[[ epub ]] Mara, Daughter of the NileAuthor Eloise Jarvis McGraw – Vivefutbol.co

Mara Is A Proud And Beautiful Slave Girl Who Yearns For Freedom In Order To Gain It, She Finds Herself Playing The Dangerous Role Of Double Spy For Two Arch Enemies Each Of Whom Supports A Contender For The Throne Of EgyptAgainst Her Will, Mara Finds Herself Falling In Love With One Of Her Masters, The Noble Sheftu, And She Starts To Believe In His Plans Of Restoring Thutmose III To The Throne But Just When Mara Is Ready To Offer Sheftu Her Help And Her Heart, Her Duplicity Is Discovered, And A Battle Ensues In Which Both Mara S Life And The Fate Of Egypt Are At Stake

10 thoughts on “Mara, Daughter of the Nile

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    Mara, Daughter of the Nile holds up amazingly well for a 60 year old YA book Set in ancient Egypt, it s the story of Mara, a bright, feisty slave girl who unexpectedly finds herself forced to act as a spy for both sides of a conflict over the throne of Egypt Either side is likely to immediately kill her if her duplicity is discovered And then her heart starts to get involved I had very fond memories of reading Mara years ago, and I was delighted and, frankly, relieved when my re read lived up to my memories, which isn t always the case when I re read favorite books from my teenage years cough robertheinleincough It s not a perfect book, but I m upping my rating to five stars, dang it, just because I can, and because I so enjoyed Mara and her duel of wits with Sheftu Sheftu is my favorite kind of book hero, an intelligent, extremely capable man hiding behind the mask of a charming, lazy courtier in order to achieve a greater goal I m such a sucker for that Scarlet Pimpernel kind of trope Tomorrow, by Amon, she would have revenge She would treat him with a smiling indifference he wouldn t be able to break through no matter how hard he tried She would be gay aye, charming but oh, how remote .Mara found Sheftu s manner the next morning just as gay, just as impersonal, and so much convincing than her own that she was out of sorts before an hour had passed There was no outdoing him at irony, that was clear She would have to find some other means of punishing him.But this is than a simple adventure and love story the book has some surprisingly profound ideas about living for a greater cause, the power of love for your country, and how a country is made up of people, the poor and humble as well as the rich and powerful all of whom are important.This one s a keeper and a total comfort read.

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    Then the stars went out, for the bark of Ra, in fiery splendor, burst out of the East Sunshine flooded the wide desert and the long, green valley of the Nile The night was over a new day has dawned for the land of Egypt Generally, I do not reread books I have a short attention span, I constantly seek novelty, and once a book or a film has been watched, even if I greatly enjoyed it, I will never reach for it again There are only a few books that I enjoy rereading, Mara, Daughter of the Nile has been one I have reached for repeatedly since I first read it and fell in love with it as a 12 year old girl A few years ago, I donated a enormous amount of books after reluctantly admitting to myself that I will never touch them again after the initial reading this book still occupies a place on my currently tiny and trimmed down collection of paperbacks, and it s going nowhere.Call it nostalgia, if you will, but this is such a lovely little book, and it has occupied a dear space in my heart ever since This is a solidly middle grade novel, but I find that a great middle grade novel is a wonderful thing They are so essential to hook in a young reader and instill in them a love of reading that lasts a lifetime These books have themes, they have believable, loveable, flawed characters There s no psychoanalysis required of the characters, but they send such an important message to a young reader you can be better than you think, you can be a good person, you can aim for higher than what you believe yourself capable A small person can make a difference.The story is simple, the plot is straightforward There is no overwhelming theme here of existence, no aspirations to grandeur, yet I love it just the same I do confess to being a great fan of Ancient Egypt The mythology, the people, the history while I have read many books within this setting, telling stories of such exalted characters as Cleopatra, Nefertiti, King Tutankhamen, this wee book remains my favorite in the sadly rare genre of Egyptian fiction.Mara is a slave, she was not always one, but that has been her life for as long as she can remember She is a foreign born slave, captured with her late mother Mara has blue eyes, which is reviled and feared by her master, and is different from most slaves in that she has been previously educated in reading and writing She also has a valuable commodity the ability to speak Babylonian It is for this purpose that Queen Hatshepsut s man initially buys her she is to spy upon Prince Thutmose through his future bride Mara is to play the interpreter for Princess the Canaanite princess, Inanni.Through a twist of fate, Mara ends up playing the unwilling double agent, with none the wiser She ends up being a pawn for Lord Sheftu, who is working secretly in support of placing Prince Thutmose on the throne in place of his devious, destructive pharaoh sister, Queen Hatshepsut.Mara has no choice She cannot reveal her role to either To do so would be to risk death, truly, for the life of a slave is worth absolutely nothing to such powerful and wealthy men Eventually, though, Mara has to choose a side, and one of her masters will prove himself to be a truly idealistic man, who is working towards a better future for Egypt To get to her happy ending, Mara must rely on her own wits throughout the intrigue, throughout the danger She has to overcome her own prejudices, and decide whether luxury and freedom is preferable to doing what she knows is rightdespite the fact that it could cost her everything, including her life.I loved Mara s determination Yes, she is selfish initially, but this is a girl who has been a slave, mistreated, ill fed, feared for her freakish colored eyes, of all things She has endured hardship, beating, and so when she is given a chance at freedom, she takes it And boy does she love what that little taste of freedom has to bring The clothes were not too lavishbut to her it was unimaginable luxury And as she shook the garments out one by one and looked at them, she felt again the fierce determination that nothing, nobody must stand in the way of her possessing such things always, freedom and gold and a life worth living gardens with lotus blooming in the fishpoolrows and rows of papyrus scrolls on the shelves in a beautiful room.So she dreamed Mara is not perfect despite being a slave, she feels herself to be a true Egyptian, and looks down upon the foreign princess Inanni Mara is patronizing towards Inanni s full figure, which is admired by her people, but reviled by the Egyptians, who prefer a slim silhouette Inanni s strange clothes, her customs, her fear towards anything Egyptian is viewed condescendingly by the haughty Mara Eventually, Mara grows to realize her own faults, and realizes that she has been underestimating her princess strengths There is some romance in here, nothing too steamy, nothing inappropriate at all for the middle grade audience It grows step by step, there is no insta love, as enemies grow to be friends, and then perhaps something .I absolutely loved the bits of Egyptian culture in this book The descriptions of food, of customs, of cosmetics and clothing, of daily minutiae I don t find that the adult novels of this nature does so well in the descriptions of little details as this one did The writing is beautiful, the speech pattern is strange, in some way, but does not feel out of place in this setting I actually really loved the formal, slightly archaic quality of the speech in this book The descriptions are beautifully described, in the way that Eloise McGraw does so well in all her children s books.Highly recommended for anyone, of any age.

