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For Tanus, the fair-haired young lion of a warrior, the gods have decreed that he will lead Egypt's army in a bold attempt to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. But Tanus will have to defy the same gods to attain the reward they have forbidden him, an object more prized than battle's glory: possession of the Lady Lostris, a rare beauty with skin the color of oiled ceder-For Tanus, the fair-haired young lion of a warrior, the gods have decreed that he will lead Egypt's army in a bold attempt to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. But Tanus will have to defy the same gods to attain the reward they have forbidden him, an object more prized than battle's glory: possession of the Lady Lostris, a rare beauty with skin the color of oiled ceder--destined for the adoration of a nation, and the love of one extraordinary man.International bestselling author Wilbur Smith, creator of dozens of highly acclaimed novels, draws readers into a magnificent, richly imagined saga. Exploding with all the drama, mystery and rage of an ancient and bygone time, River God is a masterpiece from a storyteller at the height of his powers....

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River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt Reviews

  • Henry Avila
    2019-04-18 02:02

    The mist clears, the clouds roll out and the fog lifts, looking down, the Nile appears. Its blue waters, dominate the desert land, like a Lion, over a savanna. And the hot sun, is always shining, bringing excruciating heat, which not even the Egyptians can tolerate too long. The scene, ancient Egypt, the life giving river flows leisurely by, going north. But no human knows where it begins, in the south, if it does have an end there. The eunuch slave, Taita, loves Lostris, daughter of the evil Grand Vizier, Intef, of the kingdom of Upper Egypt (and owner of gentle Taita). Lord Intef, has his chief guard Rasfer, beat his slave brutally, for minor infractions, and Rasfer loves his work...The weak, tired Pharaoh, has let Lower Egypt, the delta kingdom, slip away , and now there are two Egyptian nations, in the 18th century ( B.C.)... But Taita has a viable rival, the imposing warrior, Tanus, rising star of the army, and he has noble blood, in his veins. The handsome eunuch is a genius, seemingly able to invent anything, he set his mind to (except one). The intelligent man, has such an overpowering love, for the lovely Lostris, she adores him too (Hapi , the River God, is her patron). He is happy, being a lowly slave, as long as he sees her every day. Naturally Lostris, loves Tanus, and he, reciprocates. The slave's best friend is, yes, that same man, this strange triangle will last, all their lifetimes. But during the feast of the great God, Osiris, in the exotic city of Thebes, with 250,000 souls , the largest on the face of the Earth. The king sees the daughter of the Vizier, in a play, written by Taita, inside the sacred temple. The teenage beauty, enchants him, the old Pharaoh Mamose, the VIII, marries her. She the heartbroken girl, becomes one of his 200 wives, he has no sons but many daughters, the dynasty must continue! Tanus, is devastate, along with her comes Taita, and becomes very useful to the Pharaoh, in his Nile River palace, on an island, many miles from Thebes. The talented slave, even begins to like the pleasant monarch, physician to the mighty king, architect to the building of his tomb. Which almost bankrupts the wealthy , desert kingdom, scribe, inventor, and fortune teller, he can do anything. He wished, it was true. Ruthless invaders from the east, the Hyksos, barbarians, invincible, with never seen animals (horses), pulling countless, strange vehicles (chariots). Having destroyed the red kingdom of the north, sacking its capital, Memphis, killing the usurper king, and now are coming up stream , in war galleys. With thousands of troops, by land , too, the white kingdom of the south, is doomed. After a bloody, battle defeat, the southerners must flee up the river . In their own boats, the fleet slowly turns away, heading southerly, from their island headquarters, a paradise in a turbulent world, green, with trees, in Egypt! The palaces are abandoned, Taita, Lostris, Tanus, the Pharaoh's son, and many thousands of others, are on board. As the Hyksos, pursue them, never stopping , the chase, and still a vague plan, to return someday . Floating, forever floating , the royal galleys, go up the endless river...

  • Ed
    2019-04-15 21:59

    How can you possibly resist a book about ancient Egyptians?River God was a pleasure to read. At over 600 pages it still managed to keep the action flowing right until the end and it doesn't hurt that Taita is one of the sweetest and most likable characters I've come to know in a long time.At first I wasn't too sure about this book. I bought it on a spur of the moment and didn't know what to expect from it. Taita comes across as a priss to begin with, and there is that question of how Egyptian society flourished for thousands of years without him, considering the fact that he invents just about everything. But the fact that he's a slave, and a eunuch, set him apart from the prototypical hero. He's not exactly what you'd expect from a slave, however, as he's well loved and respected and wields a good deal of power and influence. And his his being a eunuch means the book isn't filled with the gratuitous sex scenes which plague so many others of its ilk! He was lovely. Smart, resourceful, gutsy and loyal, and definitely not suffering from that irksome macho-man syndrome. He might be a bit vain, but we get to see his flaws too. And he's pretty. Don't give up if the first few pages don't grab you immediately. It should grow on you.The action just kept coming, and it's been a while since I was so hooked on a book, constantly wanting to know what happens next. It was an epic. Seriously. I loved it. Though the writing was a little cheesy at times, but it was still readable so that's a very minor quibble. There's something for everyone in this book. There were battles, wars, murders, marriages, medical emergencies, animals, gods, births, deaths, journeys, friendships, enemies... You won't have time to get bored.I can't vouch for the book's historical accuracy, although obviously I would expect Taita's story to be completely fabricated, but it didn't seem too far off the mark in general aspects of Egyptian life. Besides, authors are allowed to take liberties in historical fiction.I'm not sure how quickly I'll rush on to the next books in this series, if only because I want to preserve the memory of Taita as he is in River God. But this will certainly be a re-read somewhere down the line.

