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Child of the Morning: A Novel by Pauline Gedge Hardcover

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  • Hardcover
  • 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)

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By A Customer on 8 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
A fantastically moving novel. The images were so vivid I really felt part of the novel. This book evokes so many emotions, I laughed and cried. I could not stop turning the pages. All the characters were brilliant, especially Queen Hatshepsut, as so little is actually known about this only female pharoah, yet Pauline Gedge has really brought her alive. This is a fantastic book, and the first Pauline Gedge novel I have read, I have now invested in 5 more! I study Egyptology, and find that this book is very realistic and very well researched, down to the smallest detail such as Egyptian clothing and food. AMAZING...MUST BE READ!
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This book is wonderful. It brought to life the wonder that was Ancient Egypt and the power of the woman who crowned herself Pharoah. I love the way that Ms. Gedge makes the reader feel to be a part of the story...I was able to feel the pain and joy of all the characters. As for the characters, they were all very real and complex; there was nothing two dimensional about any of them. I especially enjoyed the character of Senmut, watching him rise through the ranks to eventually become hereditary Prince of Egypt. All in all, this story is excellent and I highly recomend it.
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The perfect companion for all historical fiction enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

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.
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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
I had loved Egypt since I was a little girl, but, when I read this book, at 11 years old, I really decided to be an egyptologist. If you read it you can feel that you are living in ancient Egypt, that you are really there, and, that you are Hatshepsut`s friend. I think Pauline would have been her friend if they had live in the same time, just as any reader of the book would be. Now I'm 16 and I would like yo say thanks to Pauline because with that book she change my life. There's nothing else I can say.....It is the best book I've ever read.
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Originally published in 1977 - I read this wonderful book in the early 1980s - and it has remained in my top ten favourite novels ever since (Gedge's 'Eagle and the Raven', and 'Stargate' are also there with it). Looking back now after the passage of 30 years, one of the things that peaks my interest is that, when originally pubished, very, very little was known about the life and death Hatshepsut. In the intervening years, a great deal has been discovered - and for the most part Ms Gedge's view of events have proved to be amazingly accurate. Some aspects are still contentious, particularly relating to the death of the Pharaoh-Queen - but given the track record (in this, and other novels) for getting lost historical incidents spot on - I'm happy to go along believing in the ending of the book - and the academics will have to prove to me that it's wrong!
(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.)
More, please!
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Pauline Gedge writes the most atmospheric, beautiful books on ancient Egypt. You feel as if you are there and part of the living breathing people around you. She paints the picture of the time, place, and people whether peasants or kings believably.

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.
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