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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jocelyn Murray
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 July 2014
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B00M3AIYNK
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Khu: A Tale of Ancient Egypt Audiobook – Unabridged
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There is a clear juxtaposition between good and evil in this tale and the author deals with each of these differently. Khu, like his adopted father, Mentuhotep, is an idealised character, one “completely without guile,” with “jewelled eyes” showing “nothing but sincerity.”
In contrast however the author allows herself far more creative freedom for her villains. Khety, the rival ruler, is a fascinating character study. Whilst we see him at first as a traditional Machiavellian; ruthless, scheming and bent on power, we are soon given glimpses into his soul and find him to be a tortured individual motivated by jealousy “heartache, pain and misery.” There are several villainous characters in the tale and the author seems to delight in writing about each one. The most truly terrifying of all is Ankhtifi, Khety’s enforcer, a psychopath devoid of warmth and humour and a man whose reputation “preceded him with the stench of death.”
Overall, I found Khu: A Tale of Ancient Egypt a most enjoyable and informative read, so much so I plan to read more by this author.