  • Gouty
    2019-03-31 02:03

    I don’t usually advocate the burning of books, but in this guy’s case I’ll make an exception. He has some of the worst, turgid, cliché ridden prose in the English language. This guy must have a cliché macro programmed into his computer. “Oooh! I need a cliché. What one shall I use? I think I’ll use F7.” I do not know how this guy got published, not even once but multiple times. If you come across a book written by this guy take it to a safe place douse it in gasoline and set fire to it. You will be doing a small part in making the world a better place.

  • Lizzy
    2019-04-04 23:16

    Ancient Egypt mesmerizes me and I lovedWilbur Smith's River God. Taita is a very likable character and narrates the story. Not an everyday model hero for sure as a slave and a eunuch. But he's brilliant, spirited and above all loyal, even if a little vain; and I specifically like flawed heroes. I can't judge it's historical accuracy and I read it as a work of fiction; I'm not knowledgeable about Ancient Egypt, but I don't think it matters here. It was a great adventure to read: the Egyptian Court decamps up the River Nile in their boats after the ruthless invasion by the barbarians Hyksos. Many years go by, and the Egyptians build a life in exile until they can finally return and reclaim their home. There are bloody battles, impossible love fulfilled and the coming of age of a new generation. And as we follow the river with Wilbur Smith's master writing, 600+ page-turner, we follow along an incredibly enjoyable "road-trip" story. Recommended!

  • Genia Lukin
    2019-04-25 01:00

    This book as written by Cecil B. DeMille.Enter TAITA, dark haired, gorgeous, excellent physique, good at everything. TAITA: I am a eunuch. but you can't tell, because i do weight-lifting every day.TAITA postures significantly. His expression is sombre, profound, behind his back the nile flows, a crocodile ambles out of the bushes.Enter LOSTRIS, nubile and gorgeous, dressed in saffron. [director's note: for God's sake, increase her age to 18, not even Game of Thrones got away with sexually portraying a 14-year-old girl]LOSTRIS: I am Lady Lostris, daughter of the Evil grand Vizier! I curse my luck for having been born so beautiful, so accomplished, and so utterly implausible,the daughter of a stereotypic villain! but I rely wholly on my friend and teacher Taita, who cannot be accused of pedophilia, having been incapacitated in adolescence.Suddenly enter TANUS, big and blond, holds out his arms to LOSTRIS, his arms full of longing.LOSTRIS: Oh, Tanus!TANUS: Oh, Lostris!The two clutch each other in their arms.TANUS: I love you, Lostris!LOSTRIS: I Love you, Tanus, but we cannot marry, because my stereotypical evil vizier father hates you, and will kill you! But it will be all right, because TAITA will fix it with his many awesome skills and magical clairvoyance.Enter INTEF and PHARAOH, concealing themselves in the corner, their faces in shadow, connive.INTEF: Oh, Pharaoh, in among all my other villainous schemes, I have found the time to propose that you marry my beautiful nubile daughter. Oh, by the way, if you could kill off Tanus for me? That'd be great, thanks.[Ominous music sounds as the wedding scene unfolds with at least three thousand extras, we can reuse the set of Cleopatra for that, or something]LOSTRIS: I want to die! LOSTRIS clutches a dagger in her shapely white hands, poising it dramatically over her throat - this is not in the book, but it makes good cinema. TAITA: My Lady! I can predict the future! I predict immense grossing at the film release! Please do not die! Also, I predict thatin five years you will be a convenient widow. LOSTRIS: Okay!TANUS and TAITA ride through a wind-swept desert, in the background, military march sounds. Enter a squad of ROBBERS, and a fight scene ensues. TANUS in close-shot, with his face set in determination, sword stabbing into an adversary, TAITA, in close shot, his face sombre. The ROBBERS are defeated.TANUS: Lord Pharaoh, we found the head of the bandits!PHARAOH: You did? Crap! I wanted you to die! Well, okay, who is it?TANUS points a ponderous finger at INTEF while drumrolls beat in the background. INTEF is dragged off and executed [plan for an additional three thousand extras here].LOSTRIS: Tanus....TANUS: Lostris....Fade to black.PHARAOH: I have a son![dies]For the next twenty years things develop exactly as you would expect them to.TANUS: Luke, I am your father!The End.Reviewer's Note: The book would not take much adjustment in order to make such a film. In fact, the writing is evocative of ponderous Hollywood close-up shots, emotional drama with all the most cliched loves, temperaments, betrayals and twists (who didn't see the issue of Lord Intef vis-a-vis the robbers coming?) and characters that are FABULOUS, with all caps.I struggled through it, I am still not sure how.

