The Hippopotamus Marsh

The Hippopotamus Marsh After a gradual and mostly bloodless invasion Egypt has fallen into the hands of a foreign power known as the Rulers of the Upland Using subtle means of political power and economic country plunderi

  • Title: The Hippopotamus Marsh
  • Author: Pauline Gedge
  • ISBN: 9780143167457
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • After a gradual and mostly bloodless invasion, Egypt has fallen into the hands of a foreign power known as the Rulers of the Upland Using subtle means of political power and economic country, plundering its riches and slowly subverting its religion and culture.But there is one family in Thebes, claiming descent from the last true King of Egypt, that cannot accept the ruAfter a gradual and mostly bloodless invasion, Egypt has fallen into the hands of a foreign power known as the Rulers of the Upland Using subtle means of political power and economic country, plundering its riches and slowly subverting its religion and culture.But there is one family in Thebes, claiming descent from the last true King of Egypt, that cannot accept the rule of the foreign king Apepa Defying him becomes the only clear option for the persecuted yet proud Seqenenra Tao, Prince of Weset, whose shocking revolt sets in motion a series of events that will either destroy his family or resurrect a dynasty and an entire way of life for Egypt.

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    About “Pauline Gedge

    • Pauline Gedge

      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.



    422 thoughts on “The Hippopotamus Marsh

    • I have heard many authors in the past decade being touted as ‘the Queen of Historical Fiction’; in fact there must be a civil war going on, I see it bandied around so often. I’m a lifelong history nut and voracious reader, and yet I can definitively state that no historical fiction author I have read to date can match up to the majesty of Pauline Gedge.It is frankly criminal that this author is not better known. This is my third re-reading of Gedge’s trilogy about ancient Egypt’s 17th [...]


    • 4.5 starsLet me state, right off the bat, this is an excellent book. It is truly the standard by which all ancient Egyptian historical fiction novels should be measuredr the most part (I'll explain in a moment). The research is impeccable, thorough without being overwhelming and used appropriately (meaning that Gedge knows when to hold back and let the story take over and when to use her research to enhance/explain a scene). No info dumps here! The story itself moves along a brisk pace, the tens [...]


    • Bullet Review:Let's have a history lesson to put things into perspective.The last time I rated anything I read 5-stars: February 24, 2017The last non-fiction book I rated 5-stars: January 13, 2017The last fiction book I rated 5-stars: March 31, 2015 (and to be honest, the only reason I think it should get 5-stars is from its good message; I'm actually going to go right now to that review and revise to 4-stars)The last fiction book I rated 5-stars that makes me want to reread it RIGHT NOW: April [...]


    • Oh my god.If you gave me one word, just one, to sum this book up, it would be: epic. In The Hippopotamus Marsh, Pauline Gedge tackles (with all of her considerable skill and talent) one of the most defining moments of Ancient Egyptian history: the expulsion of the Hyksos, which led to the golden age of the Egyptian empire: the New Kingdom.It's a period I've long been interested in, but not one I've read a lot about as most of the books I've come across talk about the Hyskos as a short prologue t [...]


    • I randomly found Pauline Gedge while searching the list of Egyptian books. Hippopotamus Marsh was the only book my library had by her. I enjoyed this book, she brings Ancient Egypt alive during the time when the Hyskos are ruling egypt and the Tao family decides they want their birthright as the real Kings of Egypt back. For the first part of the book I didn't know if I was going to like it, then the things started hopping and by the end of the book I became entrenched with the characters Kamos [...]


    • My seemingly never ending quest to find a really good historical fiction story set in Ancient Egypt led me to this series. To my disappointment it was another dud. It did have potential as a story. It is a good period of history and stories of oppression and uprisings make for good reads. I thought the plot was a little lacking, there was a very long set up period and it could be said that the entire book is a preamble to the real story coming in the rest of the series, which I found to make the [...]


