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Memoirs of Cleopatra, The
(ISBN: 312154305)

Author(s): George, Margaret Pages: 964
Publisher: St. Martin's Date of Publication: 1997
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Setting: Egypt, Rome Period: First century BC (Code: 5d)
Rome Setting: y/2 Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person: y
Detective/Narrator: Cleopatra
Subject: Fictionalized autobiography of the last of the Ptolemaic line. 'from the young queen's earliest memories of her father's tenuous rule to her own reign over one of the most glittering kingdoms in the world-...a tale of passion that begins when the twenty-one-year-old Cleopatra, desperate to return from exile, seeks out the one man who can help her, the Roman general Julius Caesar -- and does not end until, having survived the assassination of Caesar and the defeat of the second man she loves, Marc Antony, she plots her own death rather than allow herself to be paraded in triumph through the streets of Rome.' (Amazon.com) Cleopatra is a very modern woman who enjoys her sexual encounter with various Romans. As she tells it, her flaw was in believing she could make Antony into another Caesar. Cleopatra tells everything, from her first memory (of her mother drowning when Cleopatra was 3) to her last actions (planning her death). She is very engaging and has a generous nature - caring as much for her brother/husband Ptolemy as for Caesar and Antony, although she shows her love in very different ways! ( R Breindel)
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Rating: Amazon.com reviewers all rate it very high on readability & accuracy, with one disclaimer on the negative portrait of Octavian. The book is very well written but exceedingly long - 957 closely-written, small-print pages; after a while it becomes somewhat tedious, both to read and hold. However, it is well worth reading the section on Caesar for its view of him as a man and a general. (R Breindel) See also in Authors & Reviews on-site.

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