  • Allison
    2019-03-25 00:08

    River God is one of those historical novels that broke open a whole new world to me. I have been to Ancient Egypt, lived, lost and triumphed there, and then resurfaced in my own time as if coming out of a vivid dream. The images are still with me, but what makes it truly wonderful is the main character, Taita. He is the star of this book, not the two star-crossed lovers who dominate the book description. Taita is a slave, a eunuch, but a highly educated and privileged one. He's an artist, an inventor, a scholar, a physician, a strategist, and more. He's a genius at the middle of everything important, driving it all from the humble position of a trusted, good-natured slave. Taita can do almost anything, think a way out of most situations and turn them somehow to advantage. But there's a sense of tongue-in-cheek to his abilities at times that makes me think he's laughing at himself just a little even though his attitude is one of natural superiority. He thinks the world of himself, but is also compassionate and selfless. What a great character. I loved seeing events through his eyes, seeing his curiosity and his innovations and ideas, and what fruit they bore. I loved the steadfastness and depth of emotion that he felt for those he loved, and those relationships made the history much more poignant in the end.Yes, Taita's pretty much perfect, and Tanus and Lostra are also beautiful, godlike, and amazingly talented and well-loved. Readers who prefer their characters to have many shades of gray might have some qualms. This is not full of gritty realism, but is more akin to a heroic epic with characters that are larger than life. In a time when heroes could be elevated to god status in the eyes of the people, I didn't find this to be out of place.I almost forgot to mention the adventure, the machinations, the betrayals, the hunts and the battles. Life on the Nile is wrapped all around it, teeming with life yet unmarred by humans. There are many opportunities for barbarism and civilization to clash and mingle. There are gruesome deaths aplenty that don't allow you to forget the savageness of the times (including many animals). Just in case you think it might be boring following the life of a noble slave-genius. I was mesmerized.

  • Art Tirrell
    2019-04-17 01:59

    ONE OF THE BEST ADVENTURE NOVELS OF MODERN TIMESOnly drawback; it's long, too long, but for sheer imaginative scope, Wilbur Smith's River God tops everything I've ever read. The story is narrated by the charming eunuch slave Taita, whose secret passion for queen Lostris surprises - until we learn Taita reached manhood before being castrated in order to render him "safe" for service in the harem. He retains his passion, artistic drives and incredible ego, and the exercise of these alone are entertainment of the highest order. After his responsibility to the queen, Taita's primary task in life is to oversee the creation of the treasures the pharaoh will carry to the next life. Along the way - if you believe Taita's egotistical and often condescending reports (and I loved believing) - he engineers the cutting of stones for the pyramid, personally carves the most exquisite of the golden treasures to be entombed with the ruler, influences most of Pharoah's decisions, protects his friends and destroys his enemies and oh yes, devises equipment and tactics which make the army invincible. Ultimately, however, the Hyksos arrive, an enemy whose primary weapon - the horse - is unknown. The hoard drives toward the capital city, defeating the Pharoah's forces wherever they are met and finally it is necessary for Taita to oversee putting everything of value aboard barges and direct the flight to the south. In the high place where the Nile valley ends and the vast plain of Africa begins, Taita and the remnants of the royal family go into hiding while Taita, deprived of his pyramid, struggles to conceive a way to create a safe tomb. Here, unfortunately, Smith has essentially exhausted his story material. The lengthy narrative covers decades, and becomes a relatively colorless telling of events - and as the end sections set up the precedents for The Seventh Scroll, (second novel in the sequence), of unfortunate necessity everything must be kept suitably vague. We never learn where the pharaoh is finally buried, and the whole story kind of subsides rather than coming to a rousing end. It doesn't matter. What has already gone has left the imagination reeling and sated. There's also the story that awaits in The Seventh Scroll - I had no idea what it would be, but let me tell you, it knocked my socks off. If you are tired of the same old same old, I suggest you buy River God and treat yourself to a read that will stir your imagination like no other. If Wilbur Smith lived on Lake Ontario, he'd have written "The Secret Ever Keeps". He lives in Africa, so I had to do it for him. If you love Smith, you'll love "The Secret Ever Keeps".

  • Hugo
    2019-04-12 23:17

    Há dez anos foi-me oferecido o livro A 11ª Praga. Não fazia ideia que era o quarto de uma série. Li-o e adorei, fiquei encantado com o Egipto Antigo de Wilbur Smith e com o génio Taita. Foi sem dúvida um grande incentivo para me aventurar por outras leituras. Este ano decidi finalmente comprar todos os outros livros. River God (O Deus do Rio, Ulisseia) é o primeiro. Taita é um escravo e eunuco ao serviço do odioso Lord Intef, mão direita do Faraó Mamose. Na verdade é Taita que cumpre as funções de Lord Intef. Dotado de uma inteligência soberba e perspicácia, ele é arquitecto, curandeiro, professor e engenheiro, afirmando muitas vezes ser o mais sábio de todos os homens do Egipto. É essa sua qualidade de polímata que retira algum entusiasmo da leitura, com Taita na equipa nada corre mal. Apesar de tudo, o livro é uma aventura fantástica, com alguma precisão histórica, por isso recomendo a quem estiver interessado em cenários e épocas diferentes do habitual.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-08 06:25

