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The Egyptian Sinuhe egyptil inen 1 2 , Mika WaltariThe Egyptian is a historical novel by Mika Waltari It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949, apparently from Swedish rather than Finnish So far, it is the only Finnish novel to be adapted into a Hollywood film, which it was, in 1954 The Egyptian is the first and the most successful, of Waltari s great historical novels It is set in Ancient Egypt, mostly during the reign of P The Egyptian Sinuhe egyptil inen 1 2 , Mika WaltariThe Egyptian is a historical novel by Mika Waltari It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949, apparently from Swedish rather than Finnish So far, it is the only Finnish novel to be adapted into a Hollywood film, which it was, in 1954 The Egyptian is the first and the most successful, of Waltari s great historical novels It is set in Ancient Egypt, mostly during the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten of the 18th Dynasty, whom some have claimed to be the first monotheistic ruler in the world 1998 1366 1387 2019541351 1334 Sinuhe egyptil inen Sinuhe der Agypter Sinuhe the Egyptian, Mika Waltari The Egyptian Sinuhe egyptil inen, Sinuhe the Egyptian is a historical novel by Mika Waltari It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949, apparently from Swedish rather than Finnish So far, it is the only Finnish novel to be adapted into a Hollywood film, which it was, in 1954 The protagonist of the novel is the fictional character Sinuhe, the royal phy Sinuhe egyptil inen Sinuhe der Agypter Sinuhe the Egyptian, Mika Waltari The Egyptian Sinuhe egyptil inen, Sinuhe the Egyptian is a historical novel by Mika Waltari It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949, apparently from Swedish rather than Finnish So far, it is the only Finnish novel to be adapted into a Hollywood film, which it was, in 1954 The protagonist of the novel is the fictional character Sinuhe, the royal physician, who tells the story in exile after Akhenaten s fall and death Apart from incidents in Egypt, the novel charts Sinuhe s travels in then Egyptian dominated Syria Levant , in Mitanni, Babylon, Minoan Crete, and among the Hittites 1998 1369 642 1370 642 1377 1379 1381 1385 1386 1388 642 9789646092187 1395 9789642895878 9789642895847 9789642895854 20 1366 629 13871334 1351 One of the most powerful historical novels I ve ever read The most captivating the panorama of the ancient Egypt in literature. A Captivating Tale If you enjoy reading about Egypt during the 14th century, you should find this a fascinating read For the most part I found it quite captivating and was totally immersed in the story, especially the bond developing between the main character Sinuhe and his slave Kaptah Their story alone is well worth the read I did find some parts repetitive and lengthy which was to some extent disappointing But overall it was extremely well written with several strong characters throughou A Captivating Tale If you enjoy reading about Egypt during the 14th century, you should find this a fascinating read For the most part I found it quite captivating and was totally immersed in the story, especially the bond developing between the main character Sinuhe and his slave Kaptah Their story alone is well worth the read I did find some parts repetitive and lengthy which was to some extent disappointing But overall it was extremely well written with several strong characters throughout the book This must be my 5th go round on this book, I re read it every so often, because I really do consider it to be a classic It was considered almost obscene in it s day, because of the subject matters that were delt with But it is rather tame for today I first read it and found it quite shocking many years ago, but I have a fascination with Egyptian history and I just could not put it down.I was made into a movie sometime in the 50 s or 60 s I belive and many things were glossed over but it still This must be my 5th go round on this book, I re read it every so often, because I really do consider it to be a classic It was considered almost obscene in it s day, because of the subject matters that were delt with But it is rather tame for today I first read it and found it quite shocking many years ago, but I have a fascination with Egyptian history and I just could not put it down.I was made into a movie sometime in the 50 s or 60 s I belive and many things were glossed over but it still was pretty racey The epic tale is filled with the grandure of ancient Egypt and the carnal life that was prevalent at the tome of the Pharoahs, so it really exposes some of the rawness of the worse of human nature, and obsession.But it also deals with intense love and forgiveness, in somecases undeserved A very powerful look into the best and the ABSOLUTE worst behavior, and morals of a decaying society that once ruled the entire world Took me a while to finish, but it was totally worth it.Unique style Beautiful language Strong characters. |Read ☱ The Egyptian ♻ The only Finnish novel adopted into a Hollywood film Mika Waltari snovel The Egyptian was turned into a DeLuxe Color epic film by th Century Fox inand was nominated for an academy award a year later A sBestseller and a Historic Novel All Time Favorite A historic novel all time favorite, after its translation in English from Swedish, The Egyptian topped the bestseller charts inand the years following The protagonist of the novel is the fictional character Sinuhe, the royal physician, who tells the story in exile after Akhenaten s fall and death Apart from incidents in Egypt, the novel charts Sinuhe s travels in then Egyptian dominated Syria, in Mitanni, Babylon, Minoan Crete, Mitanni, and among the HittitesThe main character of the novel is named after a character in an ancient Egyptian text commonly known as The Story of Sinuhe The original story dates to a time long before that of Akhenaten texts are known from as early as the th DynastyMuch concerned about the historical accuracy of his detailed description of ancient Egyptian life forced the author to carry out considerable research into the subject The result has been praised not only by readers but also by EgyptologistsWaltari had long been interested in Akhenaten and wrote a play about him which was staged in Helsinki inWorld