inspirationally, to him) pretending to be what they're not, who exploits his military circumstances to go AWOL in Egypt. Forensics, communications, and distances being what they were in early C20, he got away with killing Marlowe and--this is key--assuming his identity. Trillipush returns and is, in turn, murdered by this new Marlowe, who now assumes the identity of Trillipush, a step up. Atum-hadu's "tomb" is naught but a cave embellished by delusion, paint, and lie. T also murders Margaret's father, leaving his body in the position of the Master of Largesse, and lies around that fact in his letters to her (NB: the father never once adds a hello to M after his arrival at the tomb, despite being close enough to look over T's shoulder as he writes). There's more, but I'll leave that to some other as deluded as I (I also suspect T killed and ate the cats, adding their remains to the tomb)... AP? Can this be denied?
from Diane Benatar
January 20th 2006
Really interesting book! I loved it. We have a book club in my neighborhood; we met today for The Egyptologist. Great 'discussion'. We talked about lots of different aspects of the book, but at the end we really want to know who became Ralph? Most people thought it was Paul, but some thought it was Hugo. I don't know if you answer from this site or not, but we would really like your thoughts on this. Thanks-you, Diane Benatar
from Greg Ferrell
January 13th 2006
Interesting book. I was surprised when Ferrell was first introduced in the book since it's the same name as mine. I was even more surprised when I found his full name was Harold Ferrell - the same as my father's. How did you decide on the use of Harold Ferrell for the charactor's name? Greg
from Benjamin Bumpers
January 12th 2006
Phillips, this has to be the best book I ever read in my life, and I read about 30+ books a year on top of my studies. It's amazing how you centered a text around characters of ambiguity and tainted truths. Sir, you are a literary genius. Your style is very much admired and appreciated. Just to know that one still produce brilliant works that surpasses the confinement of a novel and embody present day human conscience is gratifing! I will start my read of PRAGUE tomorrow on the strength on this novel and our highly praised reviews. Ben B. Chicago, IL
January 12th 2006
Intriguing, funny, crucial reading to all of mankind. This is a grat book. I just couldn't put it down. Page after page was just packed with explosive content. Encore. Waiting on the next book.
January 9th 2006
Just finished the book about five minutes ago, and loved every page. Fascinating history, great setting, incredible characters, deft plot. The ending took me completely by surprise and I loved it. Very satisfying. I will be reading Prague next, and probably everything else you write in the future. One of my favorite parts is the letter Quinn writes to RMT, telling him how he really poured it on for Ferrell. As a gay man, I thought it was hilarious. Thank you!
December 23rd 2005
Purchased on Barbara Mertz's recommendation. Straight through the book, and now perusing everything on your website. The book wants another reading - soon!
from Nikolai Karayev
December 20th 2005
Thank you for your excellent book! I fell in love with it and, as a result, with Egypt while translating The Egyptologist into Russian. I tried to do my best to imitate the language of Nabokov. The majority of Russian reviewers praised the novel for its endless ingenuity. Trilipush forever! :)
from Virginia Sansone
December 12th 2005
I just finished reading the book and I am simply blown away by it. I loved it and I think the author is sooooo smart to write such a facinating book. The story was so surprising but sad, too. I may just have to re-read it again to pick up the little things I may have missed. Thank you for the great "trip" to Egypt.
from Betsey Van Horn
December 2nd 2005
I picked up your book after reading Mailer's novel of Egypt, expecting to be mildly disappointed after such a masterpiece. But, wow! Your book was full of wit, and zest, and delightful characters, and hidden agendas hidden in hidden agendas. Your writing style is so fluid, undulating, ululating! I could not put it down, (and almost blew Thanksgiving cooking altogether). Now I am reading Prague, which is equally as fascinating. You are a scholarly author who writes with an ever-reaching voice--no condescending thwarts or superiority. Your characters slip into my pillow case at night and send me on weird journeys. Please come to Austin sometime--we are a big reading community and we boast a gargantuan indie bookstore (Book People). What other books are you writing? Please tell us that one is in the works.
from Franc Neal
November 15th 2005
I would love to have my rare first edition of your book inscribed to "A Fighter for Honor." My favorite book in at least 5 years. Thanks. Franc Neal Atlanta
from Lisa Anderson
November 15th 2005
I loved this book. I bought it because I like both mysteries and Egypt, but it turned out to be so much more. The way it pulled me into the world of 1920's Egypt was incredible. I will admit I figured out most of the mystery part pretty early, but it didn't prepare me for the ending at all. What a doozy!