    A decent story about life in egypt around 2000BC is marred by hamfisted writing. I didn't hate the book, but i sure hated parts of it. In general the story isn't bad, but the writing made me cringe at best, and annoyed or angry at worst. It is full of 2-dimensional characters who never change (or change from one flat personality to another), constant deus ex machina (in the form of actual egyptian gods) and somewhat creepily sexual writing that is out of place and excessive.River God is narrated by a slave Taita, who, the way the book tells it, is the pinnacle of human life. He is amazing at everything he does and touches - writing, invention, music, invention, military strategy, architecture, sculpture, invention, painting, invention, science, weather prediction, cartography, astrology, fortune telling, invention, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. He is more annoying in that he's in no way modest; since he's narrating, he constantly tells you how good he is at everything, not that he's trying to brag. And i shouldn't forget to mention how amazingly beautiful he is, irresistible to men and women. Basically if Taita had not existed, Egypt would have collapsed 4000 years ago.The writing is better than the DaVinci Code, but not by much.

  • Debbie Zapata
    2019-04-15 02:26

    When I marked this book as currently reading, I was surprised to see that at some point I had rated it five stars. I know I have read one of Smith's Egyptian titles, but I am not certain it was this one. I think I must have slapped those five stars onto it back when I first joined GR and did not understand the system. I remember in those days going through lists and happily marking any book I either owned or recognized. Silly me. Some day I will make myself a shelf of all such books and then re-read them to see if my beginner's enthusiasm can stand up to proper scrutiny.But meanwhile I am admitting defeat with this book and marking it a DNF for now. It is interesting, but very raw and bloody, with detailed and disgusting torture scenes that turned my stomach. This all in the first 60 pages, too. I've read quite a few of Smith's other titles and while he is wonderful at heart-stopping adventure, he is a bit crude. Sometimes I can deal with that, but not at this point in time.I may come back to this some day. Meanwhile, in the interests of being fair to both myself and the book, I'm dropping my five star rating to three. And in the future we will see if that will stand. For now it seems fair enough.

  • Jwala
    2019-04-05 23:14

    I only read this book because it was highly recommended to me by someone. River God is supposedly about an epic journey and enduring love. Soap Opera history.I dont know much about Egyptian history, so I am not sure which historical elements within the book are accurate or inaccurate but the plot seemed a bit formulaic and I cant believe protaganist's utter perfection and endless accomplishments and talents. He single-handedly invented or saved every single aspect of Egyptian history and art. He never took a bad decision throughout the book. How anyone can claim realism with this character is beyond me. I didn't mind the length though, because the book is easy to read and action-packed. I agree with my friend who called it a bad history but a good fiction.I did not like it much but may be if I had read this when i was 12 I may have loved it.But I still think its worth a read.

  • (KFK)Juliene2010(KFK)
    2019-04-17 23:24

    This book was one of the most amazing books to have ever graced literature. That may only be my opinion, but I believe it to be true.The book had action, drama, comedy and of course a bit of sexual story as well. The book had many different fights and wars in it. Tanus was a skilled and vicious warrior and killed without hesitation. Tanus had skill, discipline and love for a woman. Taita also had the same love for the same woman and yet they were best friends. They both fought many battles both emotional and physical. Tanus used his brute strength to kill all that threatend him, his love and Taita. Taita loaned his vast knowledge and wisdom to Tanus to use and help both of the men. With this combination many foes fell at their knees with plenty of blood too.In this book both Taita and Tanus loved Lord Intef's daughter Lostris. Lostris was beautiful and kind, both men yearned for her. They were also best of friends and Taita knew of Tanus's and Lostris's love and had to face it everyday.Although there was love drama there was also the drama of Taita facing his fears and becoming stronger and killing a pharoah who only hurt.This book takes you on Taita's journey through pain as wells as many others.Even though there was blood,fighting and drama there was also comedy.It seems a bit hard to believe, but there was.Taiata's had his balls cut off so he could never know the pleasure of sex...I know it's cruel and all. but it was so so funny.Taita also had a very quick wit and made many comments and little gestures to make people feel stupid and like idiots.Also Taita constantly had a smart comment that was just plain funny.This book is one of my favorites and is excellent and very well written.I read this book while I was on punishment and I am glad I got to read it.If anyone is interested in Egyptian books and mythology then read this book.

