7th out of 63 books — 10 voters
Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales
The forces of law and order disturb a district's too-perfect peace at the dawn of Egyptian civilization. A wise and popular pharaoh is betrayed by his own son, and by his dearest friends - then makes a most peculiar decision. A mummy returns to life after three thousand years, to confront the arrogant new race that now rules the land. A favored prince flees to a faraway co...more
Hardcover, 79 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by American University in Cairo Press
(first published October 1st 2002)
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Naguib Mahfouz takes us into ancient Egypt in this book of five stories. Although we are transported into an entirely unfamiliar world Mahfouz has a way of bringing differing worlds together. We meet a mysterious stranger who enters a village to teach virtue and justice, a powerful King with a lesson on forgiveness, a mummy who re-enters the modern world after his tomb is disturbed by a wealthy man, and the tale of two brothers who share a common interest but are separated by decades and false a...more
These short stories offer brief glimpses of their author's emerging talent, but, when these were written, Mahfouz was not yet at his best. While the tales are not without moral value--they function well as modern fables--there are moments when they feel flat. This is not the first book I would recommend to readers interested in Mahfouz. The edition is not well edited: there are a few grammatical errors and typos.
This book is disappointingly short, and contains only four short stories from the renowned Egyptian author. Because it doesn't delve too deeply into Ancient Egyptian society and has little to no material on modern Egypt, I didn't like it as much as I'd thought I would. Still, the stories are of course well-written and quite enjoyable for what they are.
Mmmm... A colection of short stories from Egypt, ancient and modern. Some with a moral message that is still valid today and then a wee bit of classic Mummy horror in one. Entertaining stuff from on of Egypts most prolific 20th century authors - I'll be looking for more
Nov 12, 2008 Sabra rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: all of yas
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I loved this book. Its thought provoking and poetic with spiritual undertones. He won a Nobel prize in literature and i recommend it to anyone who likes beautiful stories of faith. It gave me a lot of creative inspiration.
Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic author profile: نجيب محفوظ) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He published over 50 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films.More about Naguib Mahfouz...