The Twice Born

The Twice Born Pauline Gedge
  • Title: The Twice Born
  • Author: Pauline Gedge
  • ISBN: 9780143052913
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Twice Born Pauline Gedge The Twice Born Young Huy s family is thrilled when his uncle offers to pay for the boy to attend a prestigious school at Iunu Thanks to his generous benefactor this farmer s son will now have a chance at a better l
    Young Huy s family is thrilled when his uncle offers to pay for the boy to attend a prestigious school at Iunu Thanks to his generous benefactor, this farmer s son will now have a chance at a better life as a scribe But once away at school, Huy is unprepared for the jealousy his easy success stirs in fellow pupils, and he becomes the victim of a vicious attack that leaveYoung Huy s family is thrilled when his uncle offers to pay for the boy to attend a prestigious school at Iunu Thanks to his generous benefactor, this farmer s son will now have a chance at a better life as a scribe But once away at school, Huy is unprepared for the jealousy his easy success stirs in fellow pupils, and he becomes the victim of a vicious attack that leaves him dead or so it would seem.His inexplicable return to life makes Huy a pariah, ostracizes him because of his visions of the deaths of those around him But priests believe his powers could be the key to interpreting the Book of Thoth, and Huy s newfound fame attracts the attention of Pharaoh Amunhotep It s only then that Huy begins to realize his power is not granted to him, but owns him, for he is no longer his own master He is the King s Man.
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    About Pauline Gedge


    1. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on December 11, 1945, the first of three girls Six years later my family emigrated to England where my father, an ex policeman, wanted to study for the Anglican ministry We lived in an ancient and very dilapidated cottage in the heart of the English Buckinghamshire woodland, and later in a small village in Oxfordshire called Great Haseley I grew up surrounded by countryside that I observed, played in, and grew to know and love passionately, and I wrote lyrically of its many moods.My father had his first parish in Oxford, so in 1956, having passed the eleven plus exam, a torture now fortunately defunct, I attended what was then the Oxford Central School for Girls I was a very good student in everything but mathematics Any academic discipline that is expressed and interpreted through words I could conquer, but math was bewildering and foreign, a maze of numbers and ridiculous symbols with which I had nothing in common I liked chemistry, because I was allowed to play with pretty crystals and chemicals that behaved as if they had magic in them I studied the violin, an instrument I struggled over and gave up after two years, and the piano, which I enjoyed and continue to play, along with the recorders Music has always been important to me.Then in 1959 my father accepted a parish in Virden, Manitoba, and the family left for Canada After three months at the local high school, I was sent to a boarding school in Saskatchewan It was the most dehumanizing, miserable experience of my life In 1961 I began one inglorious year at the University of Manitoba s Brandon College I did not work very hard, and just before final exams I was told that my sister Anne was dying I lost all interest in passing.Anne wanted to die in the country where she was born, so we all returned to New Zealand She died a month after our arrival, and is buried in Auckland The rest of us moved down to the tip of the South Island where my father had taken the parish of Riverton For a year I worked as a substitute teacher in three rural schools In 64 I attended the Teachers Training College in Dunedin, South Island, where my writing output became prolific but again my studies suffered I did not particularly want to be a teacher All I wanted to do was stay home and read and write I was eighteen, bored and restless I met my first husband there In 1966 I married and returned to Canada, this time to Alberta, with my husband and my family I found work at a day care in Edmonton My husband and I returned to England the next year, and my first son, Simon, was born there in January 68 In 1969 we came back to Edmonton, and my second son was born there in December 1970.By 1972 I was divorced, and I moved east of Edmonton to the village of Edgerton I wrote my first novel and entered it in the Alberta Search for a New Novelist Competition It took fourth place out of ninety eight entries, and though it received no prize, the comments from the judges and my family encouraged me to try again The next year I entered my second attempt, a bad novel that sank out of sight Finally in 1975 I wrote and submitted Child of the Morning, the story of Hatshepsut, an 18th Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh, which won the competition With it came a publishing deal with Macmillan of Canada and the rest, as they say, is history.


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    1. Re Read March 2013 Really good character study Ishat rocks.I discovered Pauline Gedge eight years during a trip to Montreal I brought Child of the Morning and loved it This book, The Twice Born is her best work to date.The book does not have much physical action, so if you are in the mood for battles between huge armies, this book doesn t have it What this book does, and does well, is offer a mediation on fate Huy is the twice born He died and came back He can now see into the future and commune [...]