  • WH
    2019-04-21 00:58

    Rhodesian born author Wilbur Smith is not as well known in the US as in the UK and many other countries throughout the world. However, his first major novel was published in 1964 and since that time he has written over 30 additional titles with sales exceeding $65MM. His historical fiction and adventure novels have continually received high praise, maintained a strong following, and for those who were fortuitous in starting a library collection of his earlier works, provided a fairly good return on their financial investments.This novel RIVER GOD, first published in 1993, is the lead book of a 4 part Egyptian series. Set nearly 2,000 years BC, it chronicles a transitional period of approximately 40 years. During a time leading up to Egypt’s conquer by eastern savages using strange beasts and a seemingly floating apparatus (wheeled chariots pulled by horses), to the eventual over throw of the invaders. Of the half dozen books I’ve read by Wilbur Smith, this is one of my favorites so far. He undertakes sufficient amounts of research to provide a reasonable degree of time, place, and events for his dialog and story line. While there may be a few new historical learning’s for novices of this period, the real purpose and draw is in the amazingly good and entertaining read. There is also the fact (at least for me) that he deals with subject matter that is different and creative; not something that corresponds to dozens of other current writers, becoming lost in a foggy array of sameness. It is not a literary masterpiece, intellectual or profound statement; it is just a good old fashioned, fun and engrossing book that pulls you in and one you can hardly put down until finished.

  • Antonio Rosato
    2019-04-15 23:18

    Ho riletto questo bellissimo romanzo dopo oltre vent'anni dalla sua uscita (era il 1993 e io comprai la prima edizione). Primo capitolo di un'avvincente serie di cinque romanzi incentrati sulla figura di Taita, uno schiavo eunuco che grazie alle sue abilità in fatto di medicina, pittura, ingegneria, tattica militare e tante altre arti, riesce ad emanciparsi e ad ottenere la libertà per mano della sua stessa adorata padrona, nel frattempo diventata moglie (a malincuore) del Faraone Mamose, ma da sempre innamorata di Tanus, il più forte guerriero d'Egitto. Tutta la storia è raccontata dal punto di vista di Taita, un po' come se il libro stesso fosse una sorta di diario personale in cui (come in quasi tutti i libri di Wilbur Smith) troviamo inganni, guerre e tradimenti ma anche, e soprattutto, Amore con la A maiuscola... quello bellissimo ma struggente (non ci sarà il lieto fine) tra la regina Lostris ed il suo amato Tanus. Infine, c'è da apprezzare l'ottima descrizione dei luoghi, delle situazioni (spettacolare la narrazione "in presa diretta" della guerra contro gli Hyksos) e dei personaggi; ma, allo stesso tempo, come non criticare (ed è l'unico elemento negativo di tutto il volume) la troppa dovizia di particolari nelle scene di sesso o violenza? []

  • Taufiq Ahmed
    2019-04-04 00:06

    প্রায় দুই মাস লাগলো বইটা পড়তে। এর আগে কোন বই পড়তে এত সময় লাগেনি আমার। এক টানা পড়ে যেতে পারলে তারার সংখ্যা আরো একটা বাড়তে পারত কিন্তু সময়ের অভাবে তা হয়ে উঠেনি। বইটা আমার কাছে বেশ অদ্ভুদ লাগলো। বই এর শেষ পাতায় উইলবার স্মিথের বক্তব্য অনুযায়ী বই এর মূল কাহিনীটা সত্য। যদিও বই উপন্যাস আকারে লেখার ক্ষেত্রে লেখক হিসেবে তিনি কিছুটা স্বাধীনতা নিয়েছেন। তবুও আমার বেশ অদ্ভুদ লেগেছে। বিশেষ করে টাইটা চরিত্রটা। তাকে অনেকটা বাংলা ছিনেমার নায়কের মত মনে হয়েছে আমার। সব কাজেই সে সেরা। আর তাকে উপস্থাপন করাও হয়েছে সেই ভাবে। প্রথমে কোন সমস্যার উদয় হয়েছে এবং এরপর সেই সমস্যার সমাধান হিসাবে সবচে সেরা ব্যক্তি টাইটা উদয় হয়েছে।তবে উপন্যাসটার সবচেয়ে অভাগা চরিত্র হল ফারাও মামোস। সবকিছু থেকে বঞ্চিত সে। নিজের ঔরস এর ছেলে সন্তান, স্ত্রীর ভালবাসা এমনকি অগাধ সম্পত্তি নিয়ে কবরে যাওয়া।সব মিলিয়ে এটা একটা মাস্টারপিস।

  • Rebecca Huston
    2019-04-02 23:27

    For me, there's always a bit of trepidation when I pick up a novel set in Ancient Egypt. If I'm lucky, the book has plenty of research, an engaging story, and few anachronisms. Then there's this heap of steaming dung. There is so much to this one that I detest, from the insufferable perfection of the lovers Lostris and Tanus, the narrator, Taita the Super-Eunuch, and host of pretty much forgettable side characters. When the Hyksos attack Egypt in their chariots, the Egyptians are shocked and horrified. It's up to Taita to solve the problem and rescue the country and he does it all without hardly breaking a sweat. That's the problem with this one -- the main characters are so, so perfect. And what with all the errors -- blondes in Egypt? Really? -- I was so glad to see this book finished. Others may find it enjoyable, but I found this one to be a chore. Only three stars, and only somewhat recommended. For the longer review, please go here:

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    2019-04-22 02:16

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  • Marci
    2019-03-26 06:08

    i really liked this book. Taita is an incredible character. this was def. a page turner, i am running to the library today(im not allowed to buy more books unless absolutly nec. yes, i am a book a holic!) to pick up seventh scroll and warlock because i read at work and cannot bear to not have a book to occupy my time btwn xraying patients! the story was very authentic from what i know about egypt. and i was surprised to read Mr smith's note at the end that it was based on a true archeologic find and taita was possibly an actual person that just fueled my fire to read the other books in this series! This was very well written.