November 4th 2005
I just finished this book and really enjoyed it. I think I will read "Prague" next since The Egyptologist is the first book I read by this author. Are there any other books in the works?
from richard martin
November 1st 2005
knowing a bit about egyptology, i was sure i/d be disappointed by the book, but i really was impressed. the ending was *great* !
from Melissa Vergara
November 1st 2005
Come to Washington, DC! I'd love to chat with you about this book (I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was younger; I am now in the field of medieval studies). Thanks for a fantastic read!
from Filipe Almeida
October 25th 2005
I'm the marketing manager of your publisher in Portugal - Gůtica - and i'm pleased to say that this book is a masterpiece. It's umbelivable the way Arthur speaks without saying what he wants to say, the way he transmites ideas between the lines. We have to say alert to capture the big picture. I went to Egypt after reading this book and it transformed my way of looking, for instances, the valey of the Kings and the role of Howard Carter in the History of Egypt. Well, I think Arthur created a case study book because the all history is, in fact, hidding between the lines. Congratulations.
from Dontia Gentry
October 20th 2005
just got done with the book - I love Egypt and would like to go someday. I loved the book and can believe that much of what was wrote could have happened in that time frame.
from Marilee Henneberger
October 17th 2005
What pleasure I had reading The Egyptologist! Slow getting started, but quickly pulled into the maze, I soon found myself in a labyrinth of intrigue, with characters real and imagined. I was wonderfully entertained.
October 16th 2005
Thank you, thank you. What a captivating, amusing, mind-morphing journey you set us on. The most enjoyable hours I've spent in quite a while. Please add more stops to your book tour. How about Denver?
October 14th 2005
I liked this book in some ways. Firstly, it's really funny. Secondly, there are some wit ideas. Thirdly, I like Ancient Egypt. So, thank you for your book.
October 14th 2005
Growing up in Northern Ireland I always had a fascination with Egypt. After finishing college I moved to the USA about 6 years ago. I canít tell you how much I miss even the Ulster Museumís Egyptian exhibit. This brought me to recently pick up a copy of your book and I couldnít stop from beginning to end. Congratulations. It is a great piece of entertainment and a real work of art. Even if they are not about Egypt I look forward to reading your other and future works. John Minneapolis, MN
October 14th 2005
I really enjoyed this book.
October 11th 2005
I can't get this book out of my head. I've recommended it to all my favorite reading friends and am suggesting it for my bookgroup next meeting. This book was such a treat and I am so glad I found it.
from dale tice
October 10th 2005
I'm reading The Historian now, but this looks like it will be my next one.
October 10th 2005
I've loved Egypt for a long time, which is what inspired me to pick up this book. I thought for a long time (like someone else mentioned in your guestbook) that Ralph and Paul might be the same person, and was convinced even more once Ralph started to go over the Pillars in the History Chamber. I'm still in high school and in my AP literature class we just finished reading Remains of the Day, which deals entirely with the unreliable narrator. It was great for me to see that technique used in modern literature, and your novel has given me a greater understanding of the technique. I am still a little confused as to the ending, but perhaps I just need to read it again. I thought at first that the Master was Hugo and that it was Hugo's body in the tomb, yet at the end it seemed that it was CCF because the words "father-in-law" are used. If it's at all possible, I'd like that cleared up, since I seem to have missed something.
from Chip Hand
October 10th 2005
I loved this book! It is one of the best books I've ever read because it succeeds on so many different levels. I'm hoping Randy Newman, a huge fan of "the untrustworthy narrator," will discover it and make it into a mad musical. If he doesn't I will. The themes of self-delusion, masks within masks, and immortality capture todays zeitgeist perfectly. On a related site for Prague the author gives the history of the novel. I'd love to read the history of the Egyptologist, and more about the author's creative process. I also hope to attend a book signing by Mr. Phillips in the Los Angeles area! Are the film rights available? Best regards, Chip Hand
September 30th 2005
I really enjoyed readinf this book, a wonderfully entertaining novel.
from Allan G. Bennett
September 18th 2005
Our book group is meeting tonight at our house to discuss "The Egyptologist". This is a wonderful book; we will indulge in shish kabobs, and probably start with tonic jinns. I noticed an acknowledgement to the example of Miss Vivian Darkbloom. By coincidence, I recently learned that John Harbison composed an overture to an imaginary opera having something to do with Ms. Darkbloom. Is (s)he becoming a cult figure? At any rate, you have written a terrifically engaging book, and I can't imagine a better "example" than Vivian D's anagram. What's next? Allan G. Bennett, M.D. Carbondale, Illinois
September 10th 2005
Nice Reading, with (at least) one mistake. The italian traveller and egyptologist Belzoni never worked in a circus, as you state twice. He was a strongman and an actor at the Saddler's Well in London for many years: there he earned his very good reputation. Thank you, anyway M
from jonathan kurfirst
August 31st 2005
i've never really talked to an author before, and i've never really re-read books once i finish them. nevertheless, i have been re-reading the beginning of the egyptologist to see if any of the theories i was percolating were based on what i'd read, or just my own imagination. to elaborate, at a certain point i began to think that ralph and paul caldwell were the same person. this was based upon the idea that paul was an abused and neglected child, and somehow created another self(which can be associated with being abused), that basically compensated for the trauma and self-hatred he experienced. i think i began to see this when he was, in his delirium, writing/"interpreting" the history of atum-hadu on the pillars. the story of atum-hadu had many of the same elements as his childhood. the fact that this could be true made ferrell's theorizing even more flawed. i don't know if there is anything to my thought process, but it sure is interesting. the book was hard to get into, but once i did, it was great and moved along rapidly. now that i've re-read alot of the early portions i like the book even more. thanks, jk
August 26th 2005
A fascinating story on so many levels. Ralph's "voice" is masterful. The best book I've read this year, and among the best I've ever read!
