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Seller: ancientgifts (4,493) 100%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382395449927 King of Egypt, King of Dreams by Gwendolyn MacEwen. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 328 pages. Publisher: Insomniac Press; (2004).. MacEwen sets out to write a deeply 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. Akhenaton's single-mindedness in his quest for his own brand of reason is a powerfully paradoxical distillation of the artistic temperament: originality, fertility and beauty set against death and despair and an inability to love. Author Gwendolyn MacEwen was born in Toronto in 1941. The author of numerous books of award-winning poetry, including A Breakfast for Barbarians, The Shadow-Maker and The T.E. Lawrence Poems, she also published novels, plays, travel memoirs and children's books. CONDITION: New oversized softcover. Unblemished except for very mild, almost imperceptible shelf wear to the spine head/heel (extremely faint rubbing). There is also is a black remainder mark (a "dot" drawn with a black marker) on the bottom surface of the closed page edges indicating that the book is unsold surplus inventory. The "dot" is not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with new (albeit “remaindered”) stock from a new bookstore wherein new books might evidence very faint shelfwear simply from being shelved and reshelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: In 1575 B.C. the Pharaoh Ahmose I of Thebes freed Egypt from the rule of the “foreign chiefs”, the Semitic Hyksos kings, pursuing them from their capital at Tanis to the southern frontiers of Palestine. The period known as the “New Kingdom” opened up with the Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty, a dynasty whose rulers included the “Pharaoh with breasts”, Queen Hatshepsut, and the famous conqueror Thutmose III, who carved out an empire in Syria and Palestine. During the reign of Amenhotep III (1405-1367 B.C.) Egypt was at the height of her glory, and foreign tribute poured in from the conquered nations of north and south. No less abundant than the wealth of Amenhotep was the wealth of the ruling priesthood of Amon in the capital city of Thebes, for Amon-Ra was supreme deity of king and state. The ancient capital of Heliopolis which had flourished in former days, and its sun-priests of Ra, had long since been eclipsed. The empire extended from Kush (Ethiopia) in the south, ruled by a viceroy of the Pharaoh; to Naharin, the northernmost frontier province on the southern border of the Mitanni. Mitanni, a kingdom populated by a Hurrian people from the region of what is now Armenia, and ruled by an Indo-Aryan royal house, played an important role in Egyptian politics, for it lay between the Hittite territories in the north and Pharaoh’s possessions in Syria, forming a kind of buffer state between the two powers. Some areas of Syria were dependent on Mitanni, while others (mainly the coastal areas) and Palestine, were divided into principalities with fortified cities presided over by local kings. Oftentimes Egyptian regents or “Watchers” were placed at the side of these vassals to ensure fidelity and the payment of tribute. During Amenhotep III’s latter years the Habiru tribes were attacking the eastern fringes of Palestine and causing havoc within the country. At the same time the Hittites had begun to gain a hold in northern Mitanni. However the son of Amenhotep III who inherited the throne and the empire of his forefathers was not a warrior but a priest. He ruled from 1367 to 1350 B.C. Later generations were to mutilate his monuments and level his royal city, striking off his name from the list of kings, and refer to him under their breaths as “the Criminal”. His name was Akhenaten., believed the father of Tutankhamen. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: The novel's hero is Akhenaton, the Pharaoh of ancient Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty who was the first ruler in history to introduce the idea of monotheism. If Gwendolyn MacEwen's “King of Egypt, King of Dreams” were a landscape, it would be a jungle of startling colors and strange sounds, dense vegetation and humid silence. If it were a dream it would be haunting and vivid and one would try to rouse oneself from it. The novel possesses both beauty and significance. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: An historical Egyptian tale surrounding the pharaoh Akhenaton, Tiy his mother and Nefertiti. The poet's second novel, a story of Pharaoh Akhenaton. MacEwen was deeply interested in ancient Egypt and quite knowledgeable on the subject, even going so far as to generally affect an Egyptian style of eye make up. It’s a vastly entertaining read, and illuminating as well. Though it is “fiction”, one comes away with a much better understanding of and appreciation for Ancient Egypt’s “New Kingdom”. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Condition: Brand New, Title: King of Egypt, Subtitle: King of Dreams

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