    • Historical Fiction set in Ancient Egypt like Child of the Morning. This one focuses on a family descended directly from former Pharaohs who have been displaced by conquerors. A monarch never rests easy around someone else who has a legitimate claim on power, so the story asks: what do you do when you're not a credible threat to the powers that be, but too much of a threat to be left alone?I again appreciated the historical education in terms of ancient Egyptian culture. It's not a typical settin [...]


    • I am a fan of Pauline Gedge's book. I am waiting with baited breathe for her last instalment in the King's Man trilogy to come out in mass market, but I must admit I was rather dissapointed in this book, the first of her Lord of the Two Lands trilogy.Now don't get me wrong I did enjoy it, but it was not my favorite of her works. It was rather dry , and the characters were for the most part whiny. Constantly bemoning their bad luck, disgrace, and fall from grace.It's a lot of repetition in the ac [...]



    • "The Hippopotamus Marsh" by Pauling Gedge is an engaging historical fiction that raises to life the Ancient Egypt in which it's characters lived. Gedge's prose is on point with the time period she depicts. All aspects of the novel combine to craft a beautiful story.Set during an Egypt in transition--not at its height nor during its final days as an empire-- "The Hippopotamus Marsh" gives an interesting, unique perspective on the majestic civilization.Some reviewers have said the novel moved too [...]


    • Excellent book! Historical fiction of Ancient Egypt. This follows the beginnings of the rise of the Tao family, who fought against the Hyksos pharoahs who had usurped the Egyptian throne. Fascinating portraits of life in Ancient Egypt and fully alive characters who drive the story.


    • This was fine, but didn't exactly bring ancient Egypt to life. It did pique my interest enough for me to find out more about the events depicted, but not enough to read the next in the series.


    • Oh my, such a fantastic read! The author weaves words with such flourish, that every time I read a sentence, it blends into a wonderful, dream-like narrative. I can imagine Ancient Egypt with the way she writes. First, it hurts that Seqenenre Tao was killed in battle. Second, Si-Amun's suicide is inevitable, but a sad reality during that time. Third, I like Kamose's grit. He never wavers on the path of righteous vengeance. Fourth, I have learned little bits of historical knowledge from this book [...]


    • 4,5 stars - English hardcover - Thanks Amy to let me read this book. History at his best ( in a novel). It is long ago I did read this novel. My neighbours in Maastricht gave it to me to read. I noted the reating in my agenda but there was no entery of remarks about the book. That is a shame I think, but at the time I Just had a little baby with who I totaly adore. Amy went home to the states and I live in Venlo now. I still hope to get a chance to read this books again! They realy are good! [...]




    • . 1560BC the Egyptians found themselves ruled by a foreign power, the Setiu, more commonly known as the Hyskos (from Asia. Came into the Nile Delta). They had found their way into the fertile Delta region of Egypt and settled there. Over time, they slowly removed all authority from what was already a weak Egyptian government. The entire invasion was achieved through subtle political and economic coercion, and was relatively bloodless. They became known as the Fifteenth Dynasty. During the mid-Se [...]



    • This was just really hard to get into. I think that somebody obsessed with Egyptology would love this, but I was more looking for a story. This book isn't very heavy on the story, it is more focussed on Egyptology.


    • I returned to Gedge after reading and enjoying the Eagle and the Raven 30 years ago as a teenager. I shouldn't have waited so long. She accomplishes with aplomb what so many authors of historical fiction fail to - present dramatic and engaging characters who are true to their time. The Tao family is rendered carefully and deliberately. We see them through the eyes of the other family members, and often through their own thoughts. Gedge pulls off the difficult trick of rendering their strongest t [...]


    • Th8is is the first book in a trillogy about the end of the seventeenth dynasty when the Egyptian pharaohs have been ruled by the Hyksos, a more advanced asian people, for about 200 years. THe Hyksos have allowed the old royal family to continue to rule the southern part of Egypt in name but the new Hyksos Pharaoh feels threatened by the family and makes ridiculous demands of them. One demand is that they kill all of the hippopotamus and fill in their marsh as their noises are disturbing his slee [...]


