“The Three Novels of Ancient Egypt” by Naguib Mahfouz was recommended to me by a wise poet/philosopher king who lives in the nether region of Bordeaux last time I was visiting France. I recently read the first of the three novels – “Khufu’s Wisdom” and am currently tackling “Rhadopis of Nubia”.
This winner of the nobel prize is part Wilbur Smith “River God” and part Herodetus with its inquiry into the culture, social and philosophical layers of ancient Egypt and parlayed as an an adventure history that leaves the reader yearning for more.
Set in ancient times along the Nile and transitioning back and forth between Memphis and the alternate cities in lower Egypt, this “short story” depicts the life of pharaoh and the structures within the upper crust of Nile aristocracy. Its very entertaining and provides a spectacular view into the day to day life of Egyptians from thousands of years ago.