Child of the Morning
Thirty-five centuries ago the sun had a daughter: Hatshepsut. Youngest daughter of the Pharaoh, she was a lithe and magical child. But when her older sister died, it became her duty to purify the dynasty’s bloodline. She was to wed Thothmes, her father’s illegitimate son, who was heir to the... show more
Thirty-five centuries ago the sun had a daughter: Hatshepsut. Youngest daughter of the Pharaoh, she was a lithe and magical child. But when her older sister died, it became her duty to purify the dynasty’s bloodline. She was to wed Thothmes, her father’s illegitimate son, who was heir to the throne. But fearing his son’s incompetence, Hatshepsut’s father came to her with startling news. She was to be Pharaoh, ruler of the greatest empire the world had ever known--provided, of course, that the unprecedented ascension by a woman did not inspire the priests to treason or instill in her half-brother and future consort sufficient hatred to have her put to death. This is the premise for Child of the Morning, based closely on the historical facts. Hatshepsut assumed the throne at the age of fifteen and ruled brilliantly for more than two decades. Her achievements were immortalized on the walls of her magnificent temple at Deir el-Bahri, built by her architect and lover, Senmut. Sensuous and evocative, Child of the Morning is the story of one of history’s most remarkable women.
Publish date: April 1st 2010
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, African Literature
, Egyptian Literature
This was an interesting look into the life of Hatshepsut. I enjoyed the read. It was quick and easy. It took me about eight hours to get through this book. Hatshepsut was a queen was who dared to proclaim herself Pharoah. She dreamed of a peaceful Egypt, and she was determined to bring prosperity to...
I loved this book from when I first discovered it in my teens. It's a novel of Hatshepsut, the only woman to ever reign as Pharaoh, and it's vivid and lush without ever being purple, conjuring up a distant land that was as, the forward notes, as ancient to the Caesars as they are to us--she ruled 3,...
I found this novel difficult to judge. It is 2.5 stars for me. Something felt missing from the book and I could not quite put my finger on it. The characters felt as though they were at a distance, I never felt a full grasp of them or cared very much for them. The shifting viewpoints took away from ...
Time for a re-read. One of my favourites when it first came out in the 70's. And Egypt has much been on my mind these days. And this look at the life of Hatshepsut has held up very well over the years, with the writing remaining as fresh and new as when I first read it. Still the best of the various...
Porque no toda la historia de Egipto gira en torno a Cleopatra... Una novela preciosa, magníficamente ambientada y que os hará mirar ese lugar tan lejano con otros ojos. Reseña completa en http://www.book-eater.net/2010/10/la-dama-del-nilo-de-pauline-gedge.html