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    2. Minor spoilers ahead This book can be mediocre or brilliant depending on what you really need in historical fiction The author has certainly taken up the story of an interesting personality Unlike most of the historical fiction centred in ancient Egypt, this one is not about a royal personality, but about the son of a lowly farmer, who goes on to become a powerful man, and even had temples built for him and was worshipped as a direct link to Amun.Huy is a peasant boy in Egypt living under the re [...]

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    3. A young peasant boy in ancient Egypt has a loving uncle pay for his schooling to become a scribe However, while at this school, the young boy Huy becomes the victim of a vicious attack by the school bully and he diesbut miraculously comes back to life after 5 days in the House of the Dead While he s been dead he travels to the Hall of Judgement in the Egyptian afterlife and is surrounded by gods and goddesses who offer him a gift of seeing the future and helping his country He accepts their offe [...]

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    4. Twice Born is Pauline Gedge s twelfth novel, eight of which were inspired by Egyptian history It s another of her richly detailed portrayals of the lives of farmers, slaves, nobility and priestly classes of ancient Egypt Several of her novels have won awards so it s no surprise that her books have sold over six million copies worldwide and been translated into 18 languages Twice Born is the first of a new trilogy about Huy, son of Hapu Known in history as Amunhotep, he was a real and significant [...]

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    5. As I ve stated before, Gedge is my go to author when I want a dose of absolute escapism Twice Born lives up to that expectation As always Gedge s story crafting is lush, bringing to life the heat and press of ancient Egypt.In this novel Gedge unfolds the story of a god cursed blessed boy who, through a violent death and subsequent resurrection, finds himself the unwilling recipient of the gift of prescience The underlying story of implaccable destiny is an elegant counterpoint to common human st [...]

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    6. Great, great book If you like historical fiction based in ancient Egypt you will love this one I plan on reading everything else by Pauline Gedge.

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    7. URGENTE NO LEAS LA SINOPSIS contiene Spoilers que not e dejaran disfrutar al 100% la lectura, solo te puedo decir que trata de un joven, conocemos su infancia y adolescencia y como regresa de lso muertos con poderes de adivinacion, de ahi a disfrutar la historia que contiene, amistad, amor familiar y sentimental, traicion, decepcion, aventuras en rios y ciudades, trabajo y educacion, reconstruccion historica de egipto, una historia muy completa, te encari as mucho con los personajes, principalme [...]

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    8. tough to get through, kind of plodding Hard to believe the protagonist, as a 4 year old, has the characteristics the author imbues.certainly no 4 yr old I have ever met But as the story is mostly fantasy, why not it this realm as well May or not read the next one.

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    9. Se pierde La historia es interesante pero llega un momento que se va Parece ser que ser una trilog a Los cap tulos que hablan de mitolog a egipcia llegan a ser un poco cargantes Y los ltimos dan la sensaci n de querer alargar mucho el libro.

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    10. An amazing journey into ancient Egypt.

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    11. my mother in law and I agree that there needs to be a corresponding cookbook to go with this series

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    12. Amenhotep, known as Huy son of Hapu, is an extraordinary figure in Ancient Egyptian history A scribe, priest, healer, high eventual and eventual god, he was a contemporary of at least four of Egypt s pharaohs, gaining fame and eventual divinity in the court of Amenhotep III All in all, he remains one of Egypt s most fascinating and mysterious figures.The Twice Born is the first volume in a trilogy that explores Huy s life, offering one theory as to his rise to being one of the pharaoh s most tru [...]

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    13. The universe is nothing but consciousness A modern twist on Ancient Egypt, both theologically and socially I didn t find the anachronisms unappealing Fantasy can t be historically accurate anyway While central to the plot, the fantasy elements are pretty tame by the way.This wordy book packs lots of plausible to the non specialist anyway details about the material aspects of daily life during the New Kingdom.Characters and relationships struck me as less plausible They re on the whole very well [...]

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    14. Well, here it is the book that started my obsession with ancient Egypt I received this book on a bitterly cold Christmas Day and the lure of a story in a nice, warm climate was too hard to resist.When I first began reading The Twice Born, I tried to take what little I knew about ancient Egypt and apply it to the novel But then I let go and surrendered myself to Pauline Gedge s slow but compelling narrative The novel opens when Huy is four years old, a selfish and spoiled child, but drops hints a [...]

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    15. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Pauline Gedge breathes such life into her characters So often, characters from Ancient Egypt are treated either as dusty artifacts or, at the other end of the spectrum, superheros Gedge s characters are real they work, they love, they worry They have many of the same family issues as we do today Her research into life in Ancient Egypt is absolutely remarkable and she weaves these facts effortlessly into the narrative The downside is that there is rarely any explana [...]

