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Cheops Paul West

Cheops

Paul West

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ISBN : 9780641813214
Hardcover
261 pages
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Paul West, in his new novel Cheops: A Cupboard for the Sun, turns his attention to the 4th Dynasty (approx. 2680 BC) of ancient Egypt. Here, we find the pharaoh Cheops, building the great pyramids at Giza, surrounded by workers and solar boats.MorePaul West, in his new novel Cheops: A Cupboard for the Sun, turns his attention to the 4th Dynasty (approx. 2680 BC) of ancient Egypt. Here, we find the pharaoh Cheops, building the great pyramids at Giza, surrounded by workers and solar boats. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, a hundred thousand men were made to toil constantly for him, and, as Herodotus claimed, Egypt was plunged into all manner of wickedness. In Cheops, West delightfully has Herodotus transported back in time, to meet the great pharaoh, face to face. Nearing death, getting ready for his final transportation to the stars, the blind Cheops is obsessed with preparing for his end. All the while, the intrigues of his daughters, sons, wives, and courtiers are revealed, uncovering murder, incest, and rebellion. Perhaps most intriguing is the overarching narration by Osiris, god of the Nile. While managing to pipe the music of English composer Frederick Delius into the dying Cheopss ears, he comments on this swarm of events with hilarious and humane authority.