Spend 24 hours with the ancient Egyptians.
Ancient Egypt wasn’t all pyramids, sphinxes and gold sarcophagi. For your average Egyptian, life was tough, and work was hard, conducted under the burning gaze of the sun god Ra.
During the course of a day in the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor), Egypt’s religious capital, we meet 24 Egyptians from all strata of society – from the king to the bread-maker, the priestess to the fisherman, the soldier to the midwife – and get to know what the real Egypt was like by spending an hour in their company. We encounter a different one of these characters every hour and in every chapter, and through their eyes see what an average day in ancient Egypt was really like.
Author: Donal P. Ryan
Publisher: Michael O’Mara
Series: 24 Hours in Ancient … #2
Genre: Non-Fiction/Historical Non-Fiction
Release Date: 18/10/2018
My Chosen Format: Kindle
My Rating of ’24 Hours in Ancient Egypt’: 3 out of 5
My review for the ’24 Hours in Ancient Rome’ book can be found: HERE
This was a book that, as far as loving and disliking it goes, was quite divisive. One the one hand, we have the same great format as we did in the ’24 Hours in Ancient Rome’ book. Each chapter focuses around the job/role/daily life of one individual in Ancient Egypt and, by the time the full 24 hours are up, you have a good understanding of how life may have been all those thousands of years ago.
And then, on the negative side of things, you have the combined failings of author and editor as the writing switches between past/present tense far too often. Sometimes it does this in the same paragraph and you’re just left scratching your head at how such dreadful use of the English language managed to get through into a finished copy that I have paid for.
The tense switching didn’t totally ruin it for me, as I just put it out of my mind as best I could. I found that my love of the subject, and the good, in-depth knowledge that was being showcased was enough to keep me engaged. If you are the sort of person who would find the constant switches from past/present tense infuriating, then it could well ruin the book for you. Despite the ancient goodness on offer.
I think the final nail in the coffin of embarrassment comes during the acknowledgments where the editor is thanked … I mean, it would have just been just disappointing if the editor hadn’t been thanked, but it went from disappointing to embarrassing given the poor editing that went on.
As a whole I really enjoyed this book but did feel incredibly let down by the writing, hence why this didn’t score as highly as the Rome book did for me. I very much look forward to getting to the 24 Hours in Ancient Athens book as, Classical Greece, is perhaps my favourite time period.