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Ramses: Under the Western Acacia

(Ramsès #5)

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In the final novel in the bestselling series, Christian Jacq writes of the Hittite king who wants Ramses to marry his daughter, while revolt is brewing among the revenge-driven Libyans.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1997)
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Fuad Al Fidah
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fitting end to a fitting series.
Katka Olajcová
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egypt
Tak a máme tu posledný diel.
Ramzes má 55 rokov (a toto číslo stále rastie) a s láskou (nič iné mu ani neostáva) spomína na svoju milovanú Nefertari (a občas aj na Mojžiša, čo mi strašne liezlo na nervy). Ale (!) vynára sa nám tu nový konflikt. Chatušil (či Chattušaš? Čistý chaos mám) chce, aby sa jeho dcéra stala Veľkou kráľovskou manželkou, inak vypukne vojna... Ach jáj, ako hovorí Obelix: tí Chetiti sa museli zblázniť. Ramzes to však odmieta a už je oheň na streche. A tak sa nám to začína...
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The Frahorus
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romanzo che conclude la Saga di Ramses. L'ultimo nemico di Ramses sembra quasi creato ad hoc per poterci raccontare l'ultima parte della vita di questo grandissimo personaggio storico e giustificare con uno sforzo di fantasia alcuni fatti ricavati dall'interpretazione dei reperti archeologici, come le varie feste di rigenerazione, la costruzione della tomba KV5 dove erano state probabilmente raccolte le mummie di un gran numero dei suoi figli reali, il mantenimento della pace con l'impero ittita ...more
Rosemary Paul
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: egypt, read-happily
I loved the whole series of these books. The detail and characterization of a historical personage such as Ramses I was amazing. The court life descriptions and the political backstabbing was representing most cunningly. The story gave an alternative answer to the question of how Ramses had over 100 children. His beautiful wife, Nefetari to whom he built a monument to at Abu Simbel.
Even the exodus of the Hebrews have been respectfully but interestingly written of.
I will be reading this book seri
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Oscar Chavez
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
EL ULTIMO LIBRO DE RAMSES AL IGUAL QUE LOS OTROS CUATRO TIENE PASAJES QUE SON RESCATABLES Y QUE VALEN LA PENA LEER,IMPORTANTES ASPECTOS SOBRE LA CULTURA EGIPCIA , COMO ESTUDIANTE DE ARQUITECTURA ME HAN SERVIDO ESTAS LECTURAS PARA ENTENDER MEJOR LA ARQUITECTURA DEL ANTIGUO EGIPTO Y ESTOY SORPRENDIDO DE LO QUE ENCONTRÉ EN LAS PAGINAS DE RAMSES..
Alejandra Aristizábal
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The West, a concept of resting and retiring transversal to the book, is now the final character of the saga; in the form of a smiling woman that releases a tired old body form his burden. Finally, the Son of Light rests in peace.
Guido Henkel
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A worthy bitter-sweet closure to the saga. This entire series was a blast, filled with great information about ancient Egypt and historic figures that truly come to life. The plot lines is always engaging and turns this fictionalized history into a real page turner. Highly recommended.
Rafaela Serôa
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The whole Ramses series inspires the sacred and the beauty of the Egyptian golden tradition, very true and lovely.
Robyn Schultz
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved the whole series of these books
Fil
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
E finalmente, dopo quasi 15 anni,... ho finito la saga.

Libro semplicemente imperdibile per tutti gli appassionati d'Egitto.
I rimandi alla realtà sono molteplici e sempre molto precisi.

Libro consigliato anche agli amanti dell'avventura con solide basi storiche (un po' alla Ken Follet).

Libro sconsigliato a chi odia omicidi, magie, cobra assassini e cerca personaggi molto spessi.
侯 二六
相較於前幾部,最末一部所容納的「時間」長了許多。賈克人物平板、關係不合理的問題依舊:瑪荷被描寫成一個無理取鬧的呆瓜,蒲菟海琵完全無法跟自己的女兒溝通,不合理吧?過度強調妮菲塔莉,伊瑟的犧牲顯得毫無價值……亞俠的終場,和洋槐樹下的拉美西斯,這兩段是比較精彩的部分。賈克能夠以極佳的氣氛為故事收尾,卻難以道出人物自身的情感,非常可惜。

另外,喜歡《埃及三部曲》的讀者,應該注意到女主角在《皇后之愛》、《洋槐樹下》都有登場。
Rouslan Chimeea
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fitting end to an epic series! I wish the story continued. You grow so accustomed to the characters and the little world created by the author, it was excellent! I might compare reading this series to reading the Harry Potter ones. Give it a try if you liked that one.
Sue
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent ending to a great series!
José Ramón
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La conclusión de la colección. Interesante, pero sin duda no la mejor obra del autor.
Antonny Bustamante
Una gran historia, llena de información y costumbres del antiguo Egipto. La mejor forma de terminar esta pentalogia que volvería a leer con gusto
dennis046
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read in Dutch.

