Die aktuelle Berichterstattung über weitere Funde/Entschlüsselungen macht das Buch noch spannender. Hier findet sich eine süffisant geschriebene, spannende Geschichte der schönsten Frau der Welt, viele Hintergrundinformationen, manchmal auch etwas Spekulation, aber immer mit Begründung. Sehr bunt, detailiert und farbig. Manchmal vermisse ich wohl ein kleines Glossar, aber auch so ist es verständlich. Ein sehr packendes Buch, das man in einem Zug durchlesen möchte und das die Erwartungen auf den Nachfolgeroman mächtig ansteigen lassen!
Having recently seen the famous bust of Nefertiti, part of the Ägyptisches Museum Berlin collection and currently on display in the Altes Museum my interest in the most famous Queen re-emerged. I could not resist buying this novel. And what a powerful novel that is.
Once you start reading it is very hard to put this book down. It is well written, rich with details and not only Nefertiti but a whole area of Egyptian history becomes alive, an area of a religious revolution. Palace intrigues, struggles for power and happiness, religious fights and domination capture the reader instantly. The story is told by Mutnodjmet, the younger half-sister of Nefertiti. Yes, it is a bit like "The Other Boleyn Sister" in this respect, but otherwise both books are only comparable as they intrigue readers from page one.
While in reality much is unknown about the descent and life of Nefertiti, Michelle Moran places Nefertiti and her family in a plausible way. I like especially that she does not creates Nefertiti and Akhenaton as the great romantic couple, but shows the Queen as a beautiful, but power-hungry, manipulative woman and arrogantly blind to the troubles arising. This is the arrogance of the powerful which ever so often is the cause for their downfall . Nefertiti is not the one you like, but still one finds her fascinating. Pharaoh himself shows all the signs of a religious fanatic, dangerous then as today.
All in all this is a book you should not miss. I enjoyed every page of it.
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4,3 von 5 Sternen
1,0 von 5 SternenSkip it
27. Januar 2016 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I feel like I just read a Wikipedia article on Nefertiti - one of the stubs that they warn you is incomplete. I read the other reviews before buying and thought, "Well, I'm not a literary snob, so I don't mind if it doesn't delve into Ancient Egypt. Plus I love 'The Other Boleyn Girl.' If it's like that book, but Egypt? Sounds great!"
Nope. Not great.
Moran prefers to tell, not show, so nearly all of the book is characters informing the protagonist that something has taken place, or the protagonist making illogical inferences: very little dialogue and/or action happens in real time. None of the characters show any growth; Nefertiti as a 15-year-old fiancee and Nefertiti the 31-year-old Pharaoh talk and react identically. The author takes a very shallow look at events, preferring to spend time on description rather than diving into the action. What action we do see is rushed and confusing.
The author also assumes every reader has a deep knowledge of Ancient Egyptian nobility. I went in with some knowledge about Nefertiti and a little bit about her heir, Tut, but that was all. Then, in the afterward, the author casually tosses in that the protagonist eventually ends up queen, alongside a man (who appears in the book) that she isn't married to in the book. ?!?! What?
All in all, it was never fun or engaging. The characters are flat and dull, there is almost no dialogue, and the action mainly happens off-screen. Not many redeeming qualities in this one.
2,0 von 5 SternenInteresting Time Period, But Not Good Storytelling
1. Juni 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Anyone who's ever been close to a sibling knows that sometimes these relationships get dysfunctional. Michelle Moran's Nefertiti looks at the Egyptian queen, famous for her loveliness, through the lens of her relationship with her sister Muhmodnjet. As Sister of the King's Chief Wife, Muhmodnjet (who was an actual historical person, if not especially well-documented) is uniquely positioned to be the narrator of the story: Nefertiti may be a queen, but she's still just her big sister, and Muhmodnjet has a front row seat to all the action of courtly life.
While Moran tells the story of an interesting time in Egyptian history (Nefertiti's husband, Amunhotep, moved Egyptian worship away from its principal focus on Amun to Aten, and even constructed a new city in the desert to replace the capitol of Thebes), she forgets to give us interesting characters. Nefertiti, groomed by her parents to ensure their continued prominence at court, is spoiled and almost irredeemingly selfish, while Muhmodnjet is mostly passive and somehow naive despite being raised by one of the highest political officials at court, always gasping at something that really shouldn't be that surprising. The king, who renames himself Akhenaten to reflect his religious convictions, is almost a cartoon villain: he murders his own brother at the top of the book and apparently thinks of nothing but his own glorification. No one is compelling or more than two dimensional.
And while some of it is surely incidental, when I was reading it, I found myself constantly comparing it to the (better) The Other Boleyn Girl, with the personalities of and the dynamic between the sisters echoing Gregory's book. Stories about the relationships between sisters don't have to be as rosy as, say, Jane Austen's work, and certainly plenty of real-life relationships of this kind are poisonous and fraught, but this one feels derivative and doesn't have any special insight or twist to share. I love books about the relationships between people: families, friends, romantic partners because they are often complex and moving. But this one brings nothing to the table and I'd recommend skipping it.
Told by Mutnodjmet, the younger of the half-sisters, this is the story of how the 15-year-old Nefertiti becomes not only Queen of Egypt but Pharaoh, reigning as co-regent with her husband Amunhotep IV. Both girls have been raised in a powerful family and are the nieces of Queen Tiye – wife of Amunhotep III – referred to as the Elder. Nefertiti is the queen’s choice for her son as it is hoped her strong personality will keep her future husband’s heretical desires in check.
Nefertiti is ambitious and sees herself as more than just one of the Pharaoh’s wives. Since Amunhotep III (also known as Akenhaten) already has a First Wife who is with child, Nefertiti does whatever she must to become the Pharaoh’s Chief Wife. She even does the unheard of thing: sharing a sleeping chamber with her husband.
As time passes, Nefertiti goes along with her husband’s plans to abandon the gods of Egypt and set up a new capital city in honor of Aten – a lesser known god. Both Nefertiti and her husband begin to believe that they are gods themselves. Behind the scenes, of course, she works for the betterment of all of Eqypt. She soon becomes beloved by the people although she is blind to the machinations of the priests of the disposed gods – they are plotting not only against Akenhaten but against Nefertiti as well. While she provides her husband with six daughters, she is unable to produce a son and heir; First Wife Kiya gives Akenhaten two sons – one of them being Tutankamun.
All good things must end and so too does the reign of Nefertiti who outlives her husband. Having lost several of her children to the black plague, she literally reveres her two remaining daughters. But in the end the plotting priests win. Or do they? Would history have been different if Nefertiti had lived to an old age?
Mutnodjmet, also known fondly at Mutny, is the quiet sister. A healer, a confidante, a source of calm, she is the only one who tells her sister the truth. It is she, Mutny, who will continue to raise the one remaining child of Akenhaten, his son Tutankamun.
This story held me captive from the first page. A well-researched account of the period of Nefertiti it drew me in to the sweeping vistas of Thebes and the Nile River while cocooning me with the soft silky sands of the surrounding desert. Vivid detail of life in this era brought the story to life.
Not being a student of Egyptian culture, I learned quite a bit of the story of Eqyptian culture from reading Nefertiti. I am now ready to read the next book in the series – Heretic Queen.
Five solid stars for this wonderful excursion into history.