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The Winged Pharaoh (Far Memory)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The astonishing Joan Grant became aware as a child of her uncanny gift of "far memory," an ability to recall in detail previous incarnations, both male and female, in other centuries and lands. Her seven historical novels have been highly praised for their extraordinary vividness and lavish detail, and are in fact the author's memories of her earlier lives. Meet the bold w ...more
Published 1974 by Sphere Books Limited (first published 1938)
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This book was recommended to me, because of the dreaming elements, and probably not the sort of book I'd normally read. It's difficult to review this book in one way, because you really need to look at it in two lights. On the one hand, you have an Edwardian England-era novel about a romantic, metaphysical 1st Dynasty Egypt, in which the ruling class was extremely wise, poetic, and spiritually adept. On the other hand, you have the story of one of the author's past lives, which recounts many "au ...more
Vicki Cline
This book was almost a fantasy, describing a perfect ancient Egypt, where Pharaoh is wise and kind and wants only the welfare of his people. Also, certain people are able to be trained to be clairvoyant, in order to see dangers for Egypt. This is the story of one of those people, Sekeeta, from her time as a spirit before being born to the current Pharaoh, through her idyllic childhood, followed by her training as a seer, to her marriage to her brother, ending in her death and return to the spiri ...more
Patrick Niemeyer
I suggested this for my book club because I figured we should try something out of left field. I think this fits the bill. It's beautifully written, albeit a bit dry in places. The whole thing has this stately, formal feel to it, much like the Bible. So it took me a little while to warm up to it. But somewhere around the halfway mark (about when Sekeeta enters the temple and starts having visions), everything slid into place. This is not historical fiction, but rather a supposedly nonfiction acc ...more
A really remarkable book, not for the story-line but simply for the wisdom it tells of within it's pages. This is the story of Sekeeta, child of the Pharaoh in 1st Dynasty Egypt (called Kam) who herself becomes joint Pharaoh. This is her story from birth to death, taking you through her childhood and into the Temple for training to become a Winged Pharaoh. How she fares as Pharaoh as well as a person. A vivid account of life as seen through the eyes and heart of one living there. After reading t ...more
Robbie Bruens
Finally it's over. This book was chosen by the book club I used to be a part of before I went abroad. It was picked on the basis of a DailyKos article about so-bad-they-are-good books, though the article said the book was actually good (so the article's writer contradicted his own stated purpose, the first red flag that this book might not be so worthwhile). The book is neither good, nor so-bad-it's-good, nor nearly as interesting as you might think considering the woman who wrote it truly belie ...more
Miz Lizzie
Joan Grant wrote a number of books that were published as historical novels that she considered to be received memories of some of her past lives. Winged Pharaoh, the first of her "far memory books" was originally published in 1937. It is the story of Sekeeta, a priestess who ceremonially married her brother and co-ruled with him as Pharaoh in the First Dynasty in Egypt. It does read more like an autobiography than a novel. Though there are childhood adventures, epic battles, and even a romance, ...more

Tak mi się spodobał "Faraon", że sięgnąłem sobie zaraz za następną książkę o Egipcie. Nie jestem pewien, czy akurat dobrą sobie wybrałem, bo jest miejscami mocno nużąca. Opowiada całe życie Sekity, córki faraona. Od oglądania jako dusza świat na który przyjdzie, do momentu wkroczenia do ichniego nieba. Ma pełno dylematów, typu wyjście za mąż za swego brata, urodzenie dziecka rzeźbiarza, wstąpienie do świątyni i takie tam. Różni się od innych powieści tym, że w każdym rozdz
This book is beautifully written, with descriptions that bring the setting to life. The trouble with it is its biographical format, with the tension in the book peaking in the narrator's adolescence. Since she lives to ripe old age, the latter chapters of the book are less compelling. It is perhaps the problem with having a protagonist who gains wisdom too early. There isn't sufficient conflict to keep you emotionally involved, and the new characters added were dealt with rather cursorily, so in ...more
James Norman
The way in which Grant writes is lovely to say the least. Looking at it basically, her writing is very easy to follow, simple clear and concise. That said, she is greatly prone to use animals as metaphysical of Seeketa's development as a character. Personally I think this is clever, particularly with the fact that it offers a rather Darwinian angle to the story, and the rather clever irony, much displayed from the story of the arrogant monkey, that although humans have developed from animals, th ...more
I actually really enjoyed this book as a novel in and of itself (there's some controversy surrounding the author, as the author truly believed this to be a past life memory.) A nice read in the form of an autobiography, it satiated my love of ancient history and mythologies.
Heiða Liljudóttir
I read it in my very early teens/late tweens. The only thing I remember is that I was completely mesmerized, so it must have been a very good yarn :) If I read it again, I'll write another review.
The concept of how she wrote her books sometimes overshadows the story itself. This was a well written and emotionally sensitive book. Sekeeta and her life in the Egyptian court completely enthralled me. She wrote the details with so much depth and meaning even if she had not lived this life before, she gives a great illusion to having lived the life in the court. I reccomend the title to anyone who wants a good character based novel and has ever questioned reincarnation. I love it because it ch ...more
I got this book in like a 1 bin somewhere in berkley about because I liked the cover which was different from this one. It had a pharoh head and some ancient Egypt type hiero-graphics (for lack of knowing how to spell, you get the idea)I stared to read it but the begining was slow. So I stopped and picked it up again aprox 5 years later. Once I got to the middle I liked it. Joan Grant's bio is really interesting she really believed in this book was a book of memories. I wonder how this book was ...more
Very beautiful book! Read it for a book club. I`m looking forward to reading more by this author.
Brandon Kendall
the dream magic of ancient egypt. The author Joan Grant was a very interesting woman who believed she remembered her previous incarnations of other times and her stories were "far memories." fantastic story, very creative.
Craig Herbertson
One of those books which poses the question 'is reincarnation a valid experience?' and unlikely as it may seem, answers 'yes'. Totally convincing portrait all the more so for the mundane detail - also an excellent read.
Great style of writing, good description of world, believes, style of life,hopes, and fears of "Kamu" people.

However there is very little action. So I did not gave 6 but only 5 ;)
Found this on my Gran's shelves while visiting and found it fascinating.
It did read as an autobiography.
Quite enthralling
Historical fiction set in ancient Egypt, embodying many authentic details.
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