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The Etruscan

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Turms, kuolematon on mystinen ja kiehtova etsijän odysseia Välimeren piiristä vuosilta 520-450 ennen Kristuksen syntymää. Paljon nauttinut, paljon kärsinyt Turms kertoo merkillisestä elämästään. Hän syyllistyy nuoruudessaan rikokseen, jota pakenee Delfoin temppeliin ja persialaissotien meritaisteluihin. Lopulta hän päätyy isiensä kotiin, etruskien kauniiseen maahan, jonka ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Abridged version., 310 pages
Published 1959 by Cardinal (first published 1955)
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Martin Švéda
May 01, 2014 Martin Švéda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, i like it, but I dislike the character of Arsinoe. I was hoping all the time, that Turms would get rid of her...
Daina Valeine
Jan 24, 2015 Daina Valeine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lasīju, nekā nesapratu, turpināju lasīt, un atkal nekā nesapratu, pabeidzu lasīt - un joprojām nekā nesapratu :) Tomēr grāmatas pasaule ir valdzinoša un stāstījums - aizraujošs. Cilvēces vēsture, tik sena un tomēr tik tuva... Ik cilvēks dzīvo savās ilgās, meklējumos un sapņos, vai tagadējos laikos, vai pirms divtūkstoš gadiem - tomēr nekas pasaulē nemainās. Klīst tikai viņš - Turms, nemirstīgais.
Zuzanna
I'm not really sure what to think about this book. Don't get me wrong, I liked it but still it is no Sinuhe, which I absolutely love. Maybe it's fault of the translation I read it in, pretty old and with some errors. It just didn't captivate me as the Egyptian. Maybe some day I'll read it in English translation just to compare...
Susan
Dec 11, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: داریم
این کتاب را با شرایط خاص و وسواس فکری خاص که فقط در یک محل خاص می خواندمش و اصلا خانه نمی آوردمش خواندم.و آن محل خاص هم سه روز در هفته در دسترسم بود.و با وجود این شرایط بهم ثابت شد که اگر آدم منظم بخواند-این منظم خواندن می تواند یک روز خواندن در هفته باشد یا هرروز،فقط این که حتما انجام شود-طولانی ترین کتابها هم تمام می شوند!
درحالت عادی خواندن کتابی نزدیک پانصدصفحه از نوع رمان تاریخی و با شرح طولانی جنگها را شاید یک سال کش می دادم و آخر هم تمامش نمی کردم. ولی با این شیوه بالاخره خوانده شد.
و اما
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The Idle Woman
My comments on this book must be prefaced by two caveats. First, I am reading a translation from the 1950s (by Evelyn Ramsden), which I suspect would benefit from being updated. Second, it seems that this translation has drastically slashed the length of the original novel, resulting in a story that alternately drags and leaps without any real internal logic. It's hard to tell how much of my assessment is based on the unsympathetic editing and how much on the original story, so I wanted to make ...more
Tintinnabula
È stata una lettura fatta di gioie e dolori. Il volume è lungo, considerando poi che è scritto in un carattere minuscolo e la traduzione (di questa edizione) antiquata, la sofferenza del mio apparato visivo e del mio cervello era palpabile.
Queste però sono questioni non imputabili a Waltari, e devo dire che ho sempre avuto l'impressione di leggere l'opera di una persona che sapeva il fatto suo, che si era documentata e aveva un grande interesse per il tema. Eppure, era molto evidente che la sto
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Matti Marin
Nov 30, 2015 Matti Marin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luin kirjan puoleen väliin joskus teininä, sitten muut asiat veivät mielenkiinnon. Kirjan alku jäi kuitenkin vaivaamaan minua vuosiksi. Muistin suurin piirtein mitä alussa tapahtui, mutta sitäkin vahvemmin muistan harmonisen kielen ja eksoottiset mielikuvat joita se minussa oli herättänyt. Palasin kirjaan uudelleen muutettuani Barcelonaan, eikä ote tällä kertaa herpaantunut.

