The Egyptian: A Novel Paperback – Apr 1 2002
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The spine of the novel concerns the ferocious contention between Aton and the Ammon. Pharoach Akhenaten sought to disestablish the old gods with a relatively unknown deity called the Aton as the Ammon, the present godly sponsor, had accumulated so much wealth and power that the Ammon priests began to rival to that of the Pharoach. In order to achieve balance of power between Ammon and the throne, Akhenaten deposed the ancient gods and established Aton as a new state divinity. No sooner had Akhenaten adopted the new deity than Sinuhe ineluctably became entangled in conflict between tradition and innovation.Read more ›
I found the story telling captivating and humour embedded in especially Kaptah's long monoloques in a dialoque with Sinuhe were hilarious. Yet this story has a lot of philosophical pondering which always fits the storyline and doesn't seem separate from the story. Hence a combination of things that make one stop to think and digest every once in a while and the entertaining and uplifting humour and tragicomedy. Simplicity and complexity of characters, cunning manipulation and clever psychology all coats the story with even more interesting aspects not to mention the adventure Sinuhe and Kaptah go through.Read more ›
The author allows us to see the wold through the eyes of a young man, Sinuhe, who, following in the footsteps of his physician father decides to dedicate his life to furthering his knowledge and become the best physician for both the rich and the poor....
Having a very limited 'social' exposure the the wealthy our hero meets a young nymph, so beautifull and alluring she may as well have been Nefertiti herself. The reader practically squeams in anguish as we see the young Sinhue sell anything and everything, including his own parents burial tomb in order to spend even one night alone with this girl. To say that things go badly would be an understatement and so we see our hero forced to flee his homeland in search for knowledge ....
The interesting thing about this book is that we get to see the times through the eyes of a commoner rather than thruogh the eyes of the more obvious royalty of Cleopatra, King Tut or Nefertiti ..... As a reader I did find the story frustrating in that one would almost want to scream out ... no no no no you idiot, can't you see that you are being used .... but I guess thats the whole point of reading a book that allows the reader to get involved ....
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I read this years ago - about 46 or so (when I was 15 and should have been studying for my exams ...)
I still remember it today as one of my favorite books. Read more
I just read all the other reviews and don't have anything to add. I am just so happy to have found this book and this writer. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2007 by John R. Bolton
Every time I've read this book I've enjoyed it. I know this book was scandalous when it was first released and banned in a few places for its raciness but I've never found the... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Sarah Sammis
I first read The Egyptian when I was 14 and just beginning to understand the beauty of more complex books. Read morePublished on June 6 2004
After comparing this book with two non-english translations, it is obvious that this is an abridged version of the novel. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Amazon Customer
To say that the author made History come alive in this novel would be a huge understatement. This is a life changing book, with many life lessons. Read morePublished on March 10 2004
In this epic novel, Mika Waltari traces a portion of Egyptian history through the eyes of Sinuhe, the physician to the Pharaoh Akhnaton. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004