The complete 550 page epic historical novel covering the entire life of Hatshepsut, the ancient Egyptian queen who was crowned king and for more than twenty years ruled on the Horus Throne of the Living as the Female Falcon, Maatkare. The name she chose for herself can be read as Maat is the Ka of Re, which translated means The True and Beautiful Manifestation of the Sun's Divine Life-force. A more poetic but still accurate rendition is Truth is the Soul of the Sun.
Before becoming Pharaoh, Hatshepsut served as God's Wife of Amun, an important economic and spiritual office created by her grandfather that holds the key to her mysterious and unprecedented power. Maatkare was not only a charismatic political leader, she was a mystic who inspired the wholehearted devotion of brilliant men. One of them was Senmut, a commoner she elevated to unparalleled heights of authority. But her most influential advocate was Hapuseneb, the High Priest of Amun and the Governor of the South. Hapuseneb served under three pharaohs and yet only Maatkare is represented in his tomb.
Hatshepsut's life is a passionate story of love-for her beliefs, her country and two of its most fascinating men. Rich in sensual and meticulously researched detail, Truth Is the Soul of the Sun is a uniquely compelling biographical novel that includes a reference section and more than one-hundred footnotes
©2009 Maria Isabel Pita (P)2012 Maria Isabel Pita
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I thought this treatment hovered somewhere between fact and fiction. The author has clearly done a phenomenal amount of research, but not all of it needed to go into the book. The story might have flowed a little faster and more freely with some judicious editing. It was nevertheless a fascinating study, spoiled for me by the narration, which was flat and featureless, abounding in weird pronunciations.
"The reader makes the audio book"
I was looking forward to this story, but after a half hour of the narrator, I put the story down I will never enjoy this fictional story of Hatsheput because the reader was so poor. Not sorry that I bought the book, just sorry that I can't bear to listen to more than 15 min of the narrator.
"I really tried to like it"
The narration just kills the story for me. The writing is repetitive and trite. I am not sure I am going to make it through the entire book. I love Egyptology and am familiar with the historical figure of Hatshepsut. This story made me care less about the character instead if more.
It moved far too slowly, is repetitive and poorly written.
The audio quality was poor overall. There were several common words that were mispronounced and it was very distracting.
Hatshepsut is a compelling historical figure.
I am going to try to stick it out through the rest of the book. I am seven hours in so far. If I can make it through the rest, I will give a more complete review.
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