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  • Series: Rediscovered Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569763240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569763247
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

While Hatshepsut, Egypt's only woman Pharoah, was considered a god, Gedge portrays her as very much a human being in this fine historical tale.
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“Gedge sets her living, breathing Queen against a beautifully detailed Egypt that we see as it must have been so long ago.”  —Publishers Weekly


"The author’s strong sense of time and place is evident in every scene. A superb portrait of a powerful but very human queen."  —Library Journal


"Splendor, splendor everywhere."  —Kirkus Reviews


"A rich pageant, satisfying on more levels than simply that of narrative."  —Wall Street Journal


"Combines ancient artifacts, timeless psychology and sure pacing.”  —Globe and Mail


“This is as fine a novel as anyone would want to read.”  —Columbus Ohio Dispatch



"A compelling and human story without a single dramatic lapse."  —San Francisco Examiner


“Epic accounts of feasts and festivals, and a steady flow of details related to life in ancient Thebes . . . the sunny, sweating world of [Egypt] in filmic splendour.”  — Vancouver Sun


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Pauline Gedge brings ancient Egypt to life!
Lookingpast
If you like shallow story-telling and flat and uninteresting characters, this may be a book for you.
mlou
I highly recommend reading this interesting, historical, book.
Nefret, Egyptologist

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on March 21, 2001
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Child of the Morning is Pauline Gedge's historical fiction account of the life of Pharoah (or Queen depending on your source) Hatshepsut. In this work, Pauline Gedge recreates the world of Pharoah Thothmoses I, specifically the court where his two children a son, Thothmoses II, and a daughter, Hatshepsut, grow up. As we watch these children grow, it becomes clear that Hatshepsut is suited to rule while her brother is not. There is however a problem. Egypt has never had a female Pharoah. Can she be accepted by the military? The People? The Priesthood? and the Nobility? Or would Egypt prefer a male Pharoah who is not fit to be called a god? How will Thothmoses I deal with the issue of succession and how can he assure that his wishes are carried out?
Child of the Morning is a wonderful book of politics, social commentary and wisdom. It is truly an incredible piece of literature as well as an outstanding character study of the main female character, Hatshepsut. I cannot give this book a higher recommendation and I thank Ms. Gedge each day for writing such an amazing work.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Douglas on November 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book almost twenty years ago and have re-read it more times than I count. It is by far my favorite Gedge book. Ms. Gedge brings to stunning life the multi-faceted persona of Hatshepsut, a female monarch who ruled in a man's world with all of the passion and convictions of womankind. The sacrifices this woman endured to bring safety and prosperity to her land are both believable and heartwrenching. If you enjoy reading about ancient Egypt, this book is an absolute must. Ms.Gedge, I have enjoyed all of your writings but this is beyond superb. My interest in this period of history, and subsequentially writing about it, has only intensified over the years because of your own novels...thank you!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nefret, Egyptologist on October 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Child of the Morning is my "second" Pauline Gedge book. Although it does not compare to Lady of the Reeds, one of her best written books ever, Child of the Morning is excellent. It's written about "what could happen in a woman's wildest dreams when she strives to become "Pharaoh of Egypt". The Hatshepsut character itself is somewhat weak, not portraying to her reader all the intricacies & thoughts of a woman. It does, however, show her undeniable strength as a young girl, woman & warrior pharaoh. The chapter where she actually engages in battle with her generals and army of Egypt against the Nubians is the best chapter of the book. Although some of the novel is likely based on some historical fact relative to her and the priest Senmut, no one will ever know the real truth of the relationship. I would have liked to have seen the 2 characters developed more fully. I highly recommend reading this interesting, historical, book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jill Myles on September 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Before picking up "Child of the Morning" I had never read anything by Pauline Gedge. Imagine my surprise running into this on a random surf through Amazon! I had never read anything about Hatshepsut (fictionalized), so I bought this right away.
I think I blew through this book in one sitting -- I simply could NOT put it down! The story starts out when Hat is a small girl, and we get to see how her childhood molded who she was, and how she became a strong enough woman to wrestle control of Egypt for herself. We also get to see inside the mind of Senmut, the we'eb priest she promotes as she ascends to power.
There are so many ways that the author could have gone with this book, because alot of Hat's details are lost to time. She could have made her hate her brother (the Pharaoh), could have made her into a man-hater, etc. I absolutely LOVED the way she planned this book out -- it doesn't disappoint in the slightest. The heroine is so likeable and so very real and complex that you'll feel as if you've always known her.
Pauline Gedge has obviously researched her information to a tee, right down to all the major events of the book (trust me, I researched after reading this to find out what was fact and what was fiction). She manages to weave cold, bland facts into a marvellous storytelling that has instantly catapulted Gedge into being my favorite author. No one else comes close!
I realize I'm being gushy, but when people ask me what book I recommend to them, I always wave my copy of this in their faces. Everyone that takes my advice adores it. Trust me when I say it's that good. I re-read it every year and still cry every time. Trust me when I say you'll be a Pauline Gedge fan for life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paul VINE VOICE on April 7, 2004
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This was the first book that introduced me to the works of Pauline Gedge back when I was a freshman in college in 1980. I have read absolutely everything that Pauline Gedge has written since, and it is all nothing less than incredible. I have also read anything and everything that I could get my hands on that was fiction set in ancient Egypt. Everything else pales by comparison. Gedge, far and away has done impeccable research and has painted the most realistic picture of Ancient Egypt in print. No one writing fiction set in this period before or since can match the lush, gilded with gold and intense colour that one finds in her books. "Child of the Morning", which is about Hatshepsut, is a great read, and a wonderful first novel that established her as a writer. I highly recommend!!
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