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The Hippopotamus Marsh: 1 (Lords of the Two Lands) [Hardcover]

Pauline Gedge
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  • Hardcover: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569471916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569471913
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,230,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT..... 5 Sep 2000
A brilliant book that brings alive the majic of ancient Egypt. Followers of Pauline Gedge will not be disappointed with this most recent novel. Gedge paints a vivid picture of life in ancient Egypt and the characters are all depicted brilliantly. Gedge really explores her characters and brings them to life, especially Kamose, who very little is known about. With such little information on this ancient figure she has still managed to bring him to life as an emotional 3D character. I am waiting eagerly for the second part of this novel, becuase I couldn't put the first one down! I recommend this book to anyone...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gedge does it again 17 April 2001
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Pauline Gedge has been granted a gift. She has the ability to bring civilizations, long dead, to life through her words. Imagine that you are the ruler of a specific region of a country and that you receive a letter from your king, who lives several hundred miles away, which states that the noise made by the Hippopotami who inhabit your marsh are keeping him awake at night. What a ridiculous notion! Yet Seqenenra Tao must deal with a king who is just this irrational. Add to this mixture the fact that the king is a foriegner, a Setui or Hyksos as we know them today, and that in Seqenenra Tao flows the blood of the rightful pharoahic line of Egypt and The Hippopotamus Marsh, Gedge's masterful tale of revolt in Ancient Egypt, is begins. Truly, I couldn't put this book down until I finished it and I am finding the same thing to be true of the Oasis, which I am reading now. These characters are so well developed that the reader invests much in their lives.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hippopotamus Marsh 5 July 2000
By Standing In Motion - Published on Amazon.com
Once again, Ms. Gedge uses her papyrus time-machine to transport us back to a vivid and living ancient Egypt. We find ourselves walking among the sands of time as it slowly drifts between the late Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Dynasties. Egypt at this time has been occupied for nearly two hundred years by the Hyksos, foreign Asiatics who rule from the Delta city of Avaris. Apophis, the Hyksos king, delights in imposing ridiculous demands on the semi-autonomous Egyptian princes of the South. The straw that breaks the camels back, is an edict to kill every hippopotamus in the Nile marshes around the city of Thebes. This terrible task the Theban prince cannot bear, nor will he do. The prince is Sequenenre Tao II. This book is the first in a trilogy about the expulsion of the Hyksos from Egypt by the House of Tao. It is a compelling and imaginative saga, with brilliant twists and turns of historical fiction. Ms. Gedge lays a feast of alternative history on the palate that is sumptious and exotic. Enjoy! Book two of this trilogy "The Oasis", is scheduled for release in October of 2000.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Historical Egypt 20 Oct 2002
By Janet L. Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love historical fiction with its intrigues, plots, regal characters, and faraway times, get ready for a fabulous reading experience. And if Egyptian history is your thing, you'll be pleased with this investment.
This is the first book I have read by Pauline Gedge, and what a find. It certainly will not be the last. She has a wonderfully fluid writing style and the ability to breath life into her characters. You can't help but feel the intensity of their convictions.
Very entertaining and fast-paced. I have no need to retell the story...just make the time and soar into ancient times.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait for the next book!!! 16 Oct 2000
By confedjasmine - Published on Amazon.com
I love reading historical fiction because, when it's done correctly, we can live in a time that has past. "The Hippopotamus Marsh" is the first book by Pauline Gedge that I have read, and I will probably read some of her others. She writes so descriptively that you really feel like you are in the story. I will admit that the book is a little hard to get into. There are so many characters that a list and descriptions are at the front of the book, and I used it frequently at the beginning! Once I got into the story though, I was hooked! You feel for Sequenenra and his family and you want them to overthrow the King Apepa. I won't give anything away, I hate it when people do that, just read this book. If you enjoy historical fiction, Ancient Egypt, or a story about a family that loves each other, you'll like "The Hippopotamus Marsh."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Drama and pathos 7 May 2000
By Pat Savu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must for any Egpyptophile. Thoroughly researched, in this book Pauline Gedge brings to life the architechs of the the New Kingdom. Starting with the historically documented demand of Aposis to silence the loud hippotami at Thebes, the story moves rapidly into into the series of events that lead to rebellion of the native Egyptians against the foreign opressors of the Hyksos dynasty. There is the high drama of Sequenenere Tao hacked to death by the Hyksos on the battle field as his mummy testifies to when discovered in modern times and the pathos of the homecoming of his body to his family in Weset (Thebes). I can't wait for Volume 2.
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