  • Giuls
    2019-03-29 01:10

    Devo dire che ho trovato questo libro abbastanza noioso. Anzi, decisamente noioso.La lettura non scorre affatto: per riuscire a finirlo mi sono dovuta sforzare tra ieri sera e stamattina.Ciò che mi ha dato più fastidio è lo sviluppo della trama: scorre lentissima su certi avvenimenti, con pagine e pagine che trattano di pochi giorni e righe e righe che raccontano delle invenzioni di Taita, seguite da pochissime pagine in cui si parla di combattimenti e simili, che poi sono i punti che più mi sarebbero interessati.Per quel che riguarda i personaggi, devo dire che non ce n’è stato uno che mi sia piaciuto. Taita in particolare l’ho trovato abbastanza odioso e pieno di sé: ok che sembra essere l’unico egiziano con un po’ di cervello e qualche idea, ma sembra davvero un Dio sceso in Terra che sa fare tutto e tutto benissimo, e ovviamente non fa che vantersene! Mamma mia che nervi!Gli altri personaggi, anche quelli abbastanza principali, proprio non mi hanno fatto né caldo né freddo e alla fine mi sono sembrati tutti di sfondo alla grandezza dello schiavo.L’unica cosa che mi è piaciuta del libro, il motivo per cui le stelline sono 2 e non 1, è la ricostruzione del mondo dell’Antico Egitto, un mondo che mi ha sempre affascinato e che in questo libro mi ha stregato.Peccato per tutto il resto…

  • Marlene
    2019-04-25 03:02

    I didn't give this book even a part of a star because I think that if you dislike a book so much that you can't read it, it doesn't deserve even a glimpse of a star. I read about a hundred pages of this book because it came so highly recommended, but I wished that I hadn't even read those. I was mostly offended by the graphic violence in those 100 pages. I'm for a book burning.

  • MrsJoseph
    2019-03-29 03:22

    I read this years ago. Years and years ago.Mostly all of what I remember is that I loved it. I hadn't a clue that it was a series. Another handful to add to Mt. TBR? We'll see. I'm afraid it might topple over and kill me, lol.

  • Laura
    2019-04-02 23:25

    The story takes place in 1780 BC in Egypt.The narrator, Taita, is a eunuch slave who tells the love story between Lostris, the wife of the Pharoah of Egypt, and Tanus, the commander of the Pharaoh's army. As historical background is the Hyksos invasion of Egypt.Once you start to read this book, you won't be able to put it down, believe me. The plot is fast paced and one never gets bored.

