“I first read this book when I was 13 and I found myself hard pressed to put it down. And now several years later I still enjoy this book and find something fascinating with every re-read.”Tina T wrote this review Thursday, July 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel was so rich and so full. It took me some time to get through it. Once it was over, I did feel like I'd been on a real journey through ancient Egypt and so many of it's surrounding lands. I did feel there were some racial discrepencies from this author. Other wise, a perfect 10 for a novel.”S J Foster wrote this review Monday, June 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I couldn't get into it and stopped reading after the first chapter.”Memoona A wrote this review Wednesday, June 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Senut is a doctor in the poor quarter of Thebes. When his wife Kipa finds a boy child floating on the Nile in a basket, they adopt him and name him Sinuhe. They raise Sinuhe with love and encourage him to become a doctor. After completing his training at the House of Life he assist the Pharoah's skull opener and helps the new Pharoah Akhnaton when he becomes ill. They also recieve help from a traveling warrior named Horenheb. From this day forward their lives are intermingled.
Akhnaton believes in one true god named Aton. He spends his life trying to get everyone to follow his beliefs. Aton is a peaceful god that believes all people are created equal.
Sinuhe travels the know world collecting knowledge about medicine and culture. His travels lead to love and loss, fame and fortune.
It's a beautifully written book about a interesting time in history. Been a favorite since I read it in the 70's.”
“I love Etyptian novels, this one is great. Hard to believe it was written in 1949 and banned as obscene! Next year it was a best seller.”Leslie P wrote this review Tuesday, May 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“history lessons.in the matter of fact religion was & (i think) still is a weak point of eastern nation, Karl Gustav Yong says(in brief ) that when human beings cant analize an religious (spiritual) phenomena they call it as a very pure & heavenly, but there is a lot of unknowns beyond a reality...”Elahe.A wrote this review Wednesday, April 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Was interesting enough to keep me going but I wouldn't read it again. However my son and his girlfriend thought it was brilliant.
It did stir my curiosity enough for me to look up some historical facts on the web.”
“The Egyptian is a great historical novel set during the Amarna period of Egyptian history. Waltari (and his translator) wrote the book in a pseudo-antiquated style which fits with the storyline.
The main character, Sinuhe, starts out his life as a young doctor in Egypt. Through a twist of good fortune, he attracts the eye of both the future pharoah Akenaten and a predatory woman. After he thinks he ruins his family for love of the temptress, he goes on a journey throughout the ancient world: Syria, Babylon, Hatti (Turkey) and Crete.
The journey is fabulous and Waltari does a great job of evoking the places and customs of the ancient cultures, but his characterization is somewhat weak. While Sinuhe is judged for asking "why" while training with the priests of Ammon (Amun) to become a doctor, he doesn't seem to have any urge to ask Why when Akenaten ruins Egypt based on his "visions" of Aten. He doesn't seem bothered by the fact that his "friend" pharoah is an imbecilic ruler, and follows him blindly while ruthlessly questioning the hegemony of the Amun priests.
Still, the book was very good and I will certainly be looking for a copy to add to my collection. It merits a second read.”
“I've already read it a few years ago, but I didn't finish it. Now, a friend a mine, borrowed it to me, and I'm having a good time reading it.”Mercedes T wrote this review Friday, February 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No