War II provided the final impulse for exploring the subject in a novel which, although depicting events that took place over , years ago A remarkable historical novel set in ancient Egypt mainly during the reign of the pharaoh Akhenaton, who tried to bring monotheistic worship of Aton to Egypt His reign was marked by internal conflict and he and his descendants in the 18th dynasty were later denounced by Horemheb, and their names were erased in the Egyptian records The worship of Aton is speculated to be a precursor of Judaism.The book is in the form of autobiography of Sinuhe a physician who rises to become an advisor and frie A remarkable historical novel set in ancient Egypt mainly during the reign of the pharaoh Akhenaton, who tried to bring monotheistic worship of Aton to Egypt His reign was marked by internal conflict and he and his descendants in the 18th dynasty were later denounced by Horemheb, and their names were erased in the Egyptian records The worship of Aton is speculated to be a precursor of Judaism.The book is in the form of autobiography of Sinuhe a physician who rises to become an advisor and friend of pharaohs and kings His travels take him from Egypt to Syria, Babylon, Mitanni, Hattusa and Crete at the end of Minoan civilization Albeit set in the 14th century Egypt, the travels of Sinuhe paint a timeless human story in all its foibles and follies It reveals the brutal reality of human civilization where ultimately the strong oppress the weak and it is the poor who always suffer.Akhenaton is portrayed as a utopian dreamer and visionary who is completely out of touch with the reality All his best intentions lead to death and disaster Sinuhe isn t exactly a very likable character He often comes off as cowardly, self centred and arrogant, but also as one who tries to do good but only at the price of losing everything.The novel is thoroughly researched and historically accurate for its time There are some inaccuracies, like Tutankhamen was the son of Akhenaton and Rameses was not the son of Horemheb, but I m guessing these weren t known at the time the book was written This book is quite good It s long and dense and requires a little effort to read, but because it s longer, you feelinvolved with the main character The story is about a really interesting era in Egyptian history that most don t focus on, and I think I learned quite a lot from it I am interested in Mika s other books now The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, translated by Naomi Walford, was an international best seller in the 1940s The novel immerses the reader in the life and times of ancient Egypt during the reign of the rebel pharaoh Akhnaton The story unfolds in the first person narrative of Sinuhe, the personal physician to Akhnaton.Born under mysterious circumstances, Sinuhe is adopted by a couple who shower him with love and support His success as a student enables him to work his way up through the many layer The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, translated by Naomi Walford, was an international best seller in the 1940s The novel immerses the reader in the life and times of ancient Egypt during the reign of the rebel pharaoh Akhnaton The story unfolds in the first person narrative of Sinuhe, the personal physician to Akhnaton.Born under mysterious circumstances, Sinuhe is adopted by a couple who shower him with love and support His success as a student enables him to work his way up through the many layers of hierarchy until he becomes the personal physician to the pharaoh As an intimate of the court and one who is privy to its secrets, he describes in vivid detail the palace intrigues, sexual liaisons, marriages, murders, and shifting political alliances At times, self absorbed, arrogant, and cowardly at times, heroic and generous, Sinuhe emerges as a conflicted soul, gravitating from one extreme to the other He shows compassion by healing the poor and needy without demanding compensation But when embroiled in palace politics, he commits murder and inflicts brutal revenge on his enemies On the one hand, he sympathizes with and tries to propagate Akhnaton s vision of the equality of all human beings under the one god on the other hand, he is convinced of Akhnaton s madness and responsibility for the breakdown of law and order in Egypt and its surrounding empire.Waltari demonstrates his consummate skill as a writer by creating a compelling texture of ancient Egypt His research is impressive Egypt comes alive with its hustle and bustle, pungent odors, opulence, intense heat, noisy streets, graphic violence, wars, exploitation, territorial skirmishes, extremes in poverty and wealth, systemic brutality and oppression, rituals and mythology Waltari s re creation of Crete with its bull dancers and of Babylon in all its ancient splendor are particularly memorable Sinuhe s diction sounds old world appropriate and sustains reader interest with its intricate, vivid details There are many noteworthy phrases peppering the novel, one of which is the amusing reference to a birth in poverty as a birth with dung between your toes The characters are well developed and believable Their behavior is self serving their morality questionable Some forge friendships with Sinuhe Perhaps the most delightful relationship is that of Sinuhe with his one eyed, self aggrandizing slave, Kaptah Kaptah s droll comments, antics, and down to earth perspective ingratiate their way into Sinuhe s heart until Sinuhe grants him his freedom and trusts him to manage his worldly assets Kaptah proves to be loyal to his former master as well as an astute business man He freely confesses to stealing from Sinuhe only what amounts to a reasonable amount Their relationship endures, blossoming into a charming friendship of opposites.The novel is rich in historical details, presenting a panoramic but bleak view of ancient Egypt during the time of Pharaoh Akhnaton It brings to life a turbulent time in Egypt s history, a time plagued with political intrigue and internal conflicts because a pharaoh defied an institutionalized belief system with its powerful infrastructure by insisting on the monotheistic worship of Aton as the one god.Highly recommended as a well researched, immersive, and vibrant work of historical fiction My reviews are also available at www.tamaraaghajaffar.com