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  • Taschenbuch: 818 Seiten
  • Verlag: St Martins Pr; Auflage: Reissue (5. Februar 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312945973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312945978
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 3,1 x 19,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (98 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 170.057 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"The brutality of life in ancient times is everywhere evident in Taita's tale, which involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It's clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period."– Booklist

“Gallops swiftly through the action and flying blood his fans have come to relish. Brightly colored, sweeping escapism.”— Kirkus

"A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled." – San Francisco Chronicle

“A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile.”—Denver Post

'An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings ... richly written ... packs in the action ... excellent.' – Weekend Telegraph

'Superlatively evocative....Smith`s descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and [River God] has relentless momentum.' – Observer

'Big, brave and blockbusting ... brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile.' – Mail On Sunday

'Grand mythical material.... the set pieces are fabulous.' – Times Literary Supplement

“High adventure . . . There is never a lull in this majestic novel, one filled to overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite color.”—Washington Post

"An epic… Smith joins the ranks of one of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels."--Tulsa World

“Vivid and fascinating ... packed with passion, war, intrigue and revenge...The details are intimate, inspiring ... The author makes you see it, hear it—even smell it. —The Orlando Sentinel

 “Vivid detail... Sumptuous storytelling... A feast!”—Detroit Free Press

 “Involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It’s clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita’s case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period.”—Booklist

 “Compulsively readable historical novel...containing all the standard elements of great adventure—intrigue, romance, greed, cruelty, and furious action.”—Publishers Weekly

“A full-blooded epic.”—The Times

 “A page-turner...few novelists can write action scenes that all but leap off the page the way Smith can...his detailed portrait of ancient Egypt is fascinating.”—Anniston Star (TX)

“Like a good action movie, the book ends with a show-down…well-written and entertaining.”—Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

“Compulsively readable...contains intrigue, romance, greed, cruelty, and furious action...rewarding and satisfying.”—El Paso Herald-Post (TX)

“An epic novel of ancient Egypt, a great adventure with all the right ingredients: victories and defeats, secrets and revelations, life and death, reverence and godlessness, hate and love.”—The Des Moines Register

 

Synopsis

Loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather to pay homage to their leader, but Taita - a wise and formidably gifted Eunuch slave - sees him only as a symbol of a kingdom's fading glory. Beside Taita stand his proteges - Lostris and Tanus. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von nmc am 12. Mai 2000
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River God is one the best books that I have ever read. It is a wonderful example of the imagination of Wilbur Smith. I have read three of his books so far, including the sequel to River God, and River God is the best of the three. The book is a combination of love, fear, desperation, leadership, and triumph. The main plot is the love between Lostris, the wife of the Pharoah of Egypt, and Tanus, a commander of an army of Pharoah and a trusted friend of the narrator. The story is told from the perspective of a lowly, yet loved and respected slave named Taita. His mistress is coincidentaly Lostris and he helps to maintain the love between her and Tanus. All through the book, the two lovers try to secretly share their love. The story goes on through battles not only between nations but between individuals. It is not only another "love conquers all" book with mushy, romantic love scenes, but is also a book that offers a historical perspective of ancient Egypt. It is obvious throughout the novel that the author went to great lengths to research the topic and make it sound so truthful you would think it wasn't fiction. One of the best aspects was that it held my interest more than any other book that I have ever read. I was not able to put it down. Wilbur Smith is an expert at making the reader seem that he or she is actually a character in the book. The emotions of the characters were explained wonderfully with the use of metaphors and similes. They were portrayed throughout the novel and it was as though I was actually there seeing the battles and landscape and experiencing the love and hate. I laughed and cried and just plain thouroughly enjoyed the entire book. I strongly recommend it for anyone old enough to handle detailed war scenes and love scenes.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Doug Vaughn am 7. Januar 2000
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One can quibble about the historical innacuracies in Smith's The River God and be a bit put off by the the lead character's propensity to be smarter than anyone else in the story, but really - is this a great story, or what? A departure for Smith, whose previous books focused almost exclusively on his native South Africa, this book deals with Egypt 4000 ago. But as typical of his novels, this one speeds along with great action and wonderful characters.
Taita, the brilliant eunuch slave who narrates the story, is an inspired creation. Larger than life while being, as a eunuch, somewhat removed from the passions that move many of the characters in the book, he is the perfect spectator/participant. He sees and understands everything and his inventions and interventions move the plot in unexpected ways. The book meanders a bit because it follows a whole life and its many turnings, but it is fascinating at every juncture.
This simply is one of the most FUN books I have read in years. Being transported to an unfamiliar time and place, and having that milieu come alive so vividly - to be able to vicariously experience the rise and fall of pharohs, cities, kingdoms, suffering and success - this is the best kind of vacation from the ordinary world we inhabit.
I highly recommend this book. It is intelligent, exciting, creative and memorable. What more could one want?
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Rayjay am 26. April 2006
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After a 20-year hiatus I once more bought a couple of WS books to read. I had enjoyed them as a young man but even then his over-the-top characters had become a bit tiresome, the storylines predictable. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up 'River God' as it my first WS book not dealing with sub-saharan Africa. It turned out to be a wonderfully entertaining novel, well-researched as always.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 22. Januar 1997
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Ancient Egypt is one of my hobbies. I collect books, non-fiction and fiction, that have anything to do with it. I picked up Smith's River God and gave it a try. I was horribly disappointed. The storytelling is decent, although there are not enough characters to sustain believability (a pharaoh's entourage was never *that* small!) and the main character, Taita, is just unsufferably smart --he invents everything short of the microwave oven.
The history is atrocious, and that is where the book condemns itself. Not only are there numerous anachronisms (glass-blowing, shadoufs, etc), but this is the first time I've seen an author not use the rich tapestry of Ancient Egyptian history: this book is about a dynasty that never existed. Not only are the Hyksos represented as a tidal wave (borne on the innovation of the war chariot), which is nothing like what actually happened, but we see, in the course of the story, an entire city's worth of Egyptians uproot themselves and travel upstream along the Nile to somewhere in Ethiopia and back. What is unforgivable is that Nubia is shown as uninhabited, a wilderness, whereas in reality it was a vice-royalty of Egypt, nearly as heavily settled (in the Late Period, there even was a Nubian dynasty), that would later give rise to the great civilizations of Meroe and Axum.
When compared to the books by Silverberg (Thebes of the Hundred Gates), Jacq (The Judge of Egypt), Montlaur (Nitocris, Imhotep), Pratchett (Pyramids), Prus (The Pharaoh), Norton (Shadow Hawk), Morris (I, the Sun), Tarr (Lord of the Two Lands), Powers (The Anubis Gates), Saberhagen (Pyramids) and, above all, Gedge (her Scroll of Saqarra is a masterpiece!), this book deserves to be relegated to oblivion.
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