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But for those who love Egyptian history this biographical novel is a treasure trove. Not only does Pita give us the strangely startling emergence of Hatshepsut to the place of royalty and eventually the role of the Female Falcon who ruled Egypt as one as closely tied to divinity as any of her predecessors or subsequent rulers, but she also is able to fashion a rather incredible picture of a woman who was adored on many levels - including the compete allegiance of the men of Egypt. There are sufficient forays into her sensual side to satisfy the reader who prefers 'doctored historical fiction', but the achievement here is a work that pulls together the fragments of knowledge about a phenomenal queen into one significant survey. The book many be a bit too long and demanding for the casual reader, but for those who relish a good story about an important historical figure from ancient Egypt, this is a good read. Grady Harp, November 09
TRUTH IS THE SOUL OF THE SUN (a literal translation of the Queen's throne name, Maat-ka-Re) is also, to the best of my knowledge, the only novel that captures within a single volume what must have been the reality of daily life in ancient Egypt - from royalty to peasantry.
It is all there and in three dimensions .. the divinity-driven, Nile-blessed land in all its magical, hierarchical complexity, its profound sacred science, pervasive religious reverence, its exotic unparalleled material luxury, its relentless heat, its obsession with artistic perfection and its enviable ability to unabashedly celebrate the erotic ... without for a moment losing sight of the underlying 'esoteric' that fuels it.
TRUTH IS THE SOUL OF THE SUN is an exhilarating literary immersion course that captures ancient Egypt in its entirety, the only novel I know of that even gets close.
On one level, this is a spiritual, intellectual and political adventure story, about how Hatshepsut unexpectedly became possibly the most powerful head-of-state of her time. On another level, the novel is a work of anthropological fiction, in which the invented details of the story are used to describe the culture of ancient Egypt. That culture is rich (in all senses of the term), complex and subtle, and the author handles its exposition skillfully. This is not a "snapshot" of ancient Egypt, but rather a richly-formed evocation of what is for all of us an alternate universe, complete with details of landscape and material culture, a complex economy and a distinct way of life, in a lost world and a distant civilization.
I found myself taking a leisurely time reading this novel, because I enjoyed lingering over and rereading so much of it.Read more ›
The queen who would be king might be the main official character, but it is Maat, the spirit of beauty and order, a transcendent creative power breathing life, the true catalyst for the author's inspiration. With her magnificent and prolific use of imagery, Maria Isabel Pita evokes a parallel metaphysical world, heightening our senses as we turn every page and imbue ourselves in the realm of beauty and spirituality of 18th dynasty Egypt.
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Culturally and spiritually I received so much from this book. I definitely recommend it to others.Published 15 months ago by Embahra Maat
Very interesting. The relationships between Maatkare and her close circle of advisors is enlightening. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Christine Desena
I was aware I was getting a somewhat fictional historical biography when I purchased this CD. My plan was to listen while I drove to and from work. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Shelli Fielding Levac
I adore Hatshepsut, so I'm always excited to find novels about her. This was not a happy find. The author seems more interested in showing off her knowledge than in creating a... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by K. A. Sanders
The book is an accurate rendering of Hathshepsut's life but the rendering is without tension almost like a history instead of a novel. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Pat Savu
In Truth is the Soul of the Sun, Maria Pita has accomplished something many authors try -- and fail -- to do. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Kate K
This book is a fulfilling, beautiful experience.
I went to sunny ancient Egypt while I read.
I love this writer!
I approached this book with an open mind as I'm certainly what you'd call an ancient Egypt junkie and have always been fascinated with the story of Hatshepsut. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by Shadowrider
Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh of Egypt, lived 3500 years ago in a society very different from the modern world. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by Theresa Welsh
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