- Publisher: Macmillan Company of Canada
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0770515207
- ISBN-13: 978-0803714625
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,501,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Child of the Morning: A Novel by Pauline Gedge Hardcover
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I loved this book from when I first discovered it in my teens. It's a novel of Hatshepsut, the only woman to ever reign as Pharaoh, and it's vivid and lush without ever being purple, conjuring up a distant land that was as, the forward notes, as ancient to the Caesars as they are to us--she ruled 3,500 years ago. Gedge does a wonderful job of bringing that land and its people to the mind's eye.
When Hatshepsut discusses her temple with her lover architect, Senmut (still in existence) it's described so well, it brought the pictures I'd seen of it to mind. Hatshepsut herself is strongly drawn--brilliant, charismatic, arrogant as she must have been to rule as a woman in those times. I understand there are aspects of the book that aren't historically accurate--but then this novel was written in 1977 and we've learned quite a bit more about Hatshpsut since then. I still recommend it. It's a gripping novel and does the work of good historical fiction, making you want to read books of history and archeology to uncover the real woman behind the portrait painted here.
(What I'd love now from Ms Gedge is a novel of Smenkhare - of whom I've seen an interesting, complex, and quite convincing theory that (s)he might actually have been Nefertiti - thus the second woman Pharaoh.)
This book is a recreation of the life of one of the most unlikely real people of history: the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, a woman Pharaoh, who ruled for 22 peaceful, prosperous years. (NOTE: ignore the "product review" note on this book, its just not accurate.)
Little is known about the actual Hatshepsut as after her death those pharaohs who followed her did everything possible to destroy every remnant of her existance. Her name was gouged out of rock on palaces and monuments. Her face was destroyed in statuary. Her entire reign was, for many many years, a mere rumor.
Finally she was gradually rediscovered, and only last year her mummy was found, a great moment for Egyptian history.
Pauline Gedge has take the little that is known and put flesh and blood on the bare bones of the story as we have it so far. This book is so lovingly and beautifully drawn, Hatshepsut, the bright, happy child, the powerful leader, the lover of the commoner Senmut, has been made into a woman one would like to have known.
For me, this is one of my all time favorite books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the story but the physical book itself started to fall apart from the first few pages. Not a very sturdy book.Published 18 months ago by Helen
Great detail and even better story telling. You really feel like you are actually there, in ancient Egypt. Great read.Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by Someone
My only previous experience with Pauline Gedge's novels was reading 'The Eagle and The Raven' about 15 years' ago. I liked that, and have reread it several times. Read morePublished on 2 July 2011 by Rumpuscat
I'm writing this review on behalf of my wife. She studies some European languages and currently, she is reading the French language version of this book (Titled "La Dame du Nil")... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2010 by Mr. S. G. Fourt
Getting the sole bad point about this book out of the way first, some of the information on which Gedge bases the book we now know is inaccurate. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2010 by Iset
I think this book is great, I read it like two years ago, and I really love it, I am an ancyent Egypt lover, I am 17, and thanx to this book I realice how it was being a women in... Read morePublished on 24 April 1999