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Kleopatra Paperback – August 1, 2002
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This is an incredible fictional biography that contains a fantastic look at Ancient Egypt and Rome using historical tidbits to tell the story of Cleopatra, the early years. The novel