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Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  173 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz reaches back millennia to his homeland’s majestic past in this enchanting collection of early tales that brings the world of ancient Egypt face to face with our own times.

From the Predynastic Period, where a cabal of entrenched rulers banish virtue in jealous defense of their status, to the Fifth Dynasty, where a Pharaoh returns from an extend
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 10th 2004 by Anchor (first published October 1st 2002)
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I wanted to start reading this important writer with an early collection.

I wondered how good he was as young writer, what he did with ancient Egyptian history. Of the 5 short stories only the conventional supernatural story "The Mummy Awakens" was somewhat weak. The other stories like "Evil Adored" was very smart, social critique and strong retelling of how life was then.
I’m not sure why I decided to read this book. I’ve never been particularly interested in Egyptian history or its culture. But the book was thin and Naguib Mahfouz had won the Nobel Prize so I thought this might give me a taste of his writing without committing myself to a long novel. So I expected to be disappointed and that was pretty much a self-fulfilling prophecy because I was. What didn’t help is the folkloric nature of the stories. I’ve never been a fan of fables and recently stopped readi ...more
Robert Knowles
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.
Mark Patton
A remarkable collection of five short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author. One of the stories, "The Return of Sinuhe," is an adaptation of a genuinely ancient text, but three of the others could easily be taken for ancient tales, incorporating historical characters and written in a form that comes close to a fable (or, in the case of "Evil Adored," a parable. The exception is "The Mummy Awakens," which appropriates the Hollywood trope of a reanimated mummy and sets up a confrontat ...more
Vikki Marshall
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
Susan Jo Grassi
I don't know why I picked this book up but I certainly am glad I did. It contains 5 short stories dealing with Ancient Egypt. The stories are written like fables but are all extremely intriguing, especially the final one about death. I would definitely recommend this small book to anyone who wanted something light and very well written.
Aug 06, 2015 Hamza rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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.
Ian Galloway
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  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all of yas
Recommended to Sabra by: a friend gave it to me years ago but i took me a while to open i
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.
This gets extra points for being brief. It is a series of short tales each with a moral or lesson and an ancient Egyptian setting. This book reminded me of "The Alchemist," except the lessons are more interesting, not a cliche.
John Fredrickson
Very easy to read book. This was a pleasure - the stories were innovative and fresh, and the style felt very clean.
Oct 16, 2008 Heather marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
b/c i'm a nerd for ancient egyptian symbolism. and in remberance of aunt s.
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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.
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