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Nefertiti: A Novel (edition 2007)

by Michelle Moran

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Title:Nefertiti: A Novel
Authors:Michelle Moran
Info:Crown (2007), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 480 pages
Collections:Untitled collection
Rating:*****
Tags:Egypt, Power, Pharaoh, Queen, Nefertiti, Plague, family, armies, Hittites, King of Assyria, multiple wives, religion

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Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

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"And what do you think information can do?" I called after him.

"In the wrong hands," he replied over his shoulder, "it can do anything."


Thankfully this book was from the point-of-view of Nefertiti's sister, Mutnodjmet, because based on the portrayal of Nefertiti in this book if it had been from her point-of-view I would have given up on this early on in the book. In this book Nefertiti was like the Ancient Egyptian version of a soap opera diva. I couldn't stand her arrogance, selfishness, and the way she treated her sister. I kept wishing Mutnodjmet would stop letting Nefertiti boss her around. Later on in the book Mutnodjmet did seem to get somewhat of a backbone but the story was less enjoyable whenever Nefertiti was around.

Nefertiti was not the only character that lessened my enjoyment of this book. Amunhotep was a spoiled little brat. His antics, and Nefertiti's, got to be just too much at times. I really enjoy reading books about Ancient Egypt but when my annoyance with two characters begins to overshadow the story then there is a problem.

I cannot comment on the historical authenticity of the story as I have little knowledge of the historical figures in the book. What really saved this book for me was Mutnodjmet. I loved reading about her and loved where she ended up at the end. ( )
  dpappas | Sep 5, 2014 |
Ancient Egypt meets the Tudors! Michelle Moran makes Nefertiti a lot like Philippa Gregory's Anne Boleyn and Mutnojmet like Mary Boleyn from The Other Boleyn Girl. Still this is one of my favorite novels and the sequel Heretic Queen is just as good.
  CarriePalmer | Apr 5, 2014 |
Nefertiti for the CW crowd. ( )
  ComicGirl178 | Mar 14, 2014 |
4.5

Reseña de Fantasía Mágica


Cuando uno de tus autores preferidos dice que un libro es "de lectura compulsiva", hay que leerlo.

Se sabe muy poco sobre la verdadera historia de Nefertiti y su familia, hay mucha especulación y muchas versiones diferentes, por eso el trabajo de la autora rellenando los huecos vacíos me pareció muy bueno. Todo lo que es parte de la ficción tiene sentido y está enlazado de forma coherente y razonable. Hace sentir que los agregados importantes perfectamente podrían haber sido así como se cuentan.

El libro está narrado en primera persona pero no tiene como protagonista a Nefertiti, como esperaba que fuera. Quien nos cuenta lo que ocurre es Mut-Najmat (o Mutni), su medio-hermana menor. Vemos a través de sus ojos la ascensión al trono de Nefertiti luego de casarse con el faraón Amenhotep, matrimonio que esperaba desde su nacimiento por tradición familiar.

El amor que sienten las dos hermanas la una por la otra es inmenso, y Mutni no tiene ningún problema en vivir a la sombra de Nefertiti. No se siente celosa ni menospreciada sino todo lo contrario, ya que ella no desea para sí el tipo de vida que lleva su hermana como reina de Egipto. Mutni es su mayor confidente, y por eso se vuelve una de las mujeres más poderosas y respetadas a pesar de su corta edad.

Nefertiti, además de hermosa, es ambiciosa y muy astuta. Junto a su padre idean constantemente formas de mantener al pueblo a sus pies y al faraón interesado en ella, dándole gradualmente mayor poder a su familia.
Amenhotep por otro lado no está realmente en sus cabales. Nefertiti se encarga de alimentar y apoyar sus proyectos delirantes y verdaderamente faraónicos, entre los que se incluye cambiar el sistema religioso que Egipto abrazó durante 2.000 años para adorar a un único dios: Atón.
No pude dejar de encontrar un cierto paralelismo histórico con el rey Enrique VIII de Inglaterra.

