Le roman de la momie
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Le roman de la momie

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Pharaon aime Tahoser qui aime Poëri. C'est à son retour d'Ethiopie que Pharaon porte un regard chargé de volupté sur la fille du grand prêtre. Lui qui rentre couvert de gloire, lui qui n'a plus rien à désirer du monde, roi, presque dieu, se sent soudain esclave de la jeune Egyptienne. Mais Tahoser, merveille de beauté et de grâce, se languit d'un jeune homme aux prunelles...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published July 10th 2003 by Librio (first published 1858)
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Czarny Pies
Jun 09, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Des mordus de Gautier
Le roman de la momie est un ouvrage secondaire d'un auteur du deuxième rang. Vous pouvez trouver sans difficultés des meilleurs romans à lire.

À vrai dire, j'aime mieux Gautier comme poète ou auteur des livres de voyage. Une de mes oeuvres de musiques préférées est Les Nuits d'été, un cycle de six mélodies composées par Hector Berlioz sur des poèmes de Théophile Gautier. Je l'écoute au moins une fois par mois.

Orhan Pamuk dans son celebre Istamboul a fortement loué Constantinople de Gautier pour...more
oOSarahOo
Un excellent souvenir de lecture de jeunesse.
Isidore
I read this historical romance in an English translation (1901 Sumichrast) and so presumably missed out on quite a few verbal felicities; but on the whole I suspect I got the gist of the work, and am sorry to say I found it a disappointment.

It starts very well, with a vivid prologue which evokes the wonder and mystery of tomb exploration at the dawn on Egyptology, but once the main narrative gets underway we find ourselves faced with a rather trite, uncomplicated romantic quadrangle involving an...more
Ben
The potential that a work of historical fiction that tells the story of an ancient Egyptian love triangle is far greater than what this book delivers. The last 60 pages pick up and move at a breakneck pace when compared to the first 190, during which a mummy is discovered and the reader is then transported back in time to tell her story. Once back in ancient Egypt, the author proceeds - over roughly 100 pages - to describe pretty much everything that the main character walks by with excruciating...more
Jim
Why is it when anyone writes fiction set in Ancient Egypt, there is so much mummery and, above all so much STUFF? All those flowers and gems and weird cosmetics and ... just ... lots ... of ... STUFF. Perhaps the lovely Tahoser (the heroine) would feel much better if she just ripped into a cheeseburger or scratched herself a little. When a gal needs a lift, sardonyx, bitumen, spikenard, and myrrh just won't do the trick.

The same phenomenon appears in Flaubert's Salammbo , but there the author ha...more
Kay
I wish I understood French well enough to read Gautier in the original, for this dated but rich translation must surely be based on a sumptuous original. His writing exudes that mid 19th-century refinement summed up in the phrase belles lettres. Most of his work that I've read centered on exotic cultures, especially Egypt. This was the time of the French conquest of Egypt, and here Gautier rhapsodizes about about a romanticized ancient Egypt. It's memorable not so much for what he says, but how...more
Fa Amero
Wonderful story, I love a lot the literature of this times ( like Victor Hugo and Theophile Gautier). When he describes the places, like Tahosers house, I started getting bored, but in general it was cool.
Mathieu
Un roman qui m'a laissé un très bon souvenir. Dans la plus pure veine descriptive, il y a certes quelques longueurs, mais on "voit" littéralement ce qu'il écrit.

Partant de la découverte d'une momie, Théophile Gauthier retrace le récit de celle-ci et nous plonge dans le passé. Je ne sais plus si on nous explique comment on connaît l'histoire (par un papyrus ?), ou si il se sert de la momie comme prétexte pour raconter... Je penche pour la deuxième option, mais je ne me souviens pas.
Fernanda
It's always interesting to read a book about Egypt written in the 19th century and learn how much or how little people care for true/detailed archaeological investigation. Nevertheless, the story of Tahoser and her many adventures in search of love interesting to follow.
A great book to read if you happen to be passionate about Egypt.
Nadine
En effet, il y a quelques longueurs. Bizarrement, l'histoire se deroule sur plusieurs plans, dont un plan historique qui arrive quand meme un peu comme un cheveu sur la soupe. Malgré tout, les descriptions, bien que parfois longuettes, permettent une bonne visualisation et franchement c'est magnifique.
Uvindex
Descripciones exhaustivas demasiado extensas para un libro de 255 páginas. Historia "irregular", si es que se puede mencionar que existe alguna aquí... es un total desorden este libro.
Cornélia
Ok I read this book in primary school so I don't remember it properly. but I still know that I found the story brilliant and highly entertaining!
Siria
Excellent! ...if you're looking for a non-addictive soporific. Or, of course, if you're studying it for the XIXth century context.
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