Wednesday, June 12, 2013

riddle of the labyrinth

What had the residents of this ancient culture written about? How had they lived? And perhaps most evocative: Was it humanly possible to decipher an unknown script in an unknown language?

That last question drives Fox's narrative and makes her book a thrill even for people who know or care little about ancient Mediterranean culture. "The Riddle of the Labyrinth" is, above all, an exploration of the limits of the human mind. It's a tale of obsession and endurance and the high price that sometimes must be paid for forging into new territory -- even if that territory is intellectual rather than physical.