Amenhotep, luego llamado Akenatón, está obnubilado con Nefertiti, a quien convierte en esposa principal. De todos modos el gran temor de la reina es que el faraón pierda su interés por ella y luego ser superada por la otra esposa, con quien tiene una rivalidad constante por la atención y por darle un hijo varón a Akenatón.
La historia de Mutni también es muy interesante. Ella intenta llevar una vida tranquila a pesar de vivir en el palacio. Es muy hábil con las plantas, por lo que pronto se hace una reputación de curandera que la lleva a tener gran popularidad. No pude dejar de sentir expectativa por ver si en algún momento la dulce hermana menor finalmente se cansa de estar siempre a orden y disposición de la caprichosa y nerviosa reina. Hay ciertos momentos de mucha tensión que se devoran.

Los momentos claves de la historia verdadera están muy bien hechos. A veces incluso resumidos en una simple línea de diálogo, como lo es por ejemplo el nacimiento de quien luego sería llamado Tutankamón.
Me gusta también que se narró el momento en que se realiza el famosísimo busto de Nefertiti, aquel que ha hipnotizado a multitudes por su belleza:



Se lee muy fácilmente, aunque durante muchas páginas me dio la sensación de que algo le faltaba. Luego me di cuenta de que no le falta nada. Durante toda la adolescencia de las dos hermanas el libro tiene una mirada un bastante juvenil y centrada en los embarazos de Nefertiti, pero con el correr de los años se vuelve mucho más madura, dura y seria mientras las hermanas se convierten en adultas. Este cambio se evidencia especialmente en Mut-Najmat, quien a pesar de ser la menor, crece mucho más rápido que Nefertiti. La reina conserva durante muchos años su temperamento aniñado y caprichoso, viviendo en su propio mundo, ajena a casi todo salvo a sus propios deseos y a los de su esposo, llenos de vanidad y egocentrismo.

No puedo dejar de preguntarme... ¿habrán sido así sus personalidades en la realidad?.
Es un libro más que interesante, con un descenlace impactante. ( )
  outlanders22 | Sep 21, 2013 |
An interesting perspective on this period of Egyptian history. My complaint against the book is that the character of Nefertiti was almost too unlikable. She never undergoes any sort of personal change, which causes the story to drag. The narrator, Nefertiti's sister, was a better character, though she didn't really start holding her own until more than halfway through the book. ( )
  Snukes | Jun 14, 2013 |
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To speak the name of the dead is to make them live again. --Egyptian proverb
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To my father, Robert Francis Moran, who gave me his love of language and books. You left too soon and never saw this published, but I think, somehow, you always knew. Thank you for knowing, and for your magnificent life, which inspired me in so many ways.
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If you are to believe what the viziers say, then Amunhotep killed his brother for the crown of Egypt.
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A National Bestseller!

“Meticulously researched and richly detailed . . . an engrossing tribute to one of the most powerful and alluring women in history.”
Boston Globe

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people but fails to see that powerful priests are plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, yet remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game; one that could cost her everything she holds dear.

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This fictionalized life of the notorious queen is told from the point of view of her younger sister, Mutnodjmet. In 1351 B.C., Prince Amunhotep secretly kills his older brother and becomes next in line to Egypt's throne: he's 17, and the 15-year-old Nefertiti soon becomes his chief wife.He already has a wife, but Kiya's blood is not as royal, nor is she as bewitching as Nefertiti. As Mutnodjmet, two years younger than her sister, looks on (and falls in love), Amunhotep and the equally ambitious Nefertiti worship a different main god, displace the priests who control Egypt's wealth and begin building a city that boasts the royal likenesses chiseled in stone. Things get tense when Kiya has sons and the popular Nefertiti has only daughters, and they come to a boil when the army is used to build temples to the pharaoh and his queen instead of protecting Egypt's borders.… (more)

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