August 25th 2005
My husband and I have visited Egypt several times and are very amateur Egyptologists. We read and thoroughly enjoyed your book from the first page to the last word. Is there an on-line discussion group for the readers of The Egyptologist? We would like to get the views and various thoughts about the plots and subplots from other readers.
August 23rd 2005
thank you for this book-I really enjoyed it. Maybe I am overthinking things, or my ignorance is just showing through, but I keep wondering why if a pharoah excavated a tomb and then decided against using it, such care would be taken in sealing up each room as they exited. A very minor question, but couldn't stop thinking about it
from Kimball Lockhart
August 19th 2005
Dear AR: Congratulations: a great read. Didi is a good friend of Lynne Alpert and my dad, Kay Lockhart: I'd like to shake your hand one fine day in Prospect Park, Minneapolis, and trade war stories (I am a creative/critical/academic writer). It was not my family but a friend, Bob Solotaroff, who turned me on to your stuff: he wants to write you a fan letter, as the retired U of M english prof that he is. Maybe we could conspire to have you send him an e-mail instead: that would give him a kick! What are you working on now? Too bad about Jeapordy: I was sure you would have aced that last question, given all of the eastern european stuff... I was sure I knew what was going to happen early into Egyptologist, given Prague--and then I was wrong. Anyway bravo and see you soon? kjl
from Ms. Amelia
August 12th 2005
I *finally* finished the last couple of pages (letters) of "The Egyptologist" this morning! I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into when I first opened the novel (to be honest, curiousity was the main motivation behind the purchase - the story seemed intriguing), but I enjoyed every minute of it! It's just to my taste. It was hard to put down every time I had to, and I was laughing out loud on more than one occasion! Thank you for a lovely experience, A.P.!!
from Grazia Francioli bittner
August 9th 2005
absolutely fascinating, provacative and so enjoyable I couldn't put it down ! Please do more. I loved the humor, scholarship and the enticement.Hypnotic, and with a dash of malice. Bravissimo! Grazia
from joel m. fisher
August 8th 2005
Enjoying Prague, having spent time in Budapest considerably before the fall of the Soviets, end of cold war, etc. Will read this book next. jmf
from Adam Tarter
August 8th 2005
None at this time. It has been 9 months since I read the book.
from Mary Lou Rounds
August 8th 2005
Thank you, for a wonderful story, told beautifully.
August 6th 2005
Finished the book two days ago. Can't quite shake it. I am simultaneously perplexed and amused by what I experienced. It has also prompted personal reflections on what we cling to as reality. Congratulations on your brilliant writing.
from Michael Washburn
August 6th 2005
It was a pleasure to attend the reading at Book Court. Congratulations on going where many contemporary authors would not dare to tread. A wonderful novel! Michael Washburn
from Paolo Belfiore
August 4th 2005
The book was very clever. Delightful. Thanks for a good read.
August 4th 2005
I just wanted to say that The Egyptologist is one of the best novels I've ever read. I work in a bookstore and I've recommended it to several customers. I'm reading Prague right now and am enjoying it very much.
from Janet LeBrun
August 2nd 2005
Please include me in your notifications of upcoming tour dates. Thank you
July 24th 2005
I have never written to an author but...just finished (sadly, but am going to reread it today) the book and am just...amazed! Was up most of last night reading, laughing insanely to myself...nearly 4am and really HAD to put it down to go to sleep...couldn't wait to get up today to finish. Anyway, this was a wonderful book, kept me guessing till the very end...just had to write something because I've never been so floored by a book as I am now...thanks for the great story!! MJ, Irvington, NY
from Silva Saladaga
July 17th 2005
Hello, from Kent, Ohio
from Fr. John Shaw
July 16th 2005
There is one thing the British Museum did not explain. The Egyptian language ceased to be written in hieroglyphs, but continued to be spoken until at least late medieval or early modern times, under the name of "Coptic". Champollion was able to decipher the hieroglyphs by first learning Coptic. Coptic is written in a form of the Greek alphabet, with the vowels spelled out. Coptic is also the liturgical language of the Coptic Church, and there are people today who can still speak and write this form of Egyptian. The novel is a masterpiece of suspense, one cannot put the book down; but the ending does not seem to fit.
from Marvin Tofle
July 15th 2005
I picked this book up to read on my vacation and I missed much of my holiday because I couldnt put it down. Phillips reminds me of Dickens with his ability to develope real characters with human flaws and just the right dialect for each character. I love the fact that Ralph Trilipush is an anagram for Arthur Philllips but I dont know where the middle initial M fits in. Please put me on your e-mail list.
