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The Egyptian

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The only Finnish novel adopted into a Hollywood film

Mika Waltari's 1945 novel The Egyptian was turned into a DeLuxe Color epic film by 20th Century Fox in 1954 and was nominated for an academy award a year later.

A 1940s #1 Bestseller and a Historic Novel All-Time Favorite

A historic novel all-time favorite, after its translation in English from Swedish, The Egyptian top

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Kindle Edition, 514 pages
Published October 20th 2014 (first published 1945)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Egyptian (Sinuhe egyptiläinen), 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 Egyptian is the first and the most successful, of Waltari's great historical novels. It is set in Ancie
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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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Azar Hoseininejad

در جهان همه چیز تغییر خواهد کرد غیر از حماقت نوع بشر و تا وقتی که دنیا باقی است، از حماقت مردم استفاده خواهند نمود...
Hadrian
"Would that I had words that are unknown, utterances and sayings in new language, that hath not yet passed away, and without that which hath been said repeatedly, and without that which hath been said repeatedly - not an utterance that hath growth stale, what the ancestors have already said."

-Khekheperre-Sonbu, a learned man and priest of the reign of Senusret II, c. 2150 BCE

With all due respect to the complaints of millennia past, I must instead defer to Mark Twain. He offers that history does
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Mehdi
Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب را نباید بصورت یک داستان خواند
گرچه واقیع آن بسیار جالب و شگفت انگیز است اما مهم تر از ان حقایقی در ان نهفته است که میتواند بینش شما را نسبت له جهان هستی دگرگون کند.
از جمله پیدایش اولین خدای نادیده و چگونگی بوجود آمدن ان ، حماقت مردم ،اغواگری کاهنان و سو استفاده از حماقت مردم و اعتقادات خرافی تا جایی که سینوهه در جایی میگوید که عوام الناس دل به موهمات بسته اند و هر تغییری را نشانه جهت بهتر شدن اوضا میکنند. درست مثل همین حالا ، مولا ها خا خام ها کشیش ها
Maryam Shahriari
بعد از سالها دست از مقاومت برداشتم و برای بار دوم سینوهه رو خوندم. بار اول حدوداً ۷ یا ۸ سال پیش بود. وقتی که دنیام با دنیای امروزم زمین تا آسمون متفاوت بود.
این بار که خوندمش حال و هوایی متفاوت داشتم.
اول از همه از دست ترجمه آزاردهنده ذبیحالله منصوری حرص میخوردم. گاهی یه حرف رو چندین بار توی یه صفحه تکرار کرده بود، گاهی یه مورد رو چندین بار در طول کتاب توی پرانتز و از زبان مترجم توضیح داده بود، و خلاصه گاهی میزان توضیحات و زیاده گوییها اینقدر زیاد بود که بدون ترس از دست دادن نکتهای خاص ورق میزد
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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...
Abtin Niazi
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
کتاب سینوهه را شاید حدودا بیست سال پیش خوندم زمانی که رمان های زیادی در ایران هنوز ترجمه نشده بود، شاید دوباره بخونمش
Ehsan
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
خوندن این کتاب برای من خیلی طول کشید تا تموم بشه. تقریبا ۶ ماه. ولی بسیار لذت بخش بود.
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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ოﻨռձ
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorite
ڪتاب سینوهه را دوست داشتم تاریخ و داستان باهم سفر هاے سینوهه و شرح دادن وضعیت تمدن هاے دیگر خیلے برایم جالب بود
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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Hamid
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
کریم امامی در کتاب "در گیر و دار نشر و ترجمه" مقاله ای دارد درباره ی ذبیح الله منصوری و ترجمه هایش، از جمله همین کتاب سینوهه. امامی می گوید اصل چنین کتابی مثل خیلی کارهای ترجمه ای دیگر منصوری وجود خارجی ندارد.
در واقع منصوری خیلی از کتاب های مثل "سینوهه" را با کمی خواندن و بعد ذهن خلاق خودش پدید آورده است. اما همان طور که امامی می گوید نمی شود منکر شد که این کتاب ها -با همه غلط های تاریخی شان- چه تعداد کتابخوان به ایران اضافه کردند.
یادم نمی رود این کتاب آن قدر پرخواننده بود که در تنها کتابخانه ش
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Ints
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laikā, kad bezdelīgas uz ziemu atkal ir ierakušās dūņās un vakari palikuši tumšāki ir aizvien grūtāk atrast tādu grāmatu, kuru lasot līksmotu aknas. Kārtējo reizi pie grāmatu plaukta stāvēju un nevarēju izvēlēties jaunu lasāmvielu. Aiztecēja diezgan daudz ūdens no ūdenspulksteņa, līdz es izdarīju savu izvēli. Proti drīz pienāks gada beigas, ne jau tās par kurām vēstīs Suņa zvaigznes uzlēkšana, bet jaunā modernā kalendāra gada. Es atminējos, ka nudien neesmu vīžojis izlasīt visas grāmatblogeru Zi ...more
Quanti
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tolik zvýrazněných pasáží jsem neměla ani v materiálech ke státnicím na VŠ. Špičková kniha. Masivní. Zároveň bych ji ale asi nedoporučila číst tomu, komu ještě nebylo 30 (dobře, nebo aspoň 25). Chce to mít něco odžito. Jestli si někdy budu dělat top 10, Sinuhet tam určitě bude patřit...
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
Star
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"من وقتی میبینم که یک نفر خودخواه است و به چیزهای سست و بی اساس مغرور میباشد در صدد بر نمی آیم که او را از اشتباه بیرون بیاورم و بگویم که نباید به چیزهایی که بنیاد ندارد دل خوش شود.
زیرا میدانم که حقیقت بقدری تلخ است که گاهی از کشتن یک نفر برای شنونده ناگوارتر میباشد و افراد میتوانند یک عمر با موهوماتی که آنها را راضی میکند و حس غرور آنها را تقویت میکند دلخوش باشند ولی نمیتوانند که یک روز با حقیقت به سر ببرند."