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    Egypt, mid 1400s B.C Mara calls herself the daughter of Nobody and Nothing She has been a slave for as long as she can remember, but her pale eyes and ability to speak Babylonian suggest that once she was free and did not come from Egypt Now in her late teens, she s endured a succession of cruel and ignorant masters She yearns, above all else, for freedom Freedom comes with a steep price Mara is purchased by a nobleman in Queen Hatshepsut s inner circle He needs a spy to report on the Queen s brother, Thutmose, who might be planning a rebellion If Mara betrays her master s plans, her death is assured.On the barge that will bring her to the royal city, Mara falls in with Sheftu, a young nobleman close to Prince Thutmose Sheftu is part of the planned rebellion He offers Mara, whom he thinks is just a runaway slave with no agenda, two options spy for Prince Thutmose, or face death So this devious young lady finds herself a double agent, caught between two sides that will stake everything on keeping or gaining the throne At first, it seems like a grand game Mara gets to be an interpreter for a visiting foreign princess For the first time in her life, she ll have enough food, not to mention nice clothes, scrolls to read, and an unlimited supply of eyeliner a quality of life issue for every ancient Egyptian It helps that Sheftu is unconventionally handsome, with a witty, enigmatic mode of flirting that Mara finds enthralling.But the deeper Mara gets into these parallel intrigues, she realizes that she s already chosen a side she s lost her loyalty and her heart, and is now soon to die a traitor s death.Content Advisory Violence A slave is beaten in the early chapters of the story, and a bloody, near fatal beating occurs near the end A guard is quickly slain when he tries to alert authorities to a group of rebels lawbreaking Characters mention being impaled on stakes or thrown to the Nile s crocodiles, but we don t see any such executions occur in the story Someone is forced to imbibe poison, out of view of the POV characters Sex The Canaanite princess, Inanni, is scandalized by Egyptian fashions the women wear translucent sheath dresses and the men usually wear naught but kilts Language Nothing Substance Abuse Some background characters get drunk Politics and Religion Fleeting moments of Egyptians showing ethnic prejudice against non Egyptians Various Egyptian gods are casually mentioned We don t hear much about them, and frankly none of the characters appear to believe in them strongly Except for that head scratching part where the POV shifts to Nut, the night sky goddess, injecting a fantastical note into an otherwise very grounded narrative Nightmare Fuel Let me put it this way if you suffer from a fear of being trapped underground, there is a chapter in this book that you might find troubling Some rebels break into a tomb, risking the death penalty for blasphemy if caught, to retrieve an item for the prince, and their torch goes out in a room far underground full of creepy tomb paintings and guardian statues Boy, that chapter was tense.ConclusionsThis book does not bat a thousand for historical accuracy Hatshepsut was actually Thutmose III s stepmother, not his half sister as portrayed here In real life, she died at age fifty of bone cancer after several years of poor health, a far cry from the coup and Socratic suicide portrayed in the novel In fairness to McGraw, a lot of this information wasn t available at the time that this book was published 1953 That said, while the book is not flawless as a history lesson, it is near perfect as a classic YA spy novel with a strong and clever heroine, royal intrigue, romance, and an evocative historical setting Mara was hard to like at first While it was understandable that her hard life had made her bitter and closed off, the flippancy with which she treated her role was bothersome, as was her mean thoughts directed at Inanni and the other foreigners The Mara grew to care about Egypt, the likeable she became McGraw set up this seemingly heartless character and then yanked the heart from her chest The last few chapters were nail biters, because Mara finally understood what she stood to lose Well done.Sheftu is just my type of hero witty, charismatic, always three steps ahead of his enemies, good looking in an offbeat way, and both principled and caring than he lets on The blogger at You, Me, and a Cup of Tea compared the dynamic between Sheftu and Mara to that between Han Solo and Princess Leia, albeit he s the aristocrat and she s the seemingly amoral, self serving scoundrel guttersnipe Although Sheftu is definitely a nerf herder I can picture him sitting down for a drink with Eugenides, Howl, Jareth, George Cooper, Han Alister, and Morpheus the Netherling, and they would have a blast, rearranging the world and commiserating about their terrifying wives Ancient Egypt is an inherently fascinating culture While the Mesopotamians fought amongst themselves and the Greeks were still figuring out how to read, Egypt kept doing what it always did live along the Nile, build magnificent structures, watch the stars, and perseverate about Death There s a sense of timelessness, stability, and inexorability about their myths and their art and their artifacts that no other civilization can match You can tell that McGraw loved Egypt, and her characters seem organic to the place.Recommended warmly for fans of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Bronze Bow, The Sherwood Ring, The Perilous Gard, Johnny Tremain, and Rosemary Sutcliff s Roman Britain novels.

