Author: Naguib Mahfouz
The Good: I wrote my undergrad thesis on another Mahfouz novel, so I was eager to get into this novel. This novel did not disappoint. It is the story of a young Egyptian trying to find out the "truth" about Akhenaten and his rule. Each chapter is a telling of Akhenaten's story from people who knew him and were influenced during his reign.
The Bad: Some of the stories (chapters) were so similar, they got kind of redundant. Also, because I have a short term memory for lists of complex characters, I couldn't put this book down for several days without losing track of who was who.
The Verdict: Read! Definitely read! Especially those of you with a background in the Middle East or an interest in Ancient Egypt.