from John Sullivan
July 14th 2005
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I laughed and I thought..things I do not often do when reading these days. Well, I laugh, but I don't believe I have the author's permission most times. Prague is next on my list. Keep up the great work!
from Richard Daquioaag
July 12th 2005
Your story and its characters continue to entertain me long after I've finished reading the book. Thank you. I look forward to Reading Prague.
from mark cohen
July 11th 2005
Just finished the book this weekend. Now I will read Prauge asap. Did he really find the tomb? :-)
from Kris Hirst
July 9th 2005
Stumbled across your book in my local library, loved it, and just reviewed it for my website. Thanks kindly and by all means add me to your mailing list. http://archaeology.about.com/od/fictionstoriesandnovels/fr/phillips.htm Congratulations! It's not every day I am forced to take off an afternoon to finish a book.... Kris
from Peggy McClure
July 9th 2005
Amazing book! Having recently travelled to the Valley of the Kings -- I was fascinated.
July 9th 2005
I'm a former archaeologist. Also a fanatical egyptophile. Loved the book. A great accomplishment!
from Barbara Storie
July 7th 2005
July 5th 2005
Did Ralph finally studied in Oxford, didn't he? :-)
from Glenn Miller
July 5th 2005
Terrific book! As rich and layered of a novel as I've read in years. I look forward to your next.
June 29th 2005
I loved this novel! I'm a public librarian and am recommending it to all and sundry to spread the word. Entertaining, witty, charming, untimately heartbreaking, lovely puzzle of a historical whodunit. Looking forward to all future books.
from Rebecca Bragg
June 29th 2005
I've just finished reading The Egyptologist and I'm delighted to have an opportunity to offer my feedback. I've never before read an epistolary novel that I thought couldn't have been improved by another approach. And it took a while, I'd say a good 50-75 pages, for me to start engaging with the characters in this one. I'm very glad I stayed with it, though, because I think this book is a masterpiece. I don't know when I've read a work of fiction that combined such sureness and subtlety in both character and plot development. And the epistolary genre is exactly right for this complicated tale -- it couldn't have been told as well any other way. As I was reading, I particularly admired your restraint. After have done so much research, the temptation to overburden the narrative with ultimately distracting detail must at times have been hard to resist (or so I imagine). Congratulations on a stellar achievement!
from Bruce Robertson
June 25th 2005
Great book. I cottoned on early BUT really thought you developed the related themes very well and I just enjoyed the whole experience. I was indeed laughing in parts. I will put this in the reread pile. Liked Prague too, but this moreso. I'm not really sure readers should talk to authors, but what the heck: Do continue! Since this time you ignored Hemmingway's admonitions, whose will you flaunt next time? Strunk and White's? How about something like Borges -- go from tomb to labyrinth? The email story with the BM was almost as funny as the book -- worked a little too hard for that drink, perhaps tho. Thanks. -Bruce
June 25th 2005
I was involved with the King Tut exhibition and picked up your book on the recommendation of a colleague. A wonderful diversion from the "real world". Cheers!
from Tony Kaufman
June 24th 2005
Brilliant! Best I've read this year. Will go out at once and buy Prague.
from Kimberly O'Brien
June 23rd 2005
Loved both The Egyptologist and Prague. What's your next project?
from Jay Venute
June 22nd 2005
Arthur- I was so happy to meet you yesterday at BN, I'd been talking about it all week. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed your book. I know that creating is a mixture of selfishness and sharing, so I'll just thank you for being someone who has found the balance between those. The end result is wonderful. Thank you again, Jay from BN
June 21st 2005
Just finished the book, which was chosen for our bookgroup. I stayed up ALL NIGHT recently finishing it. It is fascinating. BUT, I was so disappointed to come here to the website and find that the reading group guide is not yet available!! Is there any way to see a rough draft or some other set of thoughts and questions?
June 21st 2005
Incrediably,inaccurate detailing in first half of book.Then it becomes as apparent as the false 3200 year old candlesticks! This is a murder mystery of a wanna be Pharoah. Congratulations.Anne(student of ancient Egyptian histories for 33years)Newspaper career of 18,now I have truely read it all.
from Lauren Jill
June 21st 2005
I'm much enjoying the book. Am about 1/4 through it. I'm an Egyptophile. Thanks for writing the book!
