Pharaoh has ratings and 39 reviews. Hadrian said: A dense and wandering story about the fictional pharaoh Rameses XIII and his inability to manage. Pharaoh has ratings and 39 reviews. Deanne said: It was ok but very long winded, lots of side tracks and the main characters were difficult to like. The Pharaoh and the Priest (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus. It was the sole historical novel.
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The first half of the book was a bit more interesting than the second and I felt that the story truly enjoyable! Very interesting story of the way of life of ancient Egypt, with a lot of intrigues and revelations.
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Primer on Power”, The Polish Review pharwoh,no. The year-old Egyptian crown prince and viceroy Ramses, having made a careful study of his country and of the challenges that it faces, evolves a strategy that he hopes will arrest the decline of his own political power and of Egypt’s internal viability and international standing. Pharaoh, Prus’ only historical novel, is a study of political power and statecraft, set in ancient Egypt at the fall of its 20th Dynasty and of the New Kingdom.
The young protagonist Ramses learns that those who bolesllaw challenge the powers that be are vulnerable to co-option, seduction, subornation, defamation, intimidation and assassination. The Doll describes the romantic infatuation of a man of action who is frustrated by the backwardness of his society. I recommand this book to all historical fiction fans!
Well, no one can accuse the author of being too laconic or careless, but neither I managed to get to like the main character, nor get interested in the story. Bopeslaw Pharaoh is set in the Egypt of —85 BCE as that country experiences internal stresses and external threats that will culminate in the fall of its Twentieth Dynasty and New Kingdom. The characters prys well contured and pus.
Published January 1st by Hippocrene Books first published For some weird reason my last review was not saved, so I’m going to try to shorten it this time. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The second, is “to cheer up the hearts” ku pokrzepieniu sercwhich is written for example by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Prus’ vision of the fall of an ancient civilization derives some of its power from the author’s intimate awareness of the final demise of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ina century before bopeslaw completion of the novel.
Prus manage to ilustrate that period so vividly that you will think you have travelled back in time.
The novel is faithful to the XIX’s state of knowledge. Heronika rated it it was ok Jan 05, Prus, a disciple of Positivist philosophytook a strong interest in the history of science. Ochorowicz made available to Prus books on the subject that he had brought from Paris. I was so upset towards the end of the book when I figured out it wasn’t going to end happily the way I would have liked it to.
And it turned out to be a good idea because I actually liked it this time. Pharaoh comprises a compact, substantial introduction; sixty-seven chapters; and an evocative epilogue the latter omitted at the book’s original publication, and restored in the s. I’m j I was so upset towards the end of the book when I figured out it wasn’t going to end happily the way I would have liked it to. Egypt developed as long as a homogeneous nation, energetic kings and wise priests worked together for the pus good.
Examples of anachronism and anatopismmentioned above, bear out that a punctilious historic accuracy was never an object phafaoh Prus in writing Pharaoh. Asia rated it it was ok Feb 02, There are two major trends in Polish historical but still entertainment literature. Spiritualism inspired several of Pharaoh’ s most striking scenes, especially chapter 20 the bleslaw meeting at the Temple of Seth in Memphis between three Egyptian priests—Herhor, Mefres, Pentuer—and the Chaldean magus -priest Berossus;  and chapter 26 the protagonist Ramses’ night-time exploration at the Temple of Hathor in Pi-Bast, when unseen hands touch his head and back.
Pharaoh by Bolesław Prus (2 star ratings)
Unexpected ending, but again, the first half was more surprising. Chapter XLI, part 1. One of the best reads I had in months. We see a conflict, very early, between the young future pharaoh Ramses XIII and the chief priest and careful politician Herhor.
Paperbackpages. I was slightly less absorbed by the Pharaoh’s love interests. Justyna Matejek rated it it was ok Sep 08, One such dually-determined feature relates to Egyptian beliefs about an afterlife. The fact that Lykaon could be hypnotised and then see things which happened in other parts of Egypt seemed a little too convenient. When, in addition, the energy of the pharaohs and the ;rus of the priests were dissipated in a flood of Asian profligacy and these two forces began between them a struggle over the monopoly of fleecing the people, Egypt fell under the power of foreigners, and the light of civilization that had burned for several thousand years at the Bo,eslaw expired.
Chapter LXI, part 2. The book was great, but the first half of better. For some weird reason my last review was not saved, orus I’m going to try to shorten it this time. Achieving success with these, he went on to employ a broader canvas; between andhe completed four major novels on “great questions of our age. Preparatory to writing PharaohPrus immersed himself in ancient Egyptian history, geography, customs, religion, art and writings.
Except in wartime, the book has never been out of print in Poland.