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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  8,922 ratings  ·  387 reviews
First published in the United States in 1949 and widely condemned as obscene, The Egyptian outsold every other novel published that year, and remains a classic; readers worldwide have testified to its life-changing power. It is a full-bodied re-creation of a largely forgotten era in the world's history: the Egypt of the 14th century B.C.E., when pharaohs and gods contended ...more
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Hadrian
"Would that I had words that are unknown, utterances and sayings in new language, that hath not yet passed away, and without that which hath been said repeatedly, and without that which hath been said repeatedly - not an utterance that hath growth stale, what the ancestors have already said."

-Khekheperre-Sonbu, a learned man and priest of the reign of Senusret II, c. 2150 BCE

With all due respect to the complaints of millennia past, I must instead defer to Mark Twain. He offers that history does
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Azar Hoseininejad

در جهان همه چیز تغییر خواهد کرد غیر از حماقت نوع بشر و تا وقتی که دنیا باقی است، از حماقت مردم استفاده خواهند نمود...
Mehdi
این کتاب را نباید بصورت یک داستان خواند
گرچه واقیع آن بسیار جالب و شگفت انگیز است اما مهم تر از ان حقایقی در ان نهفته است که میتواند بینش شما را نسبت له جهان هستی دگرگون کند.
از جمله پیدایش اولین خدای نادیده و چگونگی بوجود آمدن ان ، حماقت مردم ،اغواگری کاهنان و سو استفاده از حماقت مردم و اعتقادات خرافی تا جایی که سینوهه در جایی میگوید که عوام الناس دل به موهمات بسته اند و هر تغییری را نشانه جهت بهتر شدن اوضا میکنند. درست مثل همین حالا ، مولا ها خا خام ها کشیش ها
Hamid
کریم امامی در کتاب "در گیر و دار نشر و ترجمه" مقاله ای دارد درباره ی ذبیح الله منصوری و ترجمه هایش، از جمله همین کتاب سینوهه. امامی می گوید اصل چنین کتابی مثل خیلی کارهای ترجمه ای دیگر منصوری وجود خارجی ندارد.
در واقع منصوری خیلی از کتاب های مثل "سینوهه" را با کمی خواندن و بعد ذهن خلاق خودش پدید آورده است. اما همان طور که امامی می گوید نمی شود منکر شد که این کتاب ها -با همه غلط های تاریخی شان- چه تعداد کتابخوان به ایران اضافه کردند.
یادم نمی رود این کتاب آن قدر پرخواننده بود که در تنها کتابخانه ش
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Jessica
This book is quite good. It's long and dense and requires a little effort to read, but because it's longer, you feel more involved with the main character. The story is about a really interesting era in Egyptian history that most don't focus on, and I think I learned quite a lot from it. I am interested in Mika's other books now...
Eyehavenofilter
This must be my 5th go'round on this book, I re-read it every so often, because I really do consider it to be a classic.
It was considered almost obscene in it's day, because of the subject matters that were delt with. But it is rather tame for today. I first read it and found it quite shocking many years ago, but I have a fascination with Egyptian history and I just could not put it down.
I was made into a movie sometime in the 50's or 60's I belive and many things were glossed over but it still
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 18, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction
This just misses five stars--because it took me a long time to warm up to the Sinuhe, the protagonist and narrator, and it's just a little bit too much of a downer. So no, I wouldn't call this a happy tale--but it is a rich epic and great historical fiction of Ancient Egypt under Akhenaton, its heretic pharaoh. Had I not known going in, I wouldn't have guessed this novel was written in 1945. Although that might explain some of its bleakness--I've read that when it was published, it resonated wit ...more
Jody Mena
A most remarkable tale of the dangers of fanaticism, the comfort of the familiar suffering, the superiority of wanting to having, the pitfalls of pride and the often hideous reality of human nature - the basest aspects of which we are so eager to ignore, thereby allowing to grow greater that the noble, which we fixate on desperately in order to assuage our collective shame as we keep our heads purposefully buried in the sand. This is a magnificent fable, and I believe its moral, if it were to ha ...more
Jani
Longish classics are somewhat problematic: you'll be happy to buy them (especially if they are beautiful editions such as this), but they often end up spending years without reading just sitting on your shelf glaring at you disapprovingly with other accumulated peers (at least that's what it feels like to me). When you finally gather the willpower to start reading them (it is after all much easier to start a 300 page book than, say, 779 page one), there is always the possibility that you find th ...more
Saba
to khuneye ma in ketab ro ye zamin nemimund
hamishe koli sare inke alan ki mikhad bekhune moshkel pish miumad

man ke 2 bar in ketabo khundam be faseleye 1sal
vali vaghean enghadr matne jazabo giraii dare ke hata baraye bare dovom delam nemiumad bezaramesh kenar.

