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Truth is the Soul of the Sun - A Biographical Novel of Hatshepsut-Maatkare by [Pita, Maria Isabel]
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Truth is the Soul of the Sun, Maria Isabel Pita's historical novel about Hatshepsut, follows her subject from childhood to twenty years of ruling as Pharaoh Hatshepsut-Maatkare and includes a cast of hundreds along the way. In less adept hands, such a profusion of detail would almost certainly prove deadly (several highly publicized historical fiction tomes of the last few years come to mind), but Pita has a consummate storyteller's skill for pacing and as a result, this long novel is an absorbing reading experience. It's a tribute to Pita's skills that Hatshepsut herself ends up towering over all other characters in this novel. The decision to follow her through every trial over years bears fruit. Readers will close the book feeling they've known this remarkable woman. Highly recommended. --Steve Donaghue for The Historical Novel Society

About the Author

Maria Isabel Pita was born in Havana, Cuba, but grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. Reading, writing and history have been her abiding passions ever since she can remember. In college she majored in World History and minored in English Literature and Cultural Anthropology. Since then she has traveled extensively and authored critically acclaimed paranormal, contemporary and historical romances in addition to the historical epic Truth is the Soul of the Sun-A Biographical Novel of Hatshepsut-Maatkare and the best-selling Kindle Single A Concise Guide to Ancient Egypt's Magic and Religion. Her dream-related articles have been published in the Lucid Dream Exchange, in which she was also interviewed by Robert Waggoner. Her Blog:

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  • File Size: 2196 KB
  • Print Length: 564 pages
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2009
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  • Language: English
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
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Maria Isabel Pita has accomplished a true feat in her book TRUTH IS THE SOUL OF THE SUN (the name of the book is a translation of Hatshepsut-Maatkare's name) - a book of obviously demanding research coupled with a degree of fictionalized spaces where more is not known, 'more' in this case being the sensual side of the queen who history has proven to be the most powerful female ever known. Pita takes 550 pages to tell her story: reading this book takes a big commitment of time. Not that Pita does not write well (she in fact writes with a fine sense of flow of thoughts along with her careful documentation of facts), but the story is about Egypt and requires so many names of persons and gods and ideas that keeping the story straight is, at times, problematic.

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
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An extraordinary biographical novel of Egypt's great (and much maligned and misunderstood) Queen Hatshepsut. It provides a unique, in-depth and thoroughly believable portrait of the great female Pharaoh: a woman who, while wielding absolute political power, was at the same time emotionally and philosophically developed and therefore capable of conceiving the enlightened architectural and artistic masterpieces that distinguished her long reign ... all the while glorying in and never losing sight of her own intense femininity.

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.
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This is an intriguing and remarkable book. The opening chapters follow the growing awareness of the child Hatshepsut, from earliest memories through childhood education through her gradual assumption of exceptional political power. The story also serves as a kind of exploration of fundamental concepts of Egyptian religious and civilizational philosophy. Some of that is made explicit and some implied, so there is an interesting experience for the reader in interpreting the Egyptian world view from the words and clues offered especially in the earlier parts of the book. You see the world of Egypt as Hatshepsut sees it, and that world assembles for you as Hatshepsut's mind puts it together in her own perspective. Put another way, you are learning about the Egyptian world as Hatshepsut does. The novel is about the inner life of its subject, and although it is written in the third person it is Hatshepsut's mind that is the real narrator.

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.
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Historical objectivity and sensuality of expression interweave across the entire span of "Truth is the Soul of the Sun", Maria Isabel Pita's new biographical novel of Hatshepsut, arguably the most powerful woman of all time. We can tell that Pita worked tirelessly and with the same level of passion with which she communicates human emotion in her erotic literature to construe how a woman was able to break the long line of male kings and wear the double crown of the Two Lands as Maatkare, hence the title.

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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