یکی از بهترین کتابهایی که خواندم ... سرشار از درس و تجربه، و فوق العاده غم انگیز
Saba
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
to khuneye ma in ketab ro ye zamin nemimund
hamishe koli sare inke alan ki mikhad bekhune moshkel pish miumad

man ke 2 bar in ketabo khundam be faseleye 1sal
vali vaghean enghadr matne jazabo giraii dare ke hata baraye bare dovom delam nemiumad bezaramesh kenar.

va narahat konande tarin sahnei ke tosif mikone marbut be dokhtari bood ke toye ghayegh baraye sinohe miraghse va shabe bad dar kohe ejdeha mimire ... :(

Mahdi Lotfi
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نام داستانی به قلم میکا والتاری نویسنده فنلاندی است. این کتاب که مهمترین اثر نویسنده است، بر اساس وقایع دوران فرعون آخناتون نوشته شدهاست. این کتاب توسط ذبیحالله منصوری(با آن قلم جادوئی خود) و دکتر احمد بهپور به فارسی ترجمه شده است.
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Txe Polon
Esta auténtica joya de la novela histórica incluye de todo: aventuras, amor, religión, política, guerra, amistad, muerte, ambigüedad moral... constituyendo un vívido retrato de un periodo histórico fascinante. La minuciosidad histórico-social se une al talento narrativo, que no decae excepto en el penúltimo capítulo ("La guerra santa"), donde las arengas se hacen un pelín repetitivas, aunque en el fondo no desmerece el conjunto.
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
Cody
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-top-ten
Mr. Waltari has written a captivating novel that is written in a manner suitable for the time period in which it is based. Sinuhe records his history in a matter-of-fact manner which resembles the styles of ancient historians such as Heroditus and Plutarch. Despite this stiff manner of story telling, the characters are well developed, loveable, and deplorable. The author does not write a story that is designed to appeal to his readers' hearts. Rather, he has written a novel that portrays the har ...more
Laura
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omasta-hyllystä
Melkein kaksi ja puoli kuukautta sain käytettyä tämän pienen ihmiselämän läpi kahlaamiseen, ja en tiedä oliko se lukemiseen käytetty aika vai tarina yleensä, mutta tämä kirja todella tuntui yhdeltä aikakaudelta. Suuri ja vaikuttava teoshan Sinuhe on, ja silti sen hienous piilee kaikessa pienessä ja tavanomaisessa.
Sanni
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Di'ana
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Net ir po nakties visas tekstas dar gyvas aplinkui ir gyvenu Egiptu bei Sinuhės išgyvenimais. Knyga kupina kasdieniško Egipto, kuris padeda lengvai pasinerti į Faraono Echanatono, Šibuliuliumo bei Burnaburiasho valdymo laikotarpį. Gydytojas Sinuhė gimė bei gyveno pasikeitimo laikotarpiu, kai Egipte buvo nuversti senieji dievai ir pripažintas tik vienas - Atonas, kurio atėjimas pakeitė viską aplinkui. O vargšas pamestinukas Sihunė, kurį atgabeno luotas upe, patyrė nė vieną nuotykį, pasineriant ne ...more
elnazps
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سه ستاره و نیم برای این کتاب کافیه ،البته داستان و وقایعش جالب بود و درخور پنج ستاره ،اما از اواسط کتاب جایی که فرعون شهر افق رو تاسیس میکنه و از طبس میره ،سیر داستان خیلی کند و پراز تکرار و توضیحات زیاد مترجم میشه و داستان جذابیتش رو ازدست میده طوری که میشه یک صفحه در میون باقی کتاب روخوند
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.

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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
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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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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“Even were the time to come when there would be neither poor nor rich, yet there will always be wise and stupid, sly and simple, for so there have ever been and ever will be. The strong man sets his foot on the neck of the weakling; the cunning man runs off with the simpleton's purse and sets the dunce to work for him. Man is a crooked dealer and even his virtue is imperfect. Only he who lies down never to rise again is wholly good.” 16 likes
“I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory of the gods in the land of Kem, for I am weary of gods, nor to the glory of the Pharaohs, for I am weary of their deeds. I write neither from fear nor from any hope of the future but for myself alone. During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come.” 11 likes
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