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    Old review below I disagree with myself This book is a banger It holds up I am going to open up my heart to you guys I read this book when I was, oh, maybe 7 or 8, and it was my favorite book for YEARS I re read it countless times It was the only book from my childhood I brought with me to college It may have been, in large part, the reason my mom once bought me a t shirt that said Kathleen in wait for it HIEROGLYPHICS.I have no idea if this is actually a good book or not I loved it so much as a kid that I couldn t possibly give an impartial opinion even now.Oh, um, that t shirt thing was in sixth grade, not college In case that wasn t clear.

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    Thanks for the buddy read, Jeannette D Mara Daughter of the Nile was originally published back in 1953, and I find that books that were written during that time, always make me think of old movies It s the way the characters talk and interact with each other The hero doesn t just kiss the heroine He pulls her into his arms and gives her a grand sweeping kiss that should have music playing in the background Now don t get me wrong, I happen to love this because I think it s breathlessly romantic It s like they put every bit of sexual tension and wrapped it up in that one kiss I can t help but think though that it s a characteristic of that time period, which sort of dates it And like an old movie, the book moved a little bit slower The middle dragged This is why I knocked a star I think the writing is lovely though.I liked the characters, especially Mara and Inanni and their friendship.I have to commend Eloise Jarvis McGraw for her excellent research and the descriptive way she brings ancient Egypt to life McGraw adds all these lovely details, which made me think of old Egyptian art and artifacts Although I m much of a Hatshepsut fangirl than McGraw is In fact, I felt a little like Mara was helping the wrong side, because let s face it, Hatshepsut was awesome Sheftu argues that the Queen spends too much money on buildings, but what does he want to do, build up the army so they can go raid the borders Whatever, Sheftu Let s face it, guys, you re just annoyed that the Pharaoh is a woman, a very successful woman But anyway, I did enjoy this and highly recommend it to ancient Egypt fans.

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    I adored this book when I first read it at age 10, and still love it 20 years later I cannot recommend it highly enough to young lady readers who have any interest at all in Ancient Egypt Mara is a slave girl sold to become a spy who ends up embroiled in a plot to overthrow the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut McGraw s attention to detail and knowledge of the time are impeccable, her characters are alive and engaging, there s a nice little romance, plenty of drama and suffering for the cause, and Mara is spunky in a very modern vampire slayer kind of way Well ahead of it s time.