  • Tasnim DewanOrin
    2019-04-09 04:05

    প্রতারণা, ছলনা আর যুদ্ধের এক উপাখ্যান।

  • ArZo
    2019-04-14 06:13

    রিভার গড, ইতিহাসের এই অধ্যায়টির মূল রচয়িতার নাম টাইটা। এক নপুংসক মিশরীয় দাস, যে কিনা আজ থেকে প্রায় ৩৮০০ বছর আগে তার উদ্ভাবনী শক্তি দিয়ে গোটা মিশরের ইতিহাস বদলে দিয়েছিলেন। দশটি অ্যালাবাস্টারের পাত্রে নিবদ্ধ তার লেখা ইতিহাসের স্ক্রলগুলি উদ্ধারের পর লেখক উইলবার স্মিথ নিজের ভাষায় এই ইতিহাসকে আমাদের সামনে জীবন্ত করে তুলেছেন।মাত্র ১০ বছর বয়সে টাইটাকে যৌন দাস হিসাবে তৎকালীন মিশরের গ্রান্ড উজির ইনটেফের সেবার নিয়োজিত করার হয়। ১৬ বছর বয়সে এক পরিচারিকার সাথে শারিরীক সম্পর্ক স্থাপনের অপরাধে ইনটেফ টাইটা ছুরি দিয়ে তার পুরুষাঙ্গ কেটে নেয়। কিন্তু সৃষ্টিশীল মানুষের শক্তি কখনো শারিরীক প্রতিবন্ধকতায় বাধ মানে না। টাইটার গনিত, চিকিৎসাবিদ্যা, স্থাপত্যবিদ্যা সর্বোপরি বিজ্ঞান এবং দর্শন শাস্ত্রের প্রতি মেধার কারণে ধীরে ধীরে সে ইনটেফের সব থেকে কাছের মানুষের মাঝে একজন হয়ে ওঠেন । কিন্তু নপুশংকতা মানুষের শরীরকে অক্ষম করে দিলেও তার হৃদয়কে অক্ষম করতে পারে না। টাইটাও ভালোবাসে। জীবনের শেষদিন পর্যন্ত সে তার ভালোবাসার প্রতি অনুগত ছিলো । আর তার ভালোবাসার মানুষের নাম ছিলো লসট্রিস, ইনটেফের কন্যা। লসট্রিস জন্মের পর থেকে টাইটার হাত বেড়ে ওঠে। তার বয়সের সাথে সাথে তার ভেতরের অনুভূতিগুলোও অন্য এক শক্তিশালী পুরুষের ছোয়া পায়। সে ছিলো ট্যানাস। সেই সময়ের ফারাও মামোসের ব্যক্তিগত নীল কুমিরের বাহিনীর প্রধান । ইনটেফ ষড়যন্ত্র করে ট্যানাসের পিতাকে হত্যা করলেও ট্যানাসের বীরত্ব পুরো মিশরে তাকে আলাদা স্থান করে দিয়েছিলো। শুধু লসট্রিস ট্যানাসকে ভালোবাসেনি, ট্যানাসও উজাড় করে দিয়েছে নিজেকে লসট্রিসের জন্য। আর তাদের এই ভালোবাসার চির জীবনের সঙ্গী এবং সাক্ষী টাইটা। টাইটা তার জীবনের সবটুকু মেধা খরচ করেছিলো শুধু এই দুটি মানুষের সুখের জন্য তাদের ভালোবাসার জয়ের জন্য। যদিও শুরুতে টাইটার ভুলের জন্যই ফারাও মামোসের সাথে লসট্রিসের বিয়ে হয়। কিন্তু টাইটা বিয়ের পরেও লসট্রিসকে সব যন্ত্রনা এবং বিপদ থেকে আগলে রাখে। টাইটার চতুরতায় লসট্রিসের গর্ভে ফারাও মামোসের নয়, ট্যানাসের সন্তান ভূমিষ্ঠ লাভ করেছিলো। সেই সন্তান টামোস হয়েছিলো মিশরীয় ভূখন্ডের উত্তরাধিকারী। এদিকে ট্যানাস মিশরের চারপাশে ঘুণের মত মিশরকে শেষ করে দেওয়া শ্রাইক দস্যুদের সবাইকে নির্মমভাবে হত্যা করে। আর সে শ্রাইক বাহিনীর প্রধান আকহ শেথ ওরফে ইনটেফকে ফারাও মামোসের সামনে দোষী প্রমাণিত করে। কিন্তু ইনটেফ পালিয়ে যেতে সক্ষম হয়। তার জন্য মিশরকে একশো বছরের বেশি সময় ধরে মূল্য দিতে হয়। ইনটেফ সভ্য মিশরের যুদ্ধবাজ হিকসদের নিয়ে আসে। যে হিকসদের আছে উদ্ভুত এক অস্ত্র যুদ্ধযান যা মুহুর্তে মধ্যে শেষ করে দেয় বীর ট্যানাসের ৩০০০০ সৈন্যের বিশাল বাহিনীকে। ফারাও মামোস যুদ্ধক্ষেত্রেই মারা যান। সেই অদ্ভুত যুদ্ধযান যানের সামনে ট্যানাস, লসট্রিস এবং টাইটাকে অনেক বছর নীলনদের দেবী হাপির আদেশে পালিয়ে থাকতে হয়।কি ছিলো সেই অদ্ভুত যুদ্ধযান? ট্যানাস কি আর কখনো মিশরে ফিরতে পেরেছিলো? হিকসরা কি পরাজিত হয়েছিলো? মিশর কি তাদের সত্যিকারে উত্তরাধিকারীকে ফারাওরূপে ফেরত পেয়েছিলো? জানতে হলে পড়তে হবে ইতিহাসের এই বিরচিত উপখ্যান, রিভার গড।ব্যক্তিগত মতামতঃবর্তমান থেকে প্রায় চার হাজার বছর পূর্বে মানুষের ভেতর জন্ম থেকে গড়ে ওঠা প্রেম, বিশ্বাস, ঘৃণা, লোভ, ষড়যন্ত্র, বর্বরতা এমন কি সৃষ্টিশীল চেতনা যে খুব একটা পরিবর্তন হয়নি তার অনবদ্য উদাহরণ এই বইটি। বইটিতে দেবতাদের সম্পর্কে তেমন আধ্যত্নিক কিছু না থাকলেও একটা ব্যাপারে বইপোকারা ধাক্কা খাবেন সেটা হলো আমন রা ইন্দ্রজাল। যেটা টাইটাকে ভবিষ্যৎ দেখার জন্য অনুশীলন করতে হয়েছে বার বার এবং প্রতিবার এই ভবিষ্যৎবাণী যথার্থ প্রমাণিত হয়েছে। লেখক উইলবার স্মিথ কতগুলো স্ক্রলে আটকে একজন ইতিহাসের এক প্রভাবশালী এবং আবেগপ্রবণ মানুষকে মুক্তই শুধু করেন নি, অমরও করে দিয়েছেন ইতিহাসের পাতায়। বইটিকে একেকজনের একেকভাবে দেখতে পারেন, কারো কাছে এটা হবে লসট্রিসের আর ট্যানাসের ভালোবাসার গল্প, কারো কাছে মিশর আর হিকসদের যুদ্ধের গল্প আবার কারো কাছে হবে একটা প্রতিজ্ঞার গল্প, মহারানী লসট্রিসের করা মিশরে ফিরে আসার প্রতিজ্ঞা।আর অনুবাদের কথা বলতে অনুবাদ কাছে যথেষ্ট ভাল লেগেছে। এটুকু বলতে পারি বইটি পড়বার সময় বইপোকাদের অনুবাদ পড়তে কোথাও দক্ষ অনুবাদ উপস্থাপনের বাহুল্য না থাকলেও বিরক্তি আসবে না ।