The final part of Christian Jacq's Ramses series. I bought the whole series once on a book market for 5 euros total, money well spent! I read the series in between other books in the last couple of years, and finished the last part a week ago on holiday. It was a great series to pick up a part when I didn't have anything else to read. I will shortly review the whole series here.

The first part of the five starts off with the child years of Ramses, the person who would later become o
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Kat Kirkpatrick
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've read a book that moved me to tears. In fact, I can't remember the last book that moved me so much.

Under The Western Acacia is the last in a five-book series about the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, called "Ramses the Great." I've read reviews elsewhere, all of which complain that the whole series is dry and boring. Most seem to want to blame the translator, but even the best translator cannot make a dull story interesting. This is an extremely interesting s
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Sam
So, the last in the Ramses series. Since it's based on a historical figure, the ending didn't come as much of a surprise.... I'm not quite sure what to think about this one. It covers Ramses' later life, so although there are things going on, it's somewhat slower than previous books. It didn't help that there wasn't much of my two favourites, Ahsha and Setau, in this one either. On the whole, I do wonder if this could have been combined with the fourth in the series, since, as with that one, the ...more
Graham Crawford
Aug 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
I deserve all the agony I got reading this trash! I am not a best seller person - so the cover label "THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER" should have put me off, especially seeing it was written in a font nearly the size of the book title. It was also a pity the version I picked off the library shelf didn't indicate this was book 5 in a series.

Nothing in this torrid little bodice ripper inspires me to go back to the earlier books.

Some reviewers have commented that the translation doesn't do the autho
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minna
5.9.2006
Jacw, Christian: Lännen akaasiapuun alla (Ramses, Sous l'acacia d'Occident, 1997)
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- Ensinnäkin: takakannessa on VÄÄRÄÄ tietoa et muka Ramseksen tytärtä puolisoks ku Ramsekselle se uus puoliso on tulossa... aika uskomatonta. Mut kirja on parin ed. tavoin jännä ja kai vois sanoo et samaa laatua. Nyt sitte sarja loppu. Mielenkiintoinen oli ja Ramses on ihailtava, Raamatun juttuja eri tavalla kerrottuna niin, että Mooses onkin "pahis". Sinuhen ku lukee ni voi varmaan sit tähän vertailla.
Jeanne
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une extraordinaire leçon d'histoire qui nous fait découvrir d'une façon romancée, l'ascention du jeune Ramses au statut de pharaon. Superbement écrit, ce roman nous plonge dans les grandeurs de l'Egypte ancienne ou l'homme cotoyait les dieux et les mondes invisibles, ou le peuple ne faisait qu'un avec la terre, ou les complots les plus subtils prenaient formes dans les coulisses du pouvoir. Un régal !!
Dominika Košútová
Well i wasn't impressed. The ending was quite boring and tedious. wasn't left with a great impression and i'm not even talking about few super annoying characters who i would slap in their face if i was there. The writing was fine but i had trouble believing in what the characters were saying. This is not a memorable book but it is still a good book if you want to dive into Egyptian culture and history.
Daniel
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought it was a solid ending to the Ramses story the Jacq has been telling through five books. The only unfortunate things about the book is that his writing style in presenting Ramses various challenges in his life did not change. It was as consistant as a history book. After a while it just was not exciting any more. And, even though I knew the history, it was sad to see one after another of his friends and relatives pass on. A good finish to the tale.
Anthony
Sep 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read this book only to complete the series. By this stage the characters remain one dimensional, and descriptions, paragraphs, etc are basically copies of what has gone before. There is some loss in the translation, as occasionally sentences just seem odd or don't make sense, however I only half paid attention throughout the book, as it just seemed like so much filler.
Michael
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
The last of five in the series. All five books were well written and told the story of Ramses from birth to death. I think all fiction is based in part on fact. This series spins an enjoyable story around the known facts of a king who lived a few thousand years ago. Reading the tale puts you there like a fly on the wall........mgc
Meg
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Reading this is French...last book in the series. Woohoo!!
Done, done....phew done. I am not a big fan of 6 book series, unless it is Anne of Green Gables. I survived. I learned a lot of untrue things about Ramses (his best friend was Moses!?) and some interesting stuff about Egyptology. It was good...but I wouldn't recommend...and I am not sure it was so popular at the Embassy.
Kat Kennewell
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I shouldn't compare one author with another like this, but I'd love Christian Jacq's novels so much more if he knew how to embellish and pad his novels like Wilbur Smith and Tad William do. Still an enjoyable story nonetheless.
Cathy
Jan 04, 2016 added it
I absolutely loved this series. A great insight into the world of ancient Egypt and the legendary character of Ramses, brought to life in a believable way whilst still maintaining the magic aura of the Pharoah.
Joana Souza
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this entire series. well, i actually love everything about the egypt, but this story was awesome. showed me a different side of the egyptian culture. and what's to say about ramses? greeeeat main character. sad that's over!
Russell Hall
Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it
And just when I thought the Hyskos were finished...Here they come to wreck the day!
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Christian Jacq is a French author and Egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book suite about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.

Jacq's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen, and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. He first visited Egypt when he was s
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Ramsès (5 books)
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  • The Eternal Temple (Ramses #2)
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