Waltari kuljettaa lukijan läpi mahtavien ja eksoottisten maisemien. Kieli on soljuvaa ja maanläheistä siitä huolimatta ett
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Samuli
May 07, 2016 Samuli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tahtomattaan tätä vertasi Sinuheen, jonka olen lukenut sekä lapsena että aikuisena. Paljon on samoja aiheita, vastaavia henkilöitä, outoja retkiä ja kohtalon oikuttelua. Mukaansatempaava tarina, mutta Turms häviää Sinuhelle ehkä siinä, että Sinuhen epäilys ja kohtalo toimivat uskottavammin kuin Turmsin välillä melko esoteerinen kulku pitkin ennusmerkkien polkuja.

Hieno teos ja mielenkiintoinen aihe, mutta häviää lähimmälle vertailukohdalleen yksioikoisempana esityksenä.
Hanna
Ajoittain hyvinkin kiinnostava, mutta vastapainoksi välillä puuduttava ja tietenkin pitkä kuin nälkävuosi. Sen jälkeen, kun kirjan sai loppuun saakka, kokonaisuutena se oli ihan hyvä, mutta jotenkin tuntuu ettei sitä tule kuitenkaan uudestaan luettua (etenkin jos vajaat 700 sivuiseen kirjaan saa uppoamaan pari kuukautta aikaa :P)
بهمن بهمن
کتاب اتروسکان درباره یک نفر به اسم ترمس از اهالی افسوس هست که در جنگ با ایرانیان در سپاه یونان بوده و معبد سیباریس را آتش زده و برای قضاوت الهی به معبد شهر دلفی می آید و خدایان او را بیگناه میدانند. بعد از آن سفرهای مختلفی میکند و کارهای زیادی انجام میدهد ،دزد دریایی میشود و در جنگ اسیر میشود و... در آخر خودش را پیدا میکند و میفهمد که یک نامیراست
Magda
Aug 22, 2012 Magda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I like Waltari's style of writing and I don't want to compere with the Egyptian, I was missing something in this book. The story and main characters are wonderful, but probably I am just simply disappointed with Turms lack of care towards his personal life in the end. However, it is wonderful reading and I definitely recommend it :)
Sandra
Nov 21, 2014 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not as good as the Egyptian Sinouhé. I remember being sometimes bored. The story is interesting, but I always compare with his little brother & get frustrated.
Jan
Jun 26, 2013 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would great book for me if I haven't read Egyptian first....
Gruia
Oct 14, 2016 Gruia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un tur prin lumea mediteraneană antică al lui Turms, un fel de semizeu vagabond. Își folosește puterile pentru a rezolva situații imediate, nu are niciun plan. Se lasa purtat de soartă, degajat, convins fiind că rostul vieții sale este în curs de îndeplinire. Latura umană mai mult îl îngreunează - dorința pentru femei, dragostea pentru copii sunt lucruri de care caută să se îndepărteze. Acestea stau în calea lui către perioada de „nemurire” dintre două reîncarnări, pentru el mult mai interesantă ...more
SethMantel
Nov 27, 2016 SethMantel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the whole thing now, I would say that this is one of those that has to be read to the very end to truly know if it was worth it. Of the three Mika Waltari books I have read, this would be a firm bronze medalist, which is not saying much, since the other two are five-stars. If I were the "sole supplier", or the only one between two conversation partners that has read the book, I would not have as much to say about it as I would about the other two.

Earlier I thought that, given Waltari
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Victor Carson
Another very good book, written in 1956, from Mika Waltari. Although the period of history, roughly the 5th century BCE, is not as significant as the history covered in The Egyptian or The Roman, the book does cover the period of the Persian invasions of Greece, the conflict between the Etruscans and the Romans, and the early rivalry between Carthage and Rome. I like the lead character, a man who does not know his origins and wanders from Ephesus and the other Greek cities to Sicily, and finally ...more
Louisa
Nov 14, 2012 Louisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gabriel
Jul 20, 2012 Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great descriptions of the various ancient cities where the protagonist is wandering with places and people vividly displayed; it is one of those historical-fiction where you actually feel walking along with the characters and don't even realise how the time passes.

The story of Turms is intriguing, adventurous, fast-paced action on some parts and with interior reflection, philosophical themes approached on other parts, but not exaggerated.