June 17th 2005
I loved this book. I suppose you think you're very clever to leave those plot holes! :) Now I am forced to fill it in myself. If you hear about a woman in the Midwest who was found in a pile of towels in her basement, surrounded by stick figures she'd drawn with a Sharpie, that will be me.
from Kim Dunnagan
June 13th 2005
I read this book cold: I had not heard nor read anything about it, and I was taken on a wonderful ride. As a person who has studied Egyptology on the side, I was particularly taken by the way the author phrased the entries by Ralph at the end. It was spot on. Great book, have recommended it to everyone I know.
from Justine James
June 12th 2005
Thoroughly enjoyed the novel - as an Egyptologist myself it was all the more entertaining, especially the insight into the madness that is academia.
from Anne O'Shea
June 11th 2005
I will rave about this book to friens. So clever and so funny.
from Melanie Gnad
June 11th 2005
I liked the multi-person diary/letter format. A very good read for both murder mystery and historical content. I also like your website with the links, especially Carter's diary. Hope you will do more.
from Marc Peacock Brush
June 11th 2005
Quite an achievement, Mr. Phillips. A novel at once sprawling and adventurous, yet so damn introverted it'll make you weep. This must have been fun to write. I am recommending TE at the online journal I edit - www.wanderingarmy.com; expect massive new sales. Best, Marc
from Sue Taylor
June 5th 2005
I loved this book! I enjoyed Prague too but this couldn't have been more different. Brilliantly constructed and darkly funny. I loved the humor in the book and the characters were so well written. One of the best books I've read recently.
from lori cowee
June 1st 2005
Hello, I just completed 'The Egyptologist.' It was wonderful! When are you planning on writing another book? Best wishes for your continued success. Sincerely, Lori Cowee
from Erich & Sara Zeiss
May 12th 2005
What wicked fun Arthur! I loved it. All the best, Erich Madison, WI
from Kim E. Simkins
May 11th 2005
So sorry to see you go down in flames the other night on Jeopardy! I, too, am a former Jeopardy champion (although I did not make it to five games),and for what it's worth, I did not know final Jeopardy either. I enjoyed The Egyptologist -- very different and challenging. Will now be giving Prague a try. My mom's parents came from Hungary and my stepdad came to the U.S. after the revolution in 1956. I'd say I'm prepared. Be well.
from Dolores Gross
May 11th 2005
Dear Arthur (I feel like I know you), I enjoyed seeing you recently on Jeopardy, one of my favorite shows. And I enjoyed The Egyptologist as well. Thanks.
from david traini
May 6th 2005
Arthur:sorry to see that you met the same fate as I in the second round of the tournament. Ankara and sovereignty, our twin Waterloos!! I am certain that you were as disapponted as I, but, as we all know, life goes on. I am glad that your second book is doing well. I think that Prague and The Egyptologist will be at the top of my summer reading list. It cetainly was enjoyable and exciting spending the day with the other champions and you. Best of luck in your writing career, and keep your sights set on the "Alex Trebek Retirement" tournament in a few years. Dave Traini
May 5th 2005
from Tim Willis
May 3rd 2005
Just saw you on Jeopardy, we were rooting for you all the way. (My guess was Madrid for the final, on the wrong side of the empire.) I enjoyed The Egyptologist very much. Now I'm going back for Prague. As a 25-year veteran of independent bookstores (Books & Co, Dayton; Barbara's,Chicago; Eagle Harbor,Bainbridge Isl. WA), I'd like to thank you for including BookSense in your "buy the book" link. Best, Tim Willis
from Julie Breo
May 2nd 2005
Just today, my reserved copy of The Egyptologist came in at the New Smyrna Beach, Fl library. I was reading page 47 on the screened in porch (it is 82 degrees here tonight) when you, Arthur Phillips, appeared on Jeopardy! How fun to meet you, via TV, and now to be able to tell you how much I am liking your book already. My husband and I were in Egypt in 1991 and have had a real fascination with that county always. You did a great job on the show, and I was hoping that the final answer would be Prague. Good luck with the great book! Julie Breo
from Steve Bregman
April 30th 2005
Loved The Egyptologist. Fascinating, captivating, amusing, and bound up in history. I'm a library director and will recommend it to many people. A pleasure to read.
April 29th 2005
i really enjoyed reading your book
from Lori Konarska
April 22nd 2005
Your book is brilliant! It is the most entertaining, intelligent, hilarious book I have read in many years. I am now a devoted fan.
from Christopher Halvorson
April 21st 2005
I loved Prague for its originality in so many categories: setting, characters, themes, imagery, etc. A unique piece of work that was utterly fascinating and fresh. Thank you for a terrific novel. I look forward to reading this latest work. It is nice to see great works reaching the mainstream market. Have you read The Kite Runner or The Namesake or Empire Falls or Atonement or Middlesex? Those are definitely on my top ten list with Prague. Signed by a rising Hollywood screenwriter who is envious of your work, Christopher Halvorson, Los Angeles
from Ken Reed
April 13th 2005
What an excellent writer you are! I thoroughly enjoyed "The Egyptologist." When are you going to publish the ending?
from Charles Beans
April 8th 2005
I enjoyed the book. However, and I feel stupid, I did not understand the ending. So I came here looking for some information.
from Annette Funseth
April 7th 2005
I just finished The Egyptologist and I must say it was one of the best books I've read in years!
from Luke Cass
April 6th 2005
Philips, you are a unique talent and in my humble estimation, the best writer of this generation.
from Krista Birenkrant
March 21st 2005
I just finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it! I would love to hear you speak about it. I read this for my book club and am searching online for a reading group guide, but haven't found one. Truly a great book, with such a complex plot!
from Ron Bowers
March 19th 2005
Excellent Book, particularly to listen to, with all the voices and characters!