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    Mara ambitious and intelligent slave gets caught up in a scheme to dethrone the pharaoh Hatshepsut while serving as an interpreter to the pharaoh s half brother Thutmose Yet Mara finds herself drawn to one side than the other, particularly towards a handsome noble.To be honest, I skimmed the last half of this book It was so overly wordy and unnecessarily detailed with Mara doing dumb shit and being treated like a silly girl or the wiliest seductress that ever lived that I was tired of the whiplash and exhausted by the constant references to her blue eyes I get it Her eyes are blue I don t need to be reminded of that at least once a page for280 something pages.This read like it was written in the 1950s, because it was Lots of fatphobic statements, particularly about the Syrian princess Inanni and her ladies in waiting, and lots of commentary on skin color.Also, the relationship between Sheftu and Mara wascringe worthy at best.Aside from her eyes and her beauty, Mara wavers between being keenly intelligent, a fluttery ingenue, a wily politician, a sultry seductress and a dumb as shit 1950s trope Like I said earlier the transitions and unevenness in her character were enough to give me whiplash, and I was constantly struggling to figure out her motivation for playing both sides up the middle because 1 that never works and 2 she holds literally no cards in this poker game Remove Mara, and the book basically continues without her.And finally, I think I m just tired of the evil queen tropes, as this plays with the propaganda that Hatshepsut was an awful, vainglorious and bitchy ruler who was rightfully deposed by her half brother, who returned the country from turning inwards into building temple after temple and ruining the wealth of Egypt instead of focusing on conquering new lands and peoples In this book, Hatshepsut is reviled for her coldness and haughtiness I mean, she is the physical reincarnation of the sun godwhat exactly do you expect and being a woman ruler, while her asshole half brother Thutmose is a caged lion, filled with anger, charisma and intelligenceand a heavy dose of the same heavy handed brutality his sister has.They are pretty much two halves of the same coin.Guess who is celebrated for their traits and who isn t Guessguessguessguessguess.So yeah This just made me tired.

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    I ll not write a long review since others have already said everything there is to be said, but I will say that I can t believe how beautiful this was I wish I could read it all over again Five Stars easy, it was a million times better than my last book.Mara was a delight, she was a sweet little trickster who didn t know which people to side with Whichever side she chose to spy for, there was danger and intrigue From robing the dead in their crypts to appearing before Pharaoh, Mara gets entangled in it all She plays both sides, but what will she do when both realize her duplicity This book was so much better than I d thought it would be, I was afraid it would have a modern feel to it, but instead, I felt that I was right next to Mara, doing my utmost to outwit them all I think this book is timeless.Did I say it was beautiful It is beautiful G rating There is, of course, the Egyptian Gods and Burials pomp also there is a whipping at the end, which is not described in a sickening way Still, it was never shoved in your face.

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    Mara intently fixed her gaze on the young man before her, who asked, What is the message, Blue Eyed One What are your thoughts she quoted Shall you tell me of the plot Have you found the writings favorable Sheftu, with a casual smile that was yet guarded, replied, Are those his words, or yours By the Feather of Truth, I only quoted them exactly From your thoughts, no doubt Ai, he knows, but I will not let him best me, thought Mara I will get the truth of him Is this book to you so slight compared to others you have had before Nay, not in the least Mara raised her brows slightly Other than his eyes, which glittered with amusement, the careless smile that returned to Sheftu s face did not tell he knew he had been neatly trapped Instead of changing the subject, he went on as if his outburst had not been a mistake There were many things that brought it above the rest Intrigue, betrayal, adventure, romance All these things combined made the reading enjoyable Inwardly, Mara sighed irritably, but did not show her frustration outwardly Ai, enjoyable Sheftu was surely a rogue, as Nekonkh had pointed out before, just not the kind of rogue he referred to But what of your opinion, Sashai My opinion of it is as my opinion of you, guttersnipe, my lovely Mara Mara put on an innocent expression What is your opinion of me, pray Sheftu drew her close, his eyes traveling her face, and Mara s heart pounded faster That thou are my beloved, Lotus Eyed One, he said slowly, gently He fingered the lotus in Mara s hair And you always will be Another amazing book by the same author is The Golden Goblet I have written a review for it also, which you can find here.

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    I loved this in junior high and dug it out again for a light read it s actually intense than I remembered, but still fun For being written in 1953, Mara is a surprisingly strong female character, a slave turned spy for two opposing masters She s smart, quick on her feet, speaks Babylonian, plays both sides, and even stands up under torture The romance novel aspects are the least interesting elements, not because they re particularly silly but just because McGraw s beautiful descriptions of ancient Eygpt s people, lands, and politics are so engaging it s hard to pay attention to the romance It s irritating that Hatshepsut has been turned into the evil villainess, and the fettered king whose revolution is being planned isn t described as, ahem, her half brother and husband who didn t need a revolution , so it s easier just to read the story as entirely made up Definitely recommended, even if one of the last lines in the story is Oh, Amon No hand but mine shall slay that misbegotten Libyan