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Belzoni Dreams of Egypt
by Jon Clinch
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0692220879, Paperback)Part adventure, part romance, and part tall tale—BELZONI DREAMS OF EGYPT is the “fictional autobiography” of Giovanni Battista Belzoni, a real-life 19th-century explorer, circus performer, and shameless self-promoter. He narrates the story at the end of his life, aboard a ship bound for the coast of Africa and his final, fatal adventure. Belzoni’s voice is bombastic and beautiful, and his narrative is both an unabashed love story and a ripping yarn. Plus, it’s mostly lies. The real-life Belzoni pillaged Egypt while Lord Elgin was pillaging Greece—only a whole lot more colorfully. Born in Padua, raised in Rome, and educated by the Capuchins, he stood nearly seven feet tall and easily found work in England as a circus strongman. His strength and agility, along with his expertise in hydraulics and pyrotechnics, brought him to the attention of of Mohammed ‘Ali, the Pasha of Egypt, and from there it was short work to begin ransacking the Valley of the Kings. BELZONI DREAMS OF EGYPT brings Belzoni back to vivid life, yarning about his exploits in a series of cliff-hangers involving pyramids and catacombs, poison gas and carnival freaks, heartless popes and Napoleon’s army. To say nothing of his loyal companion, the Irish orphan James Curtin, and his one true love, the faithful Sarah Banne Belzoni.
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