Books like this make history simple to remember. Further, indepth historical info can be easily found at Wikipedia. If you just read Wikepedia, the faBooks like this make history simple to remember. Further, indepth historical info can be easily found at Wikipedia. If you just read Wikepedia, the facts have a tendency to just disappear. ...more
Everybody says they shed a tear when they read touching books. I never do, except that I did when I read this book! At the end...... What does this saEverybody says they shed a tear when they read touching books. I never do, except that I did when I read this book! At the end...... What does this say? It says that you, the reader are drawn into the lives of the people. The author is writing about her own experiences, growing up in Cairo, Egypt. Her family is Jewish and they finally have to leave in the 60s. That life in Egypt is wonderful to lean about. This covers the first half of the book. The second half deals with her life as a stateless person, her family's flight to France and eventual immigration to the United States and most importantly what it is like to live in a culture that feels so foreign. The latter half is about being an immigrant. You know this family, her parents and siblings and the author herself. You empathize with them. I do not want to tell you what happens, but it is very hard to put this book down at the end. I cannot think of another book where my eyes really did tear up!
I also recommend Sipping from the Nile, another biography of a family living in Egypt in the 1900s. That is lovely too. Two completely different families, each special in their own way. The same is true of the books - each is special in its own way. Both books got four stars....more
Well, I finally finished it. 9857 pages! It is way too long, but I learned a lot so I gave it three stars.
On page 480 of 957. I am interested in the cWell, I finally finished it. 9857 pages! It is way too long, but I learned a lot so I gave it three stars.
On page 480 of 957. I am interested in the cultural aspects of different kingdoms, but NOT military strategies, which I tend to skim. Some might like the romantics of Cleopatra's relationship with Mark Anthony, but this is not why I have chosen to read the book. Half way through - it is too long, or tries to cover all readers' interests, so sometimes I am bored.
On page 278 of 957. I detest Caesar's Rome. The pomp, the formality, the excessive rituals are boring and fake. I like Cleopatra's gumption when she tricks Caesar into acknowledging their son. Way to go, Cleopatra! The Egyptian civilization seems so much richer, in the true sense of the word, than the Roman.
On page 224 fo 957. This book is too long. It needs editing. I find the melodramatics between Caesar and Cleopatra soppy. Yes, historical and cultural tidbits are prevalent, but are they worth it?
On page 48 of 957. What have I gotten myself into? This is a huge book! Am I ever going to finish it! I hope it is worth it. Well so far I am enjoying it. I find that it has a lot to teach. Where Is Memphis, the old capitol of Lower Egypt, and how is it geographically positioned in relation to Alexandria? I have used Wikepedia to position it a bit south of Cairo. You learn of the Ptolemy dynasty, of Alexander the Great, of the fall of the Macedonian empire and the rise what will be the Roman Empire. About eunuchs in Greek society and their absence in Roman society, about growing up as a king's daughter - one is surprised by the freedom she takes even as a child. About Ptolemy the XII, her father, his disfavor by the Alexandrians, his love of dance and flute playing, and both his softness and harshness when he has his daughter Bernice strangled. There is a lot to learn, and I think the facts will stick in my head because the people become alive. ...more
I did end up enjoying this book. I grew to like Mutmodjmet, Nefertiti's suster. This was a light, fun read.
**************************** Updated 1/2 thrI did end up enjoying this book. I grew to like Mutmodjmet, Nefertiti's suster. This was a light, fun read.
**************************** Updated 1/2 through: My GR friend Diane was so kind to give me this link to the author's site: http://michellemoran.com/books/nefert... I needed to know what was fact and what was fiction. Hmm, there is quite a bit of fiction here!
And the character portrayal is not blowing me over. Something feels wrong. I am trying to put my finger on what it is that bothers me. It is that this story is told by the younger sister of Nefertiti, She is a very different person from her older sister. Nefertiti is a strong-willed, power seeking person. Very, very self-confident! That is not so surprising. Her younger sister is more thoughtful, wise in the ways of herbal healing, considerate and honest. Her thoughts help readers understand what is happening. However sometimes she turns to another character in the story and voices her opinions. This I find unbelievable in certain situations. She would have never survived had she spoken as she did! She is the character I like in the story, and yet at the same time I feel she is unbelievable. This is a major problem for me.
I do not consider this book a waste of time. I am learning about the Egyptian court of 1350 BCE and Befertiti, Also, I admit it…..at points it is terribly exciting! :0) Will someone be assassinated?
?efertiti and her younger sister are 15 respective 13 years of age when the book opens. It is amazing how we baby our children nowadays. Just a thought...more