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

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The complete 550 page epic historical novel covering the entire life of Hatshepsut, the ancient Egyptian queen who was crowned king and for more than twenty years ruled on the Horus Throne of the Living as the Female Falcon, Maatkare. The name she chose for herself can be read as Maat is the Ka of Re, which translated means The True and Beautiful Manifestation of the Sun's ...more
Paperback, 564 pages
Published July 30th 2009 (first published July 18th 2009)
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Peggy
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
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Emily
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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Sep 07, 2009 Lisa added it
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 left the country when she was ten months old and she grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. Reading, writing and history, especially ancient Egypt, have been her abiding passions ever since she can remember. She attended Florida International University, where she majored in World History and did a double minor in Cultural Anthropology and English Lite ...more
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