“I'm not going to give a synopsis of the book because this book has been around for ages. I'm glad I finally broke down and read it. First, it is considered a classic. Secondly, it is the first Scandinavian literature I've read.
There are some very good things about the book. There is a tremendous amount of detail about medical practices, which the ancient Egyptians are recognized for, in the work. It is also the first book focused on ancient Egypt that mentions so many of the other existing cultures and surrounding, competing kingdoms.
I have to admit I didn't love the book. I felt like I was reading an abridged version or my translation was not up to par. I have read so many praises of the book pointing to bringing life to characters like Tut and Nefertiti. My version only mentions them. It doesn't build those characters. With the version I read, if you didn't have a foundation of Egyptian history the reader could get lost in the customs, rituals, and pantheon of Egyptian mythology. It also seemed to move very slowly. But, most importantly, I was really frustrated with the main character Sinhue.
Would I recommend reading it? It depends. If you have a handle of Egyptian history and feel the need to add the book to your list of reads go ahead. However, I would recommend doing a bit of research to identify the best version to read though. ”