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King of Egypt, King of Dreams (Repost)

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King of Egypt, King of Dreams (Repost)

Gwendolyn MacEwen, "King of Egypt, King of Dreams"
2004 | pages: 333 | ISBN: 1894663608 | PDF | 13,1 mb

Writing to poet Al Purdy, MacEwen confessed she wanted her second novel to be "bulky, readable, and not overly mysterious." Unlike in Julian, however, here MacEwen sets out to write a serious novel that also functions as entertaining historical fiction. The novel's hero is Akhenaton, Pharaoh of Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty, who was the first ruler to introduce the idea of monotheism. As Rosemary Sullivan remarks in her biography of MacEwen, he was, like Julian, "one more human being filled with the god-lust." Akhenaton's single-mindedness in his quest for his own brand of reason is a paradoxical distillation of the artistic temperament: originality, fertility and beauty set against death and despair and an inability to love. With an afterword by the author's sister.

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