March 13th 2005
What an adventure ! I first experienced it as an audible book (particularly well done). It was clear that this is the sort of book that one re-reads immediately and got the book. COuldn't wait for the paperback !
February 23rd 2005
Dear Mr. Phillips: I had only a few seconds to review your book. Prague seems very interesting. I hope to be able to read it. Regards, Kay Beck Greensburg, PA
February 20th 2005
The last part (disc 14 on Recorded Books Inc.)of The Egyptolotist..... confused me so that now...I am not sure who was pretending to be someone else, or who killed whom? Which adult was the former poor little chap who borrowed books on Egypt from the library? Help! I don't want to re-read it just yet.
from Antoinette MacWatt
February 20th 2005
from Heidi Heistad
February 19th 2005
Please include Milwaukee, WI on your book tour. Kind regards, Heidi Heistad
from Megan Thaler
February 17th 2005
Hi Arthur. I just finished it last night and I really loved it. I'm going to email you soon about it and to see how things are going. It was great seeing you in Houston.
from Katherine Hoholik
February 17th 2005
Our reading group selected your book as our February read. The premise and style of the book was not terribly appealing to me at first but I began to read it and after about 50 pages I was hooked. It is absolute fun! I love this book!
February 17th 2005
The book is great. RMT is so fabulously delusional. Nothing entertains me more than a cast of imperfect characters. Well done. Hope I get to see you speak.
from Danny Pittman
February 16th 2005
Hello, I just bought The Egyptologist and would like to know if I sent it to you would you autograph it for me? Thank you. I will need instructions and address as to where to send it, if you do this kind of thing.
from Carrie Check
February 11th 2005
Loved the book!!! I have chosen it for my book club to read and I have to facilitate the discussion. I see from the web site that there will be a reading group guide as of August. Unfortunately for me our discussion will be March 3rd. I was wondering if you had any questions I could use. I have a few of my own but could use some help. Would be greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Carrie Check
February 11th 2005
I am going to Egypt in March of 2005. I hope it is as exciting as I imagine. I have wanted to see the pyramids for as long as I can remember. I will come back with an update after the trip! God Bless. -richie
from Fred Hartwell
February 11th 2005
Live in Brooklyn. Let me know when Arthur is speaking somewhere close. Thanks.
from Sue Wiles
February 8th 2005
I am loving The Egyptologist but an anachronism has leapt out at me (an Australian) that you might consider correcting or deleting when the book is reprinted. On p. 116 of the hardcover 2004 edition, at the start of Ferrellís letter dated December 24, 1954, he mentions ďan old woman here, quite out of her mind, like most of them, hasnít spoken in ages, just stares at the telly ÖĒ However, we didnít start television transmission in Sydney until late 1956. First transmission was 13 July 1956 and regular programmed broadcasts began on 16 September 1956, later in other capital cities. So the old woman couldnít have been staring at the telly in 1954 because there werenít any TV sets and there wasnít any transmission. She could have been glued to the radio Ö but not TV.
from Charles Mitchell
February 6th 2005
February 6th 2005
i just want to know when mr phillips will be on tour
For RYANFebruary 6th 2005
Ryan - You'll get an email for tour info around June.
from Madhu Parmar
February 6th 2005
I did enjoy reading it specially since I have been to Egypt/see Tut-ankh-amen treasures. Please enlighten. Thanks.
from Olene Mountain
January 25th 2005
I have been participating in the Barnes & Noble online discussion group. It was a little intimidating knowing you would be reading my comments. When I read your kind replies to others I felt bold enough to jump in. I have not studied, really studied, a book since high school. I have really enjoyed being made to think and rethink what I am reading. On top of that it was a good read. Thanks for the fun.
January 24th 2005
The book was excellent! I loved the intrigue.
from Mayn Katz
January 23rd 2005
Hi Arthur! Met you briefly in Minneapolis last fall. I see your dad at Golden Valley CC quite a bit in the summer.
from Finette Carpenter
January 22nd 2005
I had just returned from Egypt when I read this book for the first time, most of it a second time and the last part three times to savor the clever format, the imaginative twists to the plot, and the incredible ending. Fresh in my mind were the awesome settings and wonders of ancient Egypt. A spellbinding read!!
