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Cheops: A Cupboard for the Sun

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Known for wrapping readers in his historical web, Paul West, in his marvelous, new novel, Cheops; A Cupboard for the Sun, turns his attention to the 4th Dynasty (approx. 2680 BC) of ancient Egypt. Here, we find the pharaoh Cheops, building the great pyramids at Giza, surrounded by workers and solar boats. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, "a hundred thousand men ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
While I tend to love anything Egyptian, I had a hard time getting into this book. I picked this book up mainly because I hadn't read any fiction set in this time period (4th Dynasty). I had the hardest time getting into the story, and, while reading, paying attention to what I was reading.
May 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
One of the most boring books I have ever read. I like egyptian history, mythology, and folklore but I just could not get into this story, I had to push myself to finish it.
Not impressed. Sure, West is good with words, but there's not enough story to make this book interesting. The pharaoh was obsessed with the afterlife - that's basically all you need to know.
Florence Lyon
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books for which I should have walked away after the "first 100 pages" test.

The dust jacket's inner flaps praised the author's record. Apparently, he had written many well-recognized books. Maybe I should have read some of his earlier works first?

I carried on due to my interest in Egyptology, the pyramids and the life of a scribe. I was curious about the time travelling Greek Herodotus and his influence on Cheops (Khufu), the Pharoah whose life and efforts he incorrectly do
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Paul West (February 23, 1930) is an English-born novelist, literary historian and poet, the author of 24 novels, who has lived in America since the early 1960s. He now (in 2012) resides in upstate New York with his wife, the writer, poet and well-known naturalist Diane Ackerman. Paul, still remembered with affection by his old colleagues and friends in England as a big, jolly man, was born in Ecki
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