va narahat konande tarin sahnei ke tosif mikone marbut be dokhtari bood ke toye ghayegh baraye sinohe miraghse va shabe bad dar kohe ejdeha mimire ... :(

Ryan
In The Egyptian (English translation), Mika Waltari takes us back to one of the oldest civilizations to tell one of the most classic stories there is: a young man rises from humble beginnings, makes a foolhardy choice, then is impelled to go out in the world and seek his fortune. He travels to other lands, learns about other customs, experiences different sides of life, and rises in stature by smartly applying his knowledge. Then he returns home again, where old friends and enemies await him.

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Maryam Shahriari
خيلي رمان جالبي بود. خيلي دوست داشتم با سينوهه توي سفر هايي كه داشته همراه مي شدم و اون شهر هارو ميديدم. از كتاب هايي بود كه خوندنش خيلي بهم چسبيد و به خيلي ها دادم بخوننش.
DianneB
Feb 26, 2009 DianneB rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like historical novels of Egypt.
This book gives great insight into the influence the gods of ancient Egypt had upon the people as determined by those in power at the time. The struggle for having one's ideology be the chosen ideology is relayed vividly. The description of warfare and punishment during this time is graphically written. And of course, the life of Sinuhe, the physician, is the most intriguing and central story.

Sinuhe, page 487:

"'There is no difference between one man and another, for all are born naked into the
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Mia
I first read The Egyptian as a teenager, and I dove back into it happily when my mom reminded me of it last week. Waltari creates a dimensional and richly detailed view of Egypt at the time of Akhenaten, and sends his protagonist, Sinuhe the physician, through foreign lands and back again to Thebes, where his relationship with the Pharaoh's family brings him both opportunity and danger. I read on Wiki that The Egyptian was at the top of the bestseller charts when it was published in 1949, and un ...more
Clark Hays
“To each day its own vexations”

The Egyptian is a classic in the truest sense and an epic (not a word I use lightly) tale resonating with truth, power and poignant insights into the human condition that bridge the centuries.

It was written by Mika Waltari who, according to the back of the book, is widely considered the greatest Finnish writer of the 20th century. Regardless of his provenance, he is simply a great writer. That The Egyptian was sent as a gift by a Finnish friend and book blogger (t
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Mandy
What a sad yet wonderful tale. Written in first person point of view as the life story of a man who lived in ancient Egypt during the time of the later pharoahs, it has a reflective and melancholy tone. I think perhaps I enjoyed it so much because it incorporates several historical figures that are part of Egyptian history and I knew something of this history before I began reading this book. I suspect that is part of what drew me to it in the first place. The story is fascinating in its way, an ...more
Brahadeesh
One of the best historic novels I have read so far. Simple yet profound illustration of the religious and political conflicts during the Pharoah Akhenaton's reign, founder of one of the earliest monotheistic religion. The story revolves around the travels and expeditions of a Egyptian physician named Sinuhe and the socio-political scenario of the countries he visits during his life. The journey of this physician is so eventful with cruelty of humans, fragility and wickedness of human mind, love ...more
Galen Watson
The Egyptian is one of the finest Egyptian historical fictions ever written. At the same time, the author, Mika Waltari, crafted an adventure novel filled with philosophical overtones that leaves the reader pondering the meaning of life. And that’s what the book is about: an Egyptian’s entire life, lived during an era of historic and religious upheaval.

Sinuhe, the protagonist, puts idealism above all else, to the destruction of everything he loves. At the same time, he has a huge character flaw:
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Fernando
Es un excelente libro por muchas razones, pero una de las cosas que más me impresionó de él fue su visión de los conflíctos bélicos. Se han escrito muchas historias sobre la guerra, pero en ellas casi nunca se habla sobre las razones politicas, económicas, religiosas y sociales que hay detrás de los enfrentamientos entre países. Waltari hace una análisis muy inteligente de los motivos que hicieron fracasar el reinado de Akenatón y sus descripciones de las distintas culturas de la época rezuman c ...more
kaśyap
A remarkable historical novel set in ancient Egypt mainly during the reign of the pharaoh Akhenaton, who tried to bring monotheistic worship of Aton to Egypt. His reign was marked by internal conflict and he and his descendants in the 18th dynasty were later denounced by Horemheb, and their names were erased in the Egyptian records. The worship of Aton is speculated to be a precursor of Judaism.