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    16. I just love Pauline Gedge and her vivid descriptions of ancient egypt This is the first of a trilogy and I have just started on book nr 2 so I donot yet know the sum total of experience this set will give but so far it is most promising Huy, son of Hapu is born by peasant parents but by the grace of a wealthy uncle he is sent to school quickly learning and evolving into a bright and gifted student Jealousy and a particularly vicious attack from a schoolmate renders him seemingly dead and he is s [...]

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    17. Lots of good stuff Also Too long, too many periods of stasis Too much repetition of theme Occasional clunky sentences Not enough sense, for most of the book, of there being a world beyond the few people he knows Huy goes to a school with perhaps hundreds of boys, and basically two have names, his friend, and his enemy Almost no others ever even speak Similarly flat, too many characters announce to the protagonist who they are and what they will do for him.A mixture of pleasure and frustration.I [...]

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    18. I always have and always will enjoy Pauline Gedge s work She and Wilbur Smith bring the beauty and mystery of Ancient Egypt right to your door and let you sink away into it.The Twice born is the first book in the King s Man trilogy, a series that follows a young boy named Huy who was killed and resurrected by the with the gift of Sight to lead Egypt the way they with it to be led.Huy is resentful of his gift at first and uses it misguidedly, but over time becomes accepting of it and uses his gif [...]

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    19. It s like someone threw me into a time machine Pauline Gedge is THAT good When you read her historical novels set in ancient Egypt, the details of that long last life are seamlessly woven into the narrative I fell in love with Gedge s work when I found Child of the Morning in the bargain books section on for my birthday I am now avidly collecting her Egyptian stories.Twice Born is about Huy, a peasant who becomes one of Egypt s greatest men He goes to school at the temple of Ra, and catches the [...]

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    20. This book is probably great for budding Egyptologists and aficionados of ancient Egyptian history Having only a general knowledge of things Egypt gleaned from various documentaries on the history channel, I wasn t held in rapture by this slice 0f life story It feels like a biographical prequel, and while I m sure the next book s will be better and contain action, this story just felt like a plod through a history book instead of a story at times I wouldn t recommend this book for anyone looking [...]

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    21. Not at all a gripping novel Most of it boring and dull but got some better in the second halfIn the time of ThutmoseIII and AmunhotepIIThutmose II was husband of Hatshepsut 1479 1457 BC and father of Thutmose III 1479 1425 BC who came to the throne in infancy but During the first twenty two years of Thutmose s reign he was co regent with his stepmother, Hatshepsut Egypt was ruled by Hapshepsut until she died ThutmoseIII s son,AmunhotepII reign is usually dated from 1427 to 1400 BC.He mst likely [...]

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    22. A nice book to read I you want a taste of ancient Egypt Some ancient Egyptian details are rather accurate and I admire the writer for that but transporting the concept of Hermetic Gnosis into eighteenth dynasty Egypt Hermeticism is rather a Greek concept than an ancient Egyptian is a bit far fetched Being an Egyptologist myself I think the eighteenth dynasty has a lot to offer in terms of changing religious concepts And by this I do not mean the radical sun worship of Akhenaten but the ever chan [...]

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    23. Not the best Pauline Gedge I ve read, but I give it 4 stars because I love her books so much I really don t have much to criticize Mostly, it was just unnecessarily long I also found 4 yr old Huy unbelievable Other than that, I really enjoyed it Looking forward to the second book in the series.

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    24. I originally read Gedge s Lords of the Two Lands series and loved them, so when I started reading this one and it was just as good I couldn t have been happier A fantastic read for anyone interested in a very detailed Egyptian themed storey I personally loved how she involves the Egyptian gods into Huy s life.

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    25. I loved the entire trilogy of which this is the first book Pauline Gedge carries you right into the heart of ancient Egypt Her characters are well developed, so you care about what happens to them Her sense of the history of Egypt is not matched by any author of historical fiction I have ever read I love her exploration into the religious culture of ancient Egypt.

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    26. What can you ask of a book than it transport you to a place you have never been but make you feel at home, striding through the dusty towns and battling the fears and uncertainty of a future, becoming your own.

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    27. I read The King s Man series first then The Lord of the Two Lands series While out of chronological sequence it really helped understanding day to day life in ancient Egypt These are well written books that provide an engaging read.

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    28. Anyone who can spin a tale with such precise, specific knowledge deserves all due credit Making academic facts into an entertaining story gets my utmost respect I cannot wait to read the rest of the series although I ve still quite a bit to go in this book.

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    29. This was a well told story with great insight into everyday life in ancient Egypt The research that went into it is detailed and rich I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in well researched, realistic historical fiction.

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    30. Pretty good read just not very compelling I did appreciate all the character development though.

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