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-03-27 03:20

    I'm having a throwback kind of read. This is the kind of book I spent much of my teens devouring - once I got tired of all those Mills and Boon romances with the throbbing thighs. Seriously as adults do we ever read anything with the kind of sheer abandon we had as kids? Well, I captured some of that fun these past couple of weeks.This is the first book in the Ancient Egypt pentalogy, and it was the recent publication of the latest installment that made me look into this series again. I am sure I've read this before, but it was so long ago that it did not diminish my enjoyment one bit. This book tells the story of ancient Egypt through the eyes of Taita, a slave, who seems rather like a cross between Einstein, DaVinci and Michelangelo's David. Yes, the writing is really ham handed, and over the top, it was written in the early 1990s after all, but I ripped through the 600 or so pages in no time at all. Pharaohs. Blinding beautiful women. Treason. Murder. Star-crossed lovers. The invention of the wheel. Journeys up and down the Nile. War. Bastards. And, it isn't technically a bodice ripper if no-one is wearing any clothes right? They do not write epic sagas like this much anymore, and while it will not be for everyone, I was delighted with the shenanigans of Taita, and the time I spent along the Nile during these cold winter days.

  • Dana Stabenow
    2019-04-10 05:12

    Wow! What a slam bang historical romance epic! Taita, slave and eunuch, tells the story of Lostris and her lover Tanus, lady and warrior of ancient Egypt. Lostris is sold into Pharaoh's harem, Egypt is overrun by Hyksos hordes with advanced technology in the form of chariots (with wheels, the first the Egyptians have ever seen) and recurved bows, Pharaoh is killed in battle, and Lostris leads her people south, to the source of the Nile, there to regroup and rebuild and return to reclaim Egypt for their own.Taita is a great narrator, he is vain and greedy and to hear him tell it is more multi-talented than Leonardo da Vinci. He also has a heart the size of Montana, he loves Lostris and Tanus and Egypt. For all his protestations of being no soldier he manages to be in the front lines of many battles, and his tales of them will have you on the edge of your seat.One of the best fictional roller coaster rides ever. I dragged my feet on finishing it until I had two of the three sequels (The Seventh Scroll and Warlock) in my hot little hands. (The only reason I haven't bought the fourth, The Quest, is because it has been published in that ridiculous tall paperback form that costs $10 and hurts your hands when you try to read it. I'll wait for the mass market, thanks.)

  • Eugenea Pollock
    2019-04-14 06:16

    I have long had a fascination with Egypt (as it was in the time of the pharaohs)--undergrad concentration in my Art History major, location of our 1992 25th anniversary trip. So when I found Wilbur Smith's series set in ancient Egypt, I had to give the first one a try. Caution: it's not for the squeamish. It's at times a brutal depiction of a slave-centered society in a violent primitive time in history. But its descriptive passages of royal hunts, musical entertainments, clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, warfare, etc. read like vivid panoramic tomb paintings. It was reminiscent of hero-tales about Beowulf, Gilgamesh, Achilles--magic, unlikely coincidence, star-crossed lovers, palace intrigue, evil villains, omens. I just really enjoyed the entire 800+ pages. Now I have to somehow manage to wait until the second book in the series arrives--ordered it today at B&N. WHY did they not have it??? Curses, foiled again.

  • Pebbles
    2019-04-15 02:00

    I've always been fascinated by Egyptian history but I fully confess that my fascination is more for the idea of it than for the actual history. When I started this book I realized I really didn't know all that much but my need for it was certainly fulfilled by this book.As such, I can't comment on the accuracy of the Egyptian history presented here...but I can say it certainly sounds good. I loved the characters, especially Taita, the slave that always seems to be in the perfect position to observe, comment on, and indeed influence the major events of the time. It is from his first person perspective that the story is told. The plot was engaging and certainly moved things along at a nice pace. I can easily see myself reading more from this series and this author in the future.

  • Natalie
    2019-04-24 23:08

    What can I say? The best thing about this audio book version of River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt is that it is S H O R T ! For some reason Dick Hill's voice acting for one or two of the characters here reminded me of the Chi Fu character voiced by James-Hong in Disney's animated version of the Mulan story. That is not necessarily a good thing since Chi Fu is the sort of character that everyone loves to hate because he is so annoying!

  • Karla
    2019-04-22 03:05

    A total page turner. It soaks you in the sights, sounds, and smells of Ancient Egypt. Good, bad, and ugly alike. It was a brutal age (arguably, it still is), and Smith mercilessly deals out the nastiness. It made me glad to live in this era (such as it is). The main protagonist is a great character, and the plot is intricate without becoming cloudy. I read it in something like 3 days. It's that good.