January 17th 2005
I wished I still worked in an independent bookstore, so I could hand sell this to all mys customers! What a book; I haven't enjoyed a new novel this much in years. With thanks, and anticipation for the next one, Robert
from Phil Foss
January 17th 2005
-I just came back from Egypt (Oct '04) --I was hoping to hold onto the feeling of being there. --This book has done that for me. Thanks! Phil Foss
January 16th 2005
Fine storytelling! I thoroughly enjoyed the laughs and missteps, not to mention the lesson on class inequality. I admit that I guessed what was to come - which was actually conducive to fully understanding the humor. On to Prague...
from heather thomas
January 13th 2005
January 12th 2005
I really enjoyed this book! Although I am usually more partial to non-fiction, I read a review and decided to give it a try. Well worth it!
from catherine weibel
January 11th 2005
I bought the book in NYC and read it back in France. I did love it, it was very funny, and even funnier if you have some knowledge in egyptology. However I had read so many times that the end was dramatic that I was expecting something more disturbing, just like the hero killing Carter and letting people charge the malediction with the murder. Anyway this reading was a great enjoyment, a big fun as well as a thought about thirst for immortality, class inequality and mental collapses. Bravo.
from Jacquelyn Leth
January 11th 2005
I really found this book unique and very entertaining. I found myself cracking up reading it and I couldn't put it down.
from Terry Fallis
January 10th 2005
I'm barely through the first 100 pages but feel compelled to congratulate the author. If the rest of the book is as good, I'll be turning to Prague by early next week! Well done...
from Veronica Mcknight
January 10th 2005
from Jen Blanaru
January 8th 2005
January 8th 2005
I love it!
from Daniel L. Phillips
January 6th 2005
Greetings I just published a poorly wrote first book through Xlibris.Its called The Crystal Tomahawk. I looked up in the library waiting for my quitar to be restrung at a local music store and found several other Phillips's, who are writers including another Daniel Phillips. I wanted to just remark, you write really good stuff! I'm going to stay in Fiction so I shouldn't pose any threat. God Bless and Happy 2005
from Beverly Cangialosi
January 1st 2005
from Mary Ann Wreschnig
December 23rd 2004
Just finished your book, and loved every minute of it! I literally couldn't put it down. I hope to be reading many more of your books in the year to come.
from elise honaker
December 23rd 2004
Besides being a brilliant author, Arthur Phillips is also one damn handsome man.
from Jonathan Prestidge
December 22nd 2004
from Claire Frederick, M. D.
December 16th 2004
Thank you so much for this book. A tour do force!!!A great read.
from Jennifer S. Bax
December 14th 2004
I picked this book up (the audio version) on a whim-- I'm an bioarchaeologist, and I liked the title. I was hooked! I ended up driving aimlessly for hours (my CD player is in the car) listening, and I'd lay awake at night wondering what could possible come next. The tone changed so subtly from light "dramedy" to psychological thriller that I thought I must be mistaken about what I was hearing! The ending was positively shattering, and I was left with quite a lot to contemplate and wonder about. Thank you for this intricately constructed tale-- I'm recommending it to everyone I can think of!
December 6th 2004
Please add me to your e-mailing list
from Kathy Anderson
December 5th 2004
Just finished it. I thoroughly enjoyed it--might start it again tomorrow.
December 5th 2004
Apart from this book being a superb dazzling read, I was amazed at how accurately you managed to pin down Australian speech patterns. And of course to even know about the great military disaster of the Dardanelles which this very strange country of mine (Australia) still celebrates as something to be proud of each April 25th with a public holiday. I read it this weekend sitting in my garden under the big Australian sky and marvelled.
from Judith K. Simonson
November 30th 2004
November 29th 2004
Salut Arthur, Juste un petit mot pour te dire que je viens de finir ton livre et que je l'ai beuacoup aime! J'ai ete impressione par la maniere dont tu as melange les genres (journal intime, roman policier, conte philosophique, carnets de voyage, roman historique...) pour en faire ... une oeuvre unique bien sur! Bravo! En attendant ton prochain livre...
November 29th 2004
deep,dark, hilarious. incredibly intricate. I loved the different perspectives and did not guess what was to come. Bravo! I enjoyed the book tremendously and cannot wait to discuss it with other readers.
November 28th 2004
Halfway done and so far, it's quite good.
from Shona Armstrong
November 27th 2004
P.S. I just read the nitpicking about television coming to Australia and thought I'd add my own stand for Canadian history in case it can be fixed for the paperback . . . - on page 224, there are 12 pillars in the tomb, but there are only 10 provinces in Canada (and two - now three - territories). And there were even fewer provinces back in the 1920s. Does it drive you crazy to find these things after publication? If it does, sorry. But if it's fixable, hopefully it's nice to hear fronm your vast international army of nitpicking volunteer editors and fact checkers . . .
November 24th 2004
I would love to be informed if Mr. Phillips will visit San Francisco or Palo Alto. Thank you.
from R. Smith
November 21st 2004
Best novel of the year.
from Matt Lakemacher
November 17th 2004
Prague was a modern American masterpiece and The Egyptologist was just as thrilling. With only two novels, you have now cemented your place as my favorite fiction writer. Keep up the good work. Can't wait for the next yarn!
from for Dolores Gross
November 9th 2004
Dolores, You are not dreaming. Best wishes, Arthur Phillips
from Marco Damad
November 6th 2004
In the depths of a mind insane, fantasy and reality are the same.