The main character has a pronounced characterization; he i
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Janne Paananen
Turms lähtee liikkeelle verkkaiseen tahtiin, kiihtyy mukavasti luettavaksi matkakertomukseksi ja lässähtää kovasti loppua kohden. Parasta antia kirjassa on henkilöhahmojen suuri ristiriitaisuus ja kaksinaamaisuus. Mutta eri valtioiden poliittisen kuviot on kerrottu todella pitkäveteisesti ja miten onkaan Waltari onnistunut tekemään sota- ja taistelukohtauksista näin tylsiä! Parhaimmillaan kirja yltää Sinuhemaiseen aaltoiluun Turmsin onnistumissa/epäonnistumisissa. Vahinko, että hyvä alkuasetelma ...more
Ivaelo Slavov
Jan 01, 2016 Ivaelo Slavov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книга пренасяща ни във времена, които са отдавна минали, и обичаи, които са отдавноча забравени. Проследяваве Турмс похода му към величие и откриването на себе си. Виждаме ясни примери за наивността на религиозните, но и за поквареността на невярващите. През почти цялата книга Турмс не вярва в неговата дарба и уникалност. Но накрая я приема. Показани са нравите не само на различните държави, а и на различните градове. Валтари ме срещна с един от най-отвратителния персонаж, който съм срещал, а то ...more
Luce
Snažila jsem se poslouchat dramatizaci Radioservisu z tohoto roku s Lukášem Hlavicou a Viktorem Preissem v hlavní roli, ale nejsem přítel dramatizací a přespříliš vyšperkovaných nahrávek. Ty všelijaké zvuky a místy dost afektovaný přednes Lukáše Hlavici mi začal časem vadit. Příběh mě taky zrovna nechytil, takže končím po cca třech hodinách poslechu bez zájmu tohle doposlouchat.
Milovníci rozhlasových dramatizací však budou určitě nadšeni. Na jejich gusto je to zpracováno zřejmě výborně.
Dara Megan
Jul 20, 2015 Dara Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tato kniha se mi dostala do rukou ve zpravovani audio. pres pomaly zacatek jsem se zdarne dostala a pote poslech nemel chybu. je to kniha, ktera neni jen tak pro kazdeho, ale kdyz ji doctete (v mem pripade poslechnete) zanecha ve vas stopu.
navic pan preiss viktor jako vypravec byl primo magicky pro me.
Ken Cartisano
Jul 31, 2016 Ken Cartisano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book with unique characters and an especially unusual hero. It starts off oddly, and one wonders what the hell is going on for the first 28 pages. After that, the book takes off and leaves you marveling at the ancient world presented by the author.
Martina
Jan 11, 2014 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No, it is definitely not easy to say which of MW novels is the best, as they score equally well in all aspects. This one, however, might have a half of a point higher ranking because ... I dont know :))) I just love this book! ...more
Denise
This was a book I just could not get into. I finished it but it just never piqued my interest. I think it's just me so give it a read (if you can find it as it's rare and most libraries do NOT have it).
Shaz
Oct 14, 2011 Shaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you can find this author's books, grab them. Most of them are out of print. The exception is "The Egyptian" Mika Waltari recreates ancient lives in a fascinating narrative style. I wish there were more books by this author.
Magdelanye
Apr 09, 2011 Magdelanye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book, which took me by surprise because I never heard of the author at the time, and I was afraid it might be just a potboiler.. But he did such a masterful job of bringing these forgotten people to life that I lived in that world for the while I was reading, and the feeling lingered.
Eszter Bóra
Dec 06, 2015 Eszter Bóra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a historical setting about a human who would like to find his way in the world.
The books world is between reality and magical.
lézengő reader
I was so young when I read it that I remember only some of the characters, but not really what the book was about.
Fedmahn
Feb 03, 2011 Fedmahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got to page 22. It seems like it is going to be a cross between movie "The Man From Earth" and "Time enough for love" by Heinlein, both of which are great food for the brain.
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Mika Toimi Waltari was a Finnish historical novelist, best known for his magnum opus The Egyptian.
Waltari was born in Helsinki and lost his father, a Lutheran pastor, at the age of five. As a boy, he witnessed the Finnish Civil War in Helsinki. Later he enrolled in the University of Helsinki as a theology student, according to his mother's wishes, but soon abandoned theology in favour of philosoph
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