The book is in the form of autobiography of Sinuhe a physician who rises to become an advisor and frie
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Mahmoud592004
با عرض سلام خدمت دوستان عزيز. نمي دونم فيلم اين داستان رو ديديد يا نه اما فيلم خيلي قشنگيه. من اين فيلمو در اختيار دارم.مي تونم در اختيار دوستان بزارم. در پناه حق
goli
vaghean ketab jaleb va jazzabie.hatman bekhoonid
Sanni
So I had to read this book for my Finnish class. I wasn't too excited about it because the book was always described to be "a Finnish classic", and, at least in my opinion, that is a synonym for boring. On top of that, this book had so many pages it almost made the Oxford dictionary look like a children's picture book.

However, when I started the book, I noticed I had never been so wrong. This book wasn't boring at all, in fact, it was quite the opposite. Within its hundreds of pages, the book he
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Jarezal
Todo esto ya ha pasado antes y volverá a pasar otra vez.

Sinuhé, el egipcio es un libro escrito en 1945 y ambientado en el Egipto de hace más de 3000 años y aún así las historias que se cuentan y los temas que se tratan son tan contemporáneos como si estuvieran ambientados en la actualidad y escritos este mismo año.

Conflictos religiosos, choques culturales, especulación económica, gobernantes corruptos, búsqueda del poder a costa del pueblo. Por desgracia hay cosas que nunca cambian y que seguim
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Lukáš Gregor
Egypťan Sinuhet – Člověk osamělý

Na přebalu CD s audioknihou Egypťan Sinuhet je uvedeno, že doba je hektická a spousta knih zůstává v knihovnách netknuta jen pro jejich rozsah. Přiznávám, také jsem na slavnou Waltariho knihu pohlížel s nedůvěrou. Bude mi za ten čas stát? Ne že by mě historické romány odpuzovaly, v lásce je však nikterak zvlášť nemám. Egypt coby jedno z dávných údobí se mi zamlouvá akorát tak díky fascinaci pyramidami, ale chápete, že tohle jako motivace k přečtení bichle nestačí.
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Alan Grodecki
The novel The Egyptian was written back in 1949 by the well known author Mika Walteri. The book is about a physician back in ancient Egypt who travels the world trying to gain knowledge for his profession. During his journey, he meets many people, learns many life lessons, and gets to see other countries of the world.
First, I did feel that the novel had some weaknesses. At some points in the book it was a little bit hard to follow because of the way things were done in ancient times. Since, you
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Mark
What I most enjoyed about "The Egyptian" was Mika Waltari's ability to make his book sound like a 2,500 year old ancient text, drawing you into the Bronze Age world of Egypt, Syria, Hatti, and Babylonia. For those familiar with the language conventions of the Old Testament you will immediately pick up on the use of proverbs and repeated phrases in Waltari's novel. "The Egyptian" was published in 1949 in Finland and one can sense the bitterness and exhaustion of Europe in the aftermath of World W ...more
Jacob
I have to say, I was apprehensive when I approached this book. I knew nothing about it in advance except that it's supposed to be some kind of literary classic written in the 1940s. I expected it to be ponderous, boring, high-minded and stuffy. But, book in hand, I thought "why not", took a deep breath, gritted my teeth and dove in.

To my surprise I found that this book is anything but boring and stuffy. It is, above all, an entertaining and very human tale that makes ancient Egypt feel like a r
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Cody
Mr. Waltari has written a captivating novel that is written in a manner suitable for the time period in which it is based. Sinuhe records his history in a matter-of-fact manner which resembles the styles of ancient historians such as Heroditus and Plutarch. Despite this stiff manner of story telling, the characters are well developed, loveable, and deplorable. The author does not write a story that is designed to appeal to his readers' hearts. Rather, he has written a novel that portrays the har ...more
Ioana
I did a double take when I saw that in the presentation of this book, it is described as 'obscene' - was I reading a different book??

There is nothing obscene whatsoever about it; it is the touching story of a man who lives in Ancient Egypt during Akenaton's reign, telling the tale of his struggles and changing fortune and those of Akenaton himself, a truly fascinating character. The historical aspects of the book are quite accurate, as people who are interested in those times (and in historical
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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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“Even were the time to come when there would be neither poor nor rich, yet there will always be wise and stupid, sly and simple, for so there have ever been and ever will be. The strong man sets his foot on the neck of the weakling; the cunning man runs off with the simpleton's purse and sets the dunce to work for him. Man is a crooked dealer and even his virtue is imperfect. Only he who lies down never to rise again is wholly good.” 8 likes
“I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory of the gods in the land of Kem, for I am weary of gods, nor to the glory of the Pharaohs, for I am weary of their deeds. I write neither from fear nor from any hope of the future but for myself alone. During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come.” 6 likes
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