November 3rd 2004
Great story, interesting characters, and a unique structure. A few parts dragged a bit, (such is the nature of a blow by blow account of an archeology expedition, I suppose), but in general it flowed very well. It was a great illusion for the reader who feels as if he's discovering the letters, journals, cables, etc. himself for the first time.
from for Kim Blok
November 3rd 2004
from Bill Kavran
November 1st 2004
I just finished the book. Thought it was great. Looking forward to your next story.
from raphael adler
November 1st 2004
Dear Arthur: I am a great fan of your wonderful books. Thank you for the joy your prose has given the world . Raphael
from fred pfisterer,
October 28th 2004
What a terrific read! When I was younger, I had a fascination with ancient Egypt and this book revived it. Thanks for writing a real page-turner that never lets you down.
from Patrick Capurro
October 22nd 2004
This book was absolutely brilliant. I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to your next creation. Thank you for an amazing story.
from P.J. Lannon
October 21st 2004
Sir: I was happily reading your book when I came across something interesting. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Winlock's granddaughter. I am enjoying it. Sincerely
from David Craychee
October 20th 2004
I just finished the book last night, and it was one of the best books in years. I had been shying away from reading, but this has brought me back to why I enjoy reading.
from Mark Patten
October 10th 2004
Excellent read, too bad about the poor fella's ending though couldn't be helped I suppose. Would have been fun to see if he could have lived to take on another persona in another book one day. This was more about madness than theivery I figure. Top notch.
from Sara Davis
September 29th 2004
It was wonderful to see you read last night in Cambridge. I might have been the only person who you didn't know. Looking forward to finishing the book.
from daniel morley
September 29th 2004
VERY much enjoyed your reading at the Harvard Book Store last night and am now enjoying your book! Good luck on your tour. Daniel Morley
September 28th 2004
So brilliant, so well written and SO funny, all at the same time. A true, (not Trilipushian) treasure!
September 28th 2004
I read your book Prague while in Budapest several weeks ago. An unbelievable description of the city. I felt like I was a character in your book! I like to collect signed books of my favorite authors. Is it possible for me to send this to you to sign? Thanks for your time in reading this email.
September 25th 2004
Dear Arthur: Can't wait to start reading. Great to catch up with you. Let me know the next time you're in town and we'll have drinks/ dinner.
September 22nd 2004
Arthur, You are, of course, certifiably insane. I can't think of a book that is so unbelievably funny. Or so unbelievably sad. That said, I reiterate: you are utterly mad. Long live Ralph Trillipush! (And what, by the way, are we to make of that anagram?) Best, Nick
September 20th 2004
Arthur, I am floored! I had no idea you were a writer. I have begun the book and am having trouble putting it down. Just incredible work. Thank you so much for the wonderful gift. And please tell that little one of yours I said hi. If I can rearrange my schedule, Iíll try to thank you in person during your Houston tour stop. Sincerely, Dino-G.
from Paul Howat
September 17th 2004
Arthur, I very much enjoyed your book. However, there is a small error on page 116. Ferrell refers to an old woman in his nursing home staring at the telly in 1954. TV didn't come to Australia until 1956. Sorry to be so picky but it did sort of leap out at me. Otherwise, congratulations on an excellent novel.
from Joan Knoettner
September 14th 2004
Hello Arthur: I have been hoping to meet up with you for quite some time. I read (and loved) Prague, and in fact purchased three, or perhaps four copies for my grandchildren, hoping to have them signed when book #2 was released and could add it as well. Other than FL, will you be coming to Hilton Head area and/or anywhere in SC. Otherwise, I may be able to send books I have off to wherever you will be appearing. Hope Egyptologist is as big a success as Prague. Best Wishes, Joan
from Art Barr
September 14th 2004
I am reading the book and enjoying it. This looks like a second great book. Good luck.
from Rob Wilson
September 13th 2004
September 9th 2004
I recently purchased your book. I loved the cover picture. I am not sure about the content of the book since I have just started reading. I will email my comments on the story when I finish reading.
September 3rd 2004
I have loved both of your books and find it refreshing that you write with such a brilliance that doesn't need to be dumbed down to appeal to a large audience! That you can be on the bestseller list with your expansive vocabulary positively makes me gleam with delight! Keep writing, Arthur, and I will devour each text with spirit and joy!
from Stella Malina
August 25th 2004
Arthur, Loved it! Just finished last night and thoroughly enjoyed it - the cast of characters, the journey, the intricate details and most of all the humor. This topic genre has a tendency to be a bit cut and dry but you've take it to a new level - Bravo. Through my search for the more radical / less cut and dry approach I have also signed up for an Egyptology Symposium with John Anthony West et al. at Emerson Place in NY - nice to see a re-surgence in interest. Keep up the fantastic work!!
from Lisa Goren
August 24th 2004
Can't wait until it's available to the general public! Good luck! Lisa
from Karen Allen
July 8th 2004
I am about half way through and getting lots of smiles and curiosity about what will happen. Nice job. Karen