    • The language is beautiful and the research is meticulous. My only reason for not giving it five stars is that its characters are always aware of their own importance and the great solemnity of their obligations. There's little humor here. That's not unreasonable. These are men with huge battles to face, and hard choices to make. First Seqenenra, then his twin sons Si-Amun and Kamose in turn, strive to regain the divine throne that their ancestors lost. This is not mere greed for power. The curre [...]


    • I discovered Pauline Gedge’s writing on a bitterly cold Christmas Day a few years ago, but the first book I read was her latest work at the time, The Twice Born. Now that I’ve read almost all of her work, I definitely prefer her earlier works. They’re much faster paced and the characters are far more interesting. Her earlier works definitely have less of a literary novel feel and more of an epic historical fiction feel.The Hippopotamus Marsh is the first book in the Lords of the Two Lands [...]


    • I suspect that unless you're an Egypt nerd (like me) this book would be boring. It's hard to tell apart the characters sometimes. There's Aahotep, Ahmose, Aahmes-nefertari, Kamose, Ramose, and you get the idea. It's all historically accurate though, so I can't fault the author for that. It's a slow-starter of a book but by the end, I was reading under the covers to find out what happened next.Of course, this is the first book in a big, epic trilogy, so nothing is wrapped up.Why only four stars? [...]


    • 3.5 starsI love Pauline Gedge's HF but this trilogy is my least favourite of those books. Ruefully I noted that she had dedicated the whole trilogy to Kamose (one of the main characters) who she felt was maligned (and often forgotten) by history; she hoped she had been somewhat instrumental in rehabilitating him. So I am sorry it was my least favourite of her stories; I very well understand finding a historical figure who is represented as bad in some way but whom I can see as merely human or mi [...]


    • Pauline Gedge heeft overduidelijk haar best gedaan om het oude Egypte zo goed mogelijk tot leven te wekken. Ze maakt de rituelen begrijpelijk, de personages levend en de opeenvolgende situaties logisch, ondanks de duizenden jaren en duizenden kilometers afstand tussen ons en het verhaal.Soms zijn de zinnen echter wel erg lang en klopt de interpunctie niet, waardoor het noodzakelijk is om terug te lezen. Daardoor hapert het verhaal.Tevens mag de vertaalster haar grammaticale vaardigheden bijspijk [...]


    • I only have one complaint about this book, but unfortunately it's a big one. It's the first book in a series, and it doesn't stand well on its own. I enjoyed the feeling of being immersed in a culture that I only had known a little about, and I do feel that the author fleshes out her characters well. But the book ended before it ever reached its climax, and to know how the plot turns out I'll need to commit to reading the next book. I don't mind reading series, but I am irritated that this first [...]


    • The Hippopotamus Marsh by Pauline Gedge demands attention with its personal characterizations and its realistic plot line. One wonders how much of it is true history and how much fiction but the answer doesn't matter. Seqenenra Tao, his true rulership subject to the foreign conqueror Apepa, is goaded into rebelling and thus subjecting his family to war to regain their standing. I look forward to volumes two and three as Kamose moves forward with his destiny. Hurrah for Gedge!


    • I've only just discovered Pauline Gedge and I am absolutely thrilled - she writes Egyptian history as though she were an eyewitness. Beautiful, compelling story that is superbly written.If you haven't yet discovered Pauline Gedge and you enjoy historical novels then I highly recommend beginning with this series - it won't be your last.


    • Great read. It's one of those books that slowly becomes more and more captivating the more you read. I am glad it did not have the typical plot I expected. Instead I find interesting turn of events, a rounded exploration into the characters. It seems almost obligatory now to find the next two books in the trilogy and continue my exciting literary adventures in the ancient backdrops of the Nile.


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