- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
- Audible.com Release Date: July 7, 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0002P08ZU
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Sinuhe is a loner and a wanderer, whose self-imposed exile from his native country takes him to Syria, the ancient Hittite kingdom of Hatti, and Crete, before finally returning to Egypt, at the same time that Akhenaton attempts to overthrow the reigning god Ammon and his priests, and install his own vision, Aton, the one and eternal god, in Ammon's place. As a political move, trimming Ammon's power in Egypt may have been a wise idea; the priests' power had grown so great that it was challenging that of pharaoh himself. But as a religious experiment it was a disaster, especially in a country as rigidly conservative as ancient Egypt where change of any kind was anathema. We see Akhenaton as a visionary out of touch with reality and with his people, a tragic figure doomed to failure. And we share Sinuhe's ambivalence about this enigmatic figure, intrigued by pharaoh's vision of one just god who brings equality to all mankind, but repelled by the spreading social chaos this vision brings with it, especially when it threatens his own security and the lives of those he loves.Read more ›
Mika Waltari was a prolific and versatile writer whose historical fiction, of which The Egyptian is the premiere and defining opus, treats the great turning points of world history with a voice and perspective that bring to mind the sweep of a James Michener, the gently ironic familiarity of a Mark Twain, and the authorial presence of a William Faulkner.
The Egyptian ostensibly relates the autobiography of Sinuhe, a baby boy found in a basket among bullrushes who rises to become a doctor and advisor to pharaohs, during the coming of age and regency of the pharaoh Ekhnaton, who attempted to overturn established religions and replace them with a new one worshiping a new god. (Waltari contrives to make this element of the plot vaguely suggestive of the birth of Christianity more than a millennium later.) Through his travails and his travels, Sinuhe meets people of all stations of life in many areas of Egypt and its neighboring countries, informing us on many details both grand and minute of ancient Egyptian life and history.
But the true genius of The Egyptian is that it is really not about Egypt or ancient times at all.Read more ›
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 ›
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This book is one of the best page-turner bildungsromans I have ever read!Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book when I was younger and in one of those moments of reflection I remembered how much I enjoyed it so I bought it again and my enjoyment of this fine novel has waned... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Akil
This is a review of the Kindle edition of the book. The story evidenced extensive research into the life and times of ancient Egypt. Read morePublished 15 days ago by R. DeSisto
I've had this on VHS for years and essentially wore out the tape. The transfer is good, but no where near the $70 price tag. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Astute Critic
This book came highly recommended to me, and I enjoyed it very much.
The story of an Egyptian physician at an interesting time in history. Read more
I'm a huge fan of Egyptian history and mythology, so of course I bought this book when I found it at Unclaimed Baggage, but I soon learned that was a mistake. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolina West