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Sinuhe egyptiläinen

(Sinuhe egyptiläinen #1–2)

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Mika Waltarin ensimmäisestä suuresta historiallisesta romaanista tuli ilmestyttyään kansainvälinen bestseller, joka jatkuvasti valloittaa uusia lukijasukupolvia.

Sinuhe on löytölapsi, joka kasvaa köyhän lääkärin poikana Thebassa. Hän valmistuu itsekin lääkäriksi ja toimii faaraon aivokirurgina. Monien myrskyisten vaiheiden, rakkauksien ja pettymyksien jälkeen hän muistelee
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Hardcover, 779 pages
Published 1979 by WSOY (first published 1944)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Egyptian (Sinuhe egyptiläinen), Mika Waltari
The Egyptian is a historical novel by Mika Waltari. It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949, apparently from Swedish rather than Finnish. So far, it is the only Finnish novel to be adapted into a Hollywood film, which it was, in 1954. The Egyptian is the first and the most successful, of Waltari's great historical novels. It is set in Ancient Egypt, mostly during the reign of Pharao
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Egyptian (Sinuhe egyptiläinen #1–2), Mika Waltari
The Egyptian is a historical novel by Mika Waltari. It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949, apparently from Swedish rather than Finnish. So far, it is the only Finnish novel to be adapted into a Hollywood film, which it was, in 1954. The Egyptian is the first and the most successful, of Waltari's great historical novels. It is set in Ancient Egypt, mostly during the reign of P
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Beata
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most powerful historical novels I've ever read. The most captivating the panorama of the ancient Egypt in literature.
Frances
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: past-favourites
A Captivating Tale!
If you enjoy reading about Egypt during the 14th century, you should find this a fascinating read. For the most part I found it quite captivating and was totally immersed in the story, especially the bond developing between the main character Sinuhe and his slave Kaptah. Their story alone is well worth the read. I did find some parts repetitive and lengthy which was to some extent disappointing. But overall it was extremely well written with several strong characters throughou
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sinuhe egyptiläinen = Sinuhe der Agypter‬ = Sinuhe the Egyptian, Mika Waltari
The Egyptian (Sinuhe egyptiläinen, Sinuhe the Egyptian) is a historical novel by Mika Waltari. It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949, apparently from Swedish rather than Finnish. So far, it is the only Finnish novel to be adapted into a Hollywood film, which it was, in 1954. The protagonist of the novel is the fictional character Sinuhe, the royal phy
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Alatea
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to finish, but it was totally worth it.

Unique style. Beautiful language. Strong characters.
Kaśyap
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, historical
A remarkable historical novel set in ancient Egypt mainly during the reign of the pharaoh Akhenaton, who tried to bring monotheistic worship of Aton to Egypt. His reign was marked by internal conflict and he and his descendants in the 18th dynasty were later denounced by Horemheb, and their names were erased in the Egyptian records. The worship of Aton is speculated to be a precursor of Judaism.

The book is in the form of autobiography of Sinuhe a physician who rises to become an advisor and frie
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Eyehavenofilter
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This must be my 5th go'round on this book, I re-read it every so often, because I really do consider it to be a classic.
It was considered almost obscene in it's day, because of the subject matters that were delt with. But it is rather tame for today. I first read it and found it quite shocking many years ago, but I have a fascination with Egyptian history and I just could not put it down.
I was made into a movie sometime in the 50's or 60's I belive and many things were glossed over but it still
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Jessica
This book is quite good. It's long and dense and requires a little effort to read, but because it's longer, you feel more involved with the main character. The story is about a really interesting era in Egyptian history that most don't focus on, and I think I learned quite a lot from it. I am interested in Mika's other books now...
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction
This just misses five stars--because it took me a long time to warm up to the Sinuhe, the protagonist and narrator, and it's just a little bit too much of a downer. So no, I wouldn't call this a happy tale--but it is a rich epic and great historical fiction of Ancient Egypt under Akhenaton, its heretic pharaoh. Had I not known going in, I wouldn't have guessed this novel was written in 1945. Although that might explain some of its bleakness--I've read that when it was published, it resonated wit ...more
Tamara Agha-Jaffar
The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, translated by Naomi Walford, was an international best seller in the 1940s. The novel immerses the reader in the life and times of ancient Egypt during the reign of the rebel pharaoh Akhnaton. The story unfolds in the first-person narrative of Sinuhe, the personal physician to Akhnaton.

Born under mysterious circumstances, Sinuhe is adopted by a couple who shower him with love and support. His success as a student enables him to work his way up through the many layer
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Amanda
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. The most vivid and memorable book I can recall reading in recent memory. My favorite portrayal of Akhenaten, and one of the best depictions of ancient Egypt I've had the pleasure of digesting.

The only issue I had with it was that it did occasionally drag in parts, and there were some overlong descriptions of, for instance, how Sinuhe earned his wealth through the power of real estate, but overall this was just... wow. 10/10, would recommend.
Jody Mena
A most remarkable tale of the dangers of fanaticism, the comfort of the familiar suffering, the superiority of wanting to having, the pitfalls of pride and the often hideous reality of human nature - the basest aspects of which we are so eager to ignore, thereby allowing to grow greater that the noble, which we fixate on desperately in order to assuage our collective shame as we keep our heads purposefully buried in the sand. This is a magnificent fable, and I believe its moral, if it were to ha ...more
Sanni
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So I had to read this book for my Finnish class. I wasn't too excited about it because the book was always described to be "a Finnish classic", and, at least in my opinion, that is a synonym for boring. On top of that, this book had so many pages it almost made the Oxford dictionary look like a children's picture book.

However, when I started the book, I noticed I had never been so wrong. This book wasn't boring at all, in fact, it was quite the opposite. Within its hundreds of pages, the book he
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Galen Watson
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Egyptian is one of the finest Egyptian historical fictions ever written. At the same time, the author, Mika Waltari, crafted an adventure novel filled with philosophical overtones that leaves the reader pondering the meaning of life. And that’s what the book is about: an Egyptian’s entire life, lived during an era of historic and religious upheaval.

Sinuhe, the protagonist, puts idealism above all else, to the destruction of everything he loves. At the same time, he has a huge character flaw:
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Ryan
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-historical
In The Egyptian (English translation), Mika Waltari takes us back to one of the oldest civilizations to tell one of the most classic stories there is: a young man rises from humble beginnings, makes a foolhardy choice, then is impelled to go out in the world and seek his fortune. He travels to other lands, learns about other customs, experiences different sides of life, and rises in stature by smartly applying his knowledge. Then he returns home again, where old friends and enemies await him.

I v
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Jani
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Longish classics are somewhat problematic: you'll be happy to buy them (especially if they are beautiful editions such as this), but they often end up spending years without reading just sitting on your shelf glaring at you disapprovingly with other accumulated peers (at least that's what it feels like to me). When you finally gather the willpower to start reading them (it is after all much easier to start a 300 page book than, say, 779 page one), there is always the possibility that you find th ...more
Naz
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic, vivid, powerful and a total masterpiece.
It's over a thousand pages, but totally worth it. Go read it people!
Jacob
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I have to say, I was apprehensive when I approached this book. I knew nothing about it in advance except that it's supposed to be some kind of literary classic written in the 1940s. I expected it to be ponderous, boring, high-minded and stuffy. But, book in hand, I thought "why not", took a deep breath, gritted my teeth and dove in.

To my surprise I found that this book is anything but boring and stuffy. It is, above all, an entertaining and very human tale that makes ancient Egypt feel like a r
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DianneB
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like historical novels of Egypt.
This book gives great insight into the influence the gods of ancient Egypt had upon the people as determined by those in power at the time. The struggle for having one's ideology be the chosen ideology is relayed vividly. The description of warfare and punishment during this time is graphically written. And of course, the life of Sinuhe, the physician, is the most intriguing and central story.

Sinuhe, page 487:

"'There is no difference between one man and another, for all are born naked into the
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Mia
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read The Egyptian as a teenager, and I dove back into it happily when my mom reminded me of it last week. Waltari creates a dimensional and richly detailed view of Egypt at the time of Akhenaten, and sends his protagonist, Sinuhe the physician, through foreign lands and back again to Thebes, where his relationship with the Pharaoh's family brings him both opportunity and danger. I read on Wiki that The Egyptian was at the top of the bestseller charts when it was published in 1949, and un ...more
Laci
I've long wanted to read this one.
I guess I'll have to try again, because I've bought a Czech audio version and only _then_ noticed it's abridged. So I'll refrain from a star rating here.

Also, why did the Czechs need to change the name‽ Everyone else I've seen (at least 4 languages) have kept it as "Sinuhe". What gives‽ I'm confused.

But yeah, great book. Captures the essence of loneliness in the middle of a busy life very well.
Gailė Ne
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a journey!
Wahid Zamani
Try to find the best translation
Clark Hays
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“To each day its own vexations”

The Egyptian is a classic in the truest sense and an epic (not a word I use lightly) tale resonating with truth, power and poignant insights into the human condition that bridge the centuries.

It was written by Mika Waltari who, according to the back of the book, is widely considered the greatest Finnish writer of the 20th century. Regardless of his provenance, he is simply a great writer. That The Egyptian was sent as a gift by a Finnish friend and book blogger (t
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Mandy
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2012
What a sad yet wonderful tale. Written in first person point of view as the life story of a man who lived in ancient Egypt during the time of the later pharoahs, it has a reflective and melancholy tone. I think perhaps I enjoyed it so much because it incorporates several historical figures that are part of Egyptian history and I knew something of this history before I began reading this book. I suspect that is part of what drew me to it in the first place. The story is fascinating in its way, an ...more
Brahadeesh
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best historic novels I have read so far. Simple yet profound illustration of the religious and political conflicts during the Pharoah Akhenaton's reign, founder of one of the earliest monotheistic religion. The story revolves around the travels and expeditions of a Egyptian physician named Sinuhe and the socio-political scenario of the countries he visits during his life. The journey of this physician is so eventful with cruelty of humans, fragility and wickedness of human mind, love ...more
Paulina
It is astounding that this book that has as its message that human nature is and was immutable was published and applauded in the wake of WWII, at a time where people attempted to reconcile the horrors of Holocaust and war camps. More than that, it was published in Finland, a country which in the Second World War was briefly allied with the Nazi Germany, in 1945. How ruthless of Mika Waltari. How brilliant of him. And how honest.

I was apprehensive when starting. It’s a translated work which was
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Ions
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a lot of fun with the first half of this book! So much fun, I thought I was nearing the end...only to find out that I still had about 10 hours left. I had finished the original Book One, and was about to start Book Two. I kept the audiobook playing, but I just wasn't feeling it any more. I took a break from the audiobook, listened to some others intending to return. Twice I tried to get back into it, and twice i've been unable to recapture that original interest.

It's well a written, and I
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Mika Toimi Waltari was a Finnish historical novelist, best known for his magnum opus The Egyptian.
Waltari was born in Helsinki and lost his father, a Lutheran pastor, at the age of five. As a boy, he witnessed the Finnish Civil War in Helsinki. Later he enrolled in the University of Helsinki as a theology student, according to his mother's wishes, but soon abandoned theology in favour of philosoph
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