This is the amazing story of a 15 year old Egyptian noble girl who becomes a Pharaoh.
At the age of 15, Nefertiti is married to Pharaoh Amunhotep IV(la...moreThis is the amazing story of a 15 year old Egyptian noble girl who becomes a Pharaoh.
At the age of 15, Nefertiti is married to Pharaoh Amunhotep IV(later known as Akhenaten). They are best known for their religious revolution of the God Aten and their banishing of the God Amun. They are a power obsessed couple, and by default wary and suspicious of almost everyone.
Nefertiti's father is the senior Vizier Ay and his sister the Dowager Queen Tiye and between the both of them, they try to control the kingdom and to keep both Nefertiti and the Pharaoh distracted and under check.
This book is written in the first person with Mutnodjmet( sister and only sibling of Nefertiti) as the narrator. The relationship between both sisters is described very well; with all the typical elements of jealousy, control and love which are natural among siblings. Both sisters are poles apart in nature. Mutny (short for Mutnodjmet) is the logical,unambitious sister. However, both are intelligent. Mutny is known as a healer due to her extensive knowledge of herbs and their uses. Nefertiti uses her intelligence to keep her husband wrapped around her finger and to slowly become his co regent and Pharaoh. Nefertiti wanted power, above anything else. She wanted to remain immortal, a wish she seems to have achieved by being written about even thousands of years later.
Nefertiti was an extremely beautiful woman who was loved by the people very much. Her husband and her used this to their advantage and tried to elevate themselves to the levels of the Gods. There were temples made in their honour and the entire city of Amarna had their statues and sculptures everywhere depicting their lives.
Mutny was a good sister and daughter who put her own life on hold and almost became a glorified servant in her sister's household. However, their relationship turned sour as Mutny fell in love with a General, whom the Pharaoh disapproved of.
The author Michelle Moran has written the story of Nefertiti and her family beautifully. The author paints such a vivid picture that the reader is compelled to study this era more. Our book club rated it highly. I rate it as a 4/5 and a must read for fans of historical fiction.(less)
26a is a story set in Neasden, London about a mixed race family. The father is an Englishman and the mother a Nigerian woman. They have four daughters...more26a is a story set in Neasden, London about a mixed race family. The father is an Englishman and the mother a Nigerian woman. They have four daughters Bel, Georgia & Bessi (identical twins) and Kenny, the youngest. The main storyline revolves around the twins.
The story begins when the twins are about 9 years old, they live in the loft of their house at 26 Waifer Avenue. They name the loft 26a, hence the title. Georgia and Bessi are both regular pre-adolescent girls, with an amazing bond. They share everything and tell each other all their secrets. As the story progresses, the Hunter family moves to Nigeria for a couple of years. All the girls take their own adjustment periods. However, Georgia has a near rape experience which she chooses not to tell anyone, even Bessi, about. This incident is a turning point for the story. Georgia begins to keep all sad and depressing things from Bessi. As they turn 18, Bessi, moves from England to St. Lucia leaving Georgia alone. Georgia's depression and dark periods worsen. She starts a relationship with a young man and they have a wonderful companionship and friendship. They complement each other, but she worries her depression will destroy him too, so she breaks it off with him.
In the end, depression takes over her and tragically, she commits suicide. Although the twins shared the close bond, in the end the elder sister Bel, seems to be more in tune with Georgia's feelings. She is the one who is constantly worried about her and she tries to get Georgia out of the house.
The parents have always had a strained relationship but after the death of their daughter, their mutual tragedy brings them together. The father was always a bitter and hard man but in the end is shown as a broken, grieving father.
in the last few pages, the book took a bit of a spin for me. I wasn't sure what the point was. The twins continue communication and discussing things, perhaps to show the common bond of twins. For me, it seemed a bit off and unnecessary.
All in all, it was a nice coming of age book. There were some nice parts to it and I liked the authors writing. The storyline was not too spectacular.