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Truth is the Soul of the Sun - A Biographical Novel of Hatshepsut Maatkare

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 564 pages
Published July 30th 2009
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Truth is the Soul of the Sun is a wonderful biography which I'm sure anyone with an interest in strong women in history will want to have in their library. It isn't a book for quick reading but is a perfect companion for those moments when you'd like to step out of your life and into another just for a little while. Please check it out. Pita's Hatshepsut is, in a word "Magnificent." and the sensuality ain't half bad either. {}:>)

PS the author has included her extensive bibliography for those
Jul 01, 2010 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with a working knowledge of Egyptian society and religion at the time of Hatshepsut
I've finished the first section of six in this very long novel. It describes the childhood of Hatshepsut. Though somewhat slow-moving (I'm hoping the later sections pick up a bit), the author has done a wonderful job recreating a world so different from our own, but still populated by realistic human beings. I do have some knowledge of ancient Egypt, and I am sure this book would be difficult to read without it. As it is, I'm letting some confusing details go by the wayside as I read. It is easy ...more
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Truth is the Soul of the Sun is the biographical novel of Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh who ruled ancient Egypt in the 18th dynasty. It is evident that an extraordinary amount of research went in to the compilation of the book, but it is difficult to present the huge pantheon of Egyptian deities and to translate the symbolism of the belief system to narrative form. The focus throughout the work is continually on the religious/philosophical beliefs of the time with some diversions exploring Hats ...more
Gail/Ladyvolz Bowman
huge biographical novel of Hatshepsut; extremely interesting and very detailed; recommend to anyone who enjoys Egypt and their Pharaohs
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Maria Isabel Pita was born in Havana, Cuba. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was eight months old and she grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. Reading, writing and history have been her abiding passions ever since she can remember. In college she majored in World History, and minored in English Literature and Cultural Anthropology. She has traveled extensively, and authored a series of critically ac ...more
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