The story of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. This saga of ambition, power and passion is told in the first person, from the queen's earliest memories of her father's tenuous rule to her own reign over one of the most glittering kingdoms in the world.The story of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. This saga of ambition, power and passion is told in the first person, from the queen's earliest memories of her father's tenuous rule to her own reign over one of the most glittering kingdoms in the world.Read Less
Too many superlatives have been used in praise of the mediocre that there is little left to say about pure excellence.
Simply put...this is a masterpiece!
Ms George is an author whose meticulous research and writing- talent is second to none.
This book left me feeling grateful that I love to read..and blessed that I read this book.
Jun 24, 2009
Excellent Book About Cleopatra
Anyone interested in Ancient Egypt or Rome would thoroughly enjoy this novel. The novel itself is fiction, however the historical accuracy is excellent. I adore Cleopatra and this time period and I simply could not put this book down. I wish it was a 1,000 more pages!
Dec 25, 2008
I could not put it down and hated when It ended. Just wanted it to keep on going!
Aug 9, 2007
A wonderful, wonderful read. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in history of that period.
Apr 12, 2007
A must read
For anyone interested in Egyptian or Roman history this is a must read. The author has done a lot of research on the subject and I found it one of the best books, and the most believable, of the events that occured in the life of Cleopatra. This author writes her characters so that you feel that you know them intimately and they feel like an old friend. I have read most of Ms. George's books and find the well researched and a wonderful read. A disappointment to finish as you wish the story could go on and on.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-03-24 Royal barges, sacred asps, eunuchs and chariot races all make an appearance in George's third epic (after The Autobiography of Henry VIII and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles), a huge biographical novel that is as disciplined as it is ambitious. The four principal characters are Caesar, Marcus Antonius, Octavian and the indomitable Cleopatra herself. George buoys them with a supporting cast of, literally, thousands and spans the ancient globe. She renders her myriad settings, whether in Athens, Syria, Actium or elsewhere, palpably real. The smell of the Alexandrian harbor, the taste of pomegranates, the visual grandeur of the pyramids and the clash of swords all come alive in her hands. Battles physical and politicalęCaesar's North African campaign, the Alexandrian War, the ill-fated struggle between Antony and Octavian for control of the worldęare evoked with skill and passion, as are more domestic conflicts. Cleopatra's love for the much older Caesar, "he who had blotted out the sky," is rivaled only by her later feelings for Antony, upon whose death "the whole world rolled away." Not merely a great lover, Cleopatra emerges here as a compassionate ruler and political genius. It is a tribute to George's artistry that the strings are hidden, that not once will readers doubt that the Queen of Egypt is telling the tale. In nearly a thousand pages, she creates countless memorable moments, as when Antony and Cleopatra stroll on the island of Samos at night, listening to Dionysian singing in the distance. Readers looking to be transported to another place and time will find their magic carpet here. 200,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; mini-series rights sold to Robert Halmi/Hallmark/ABC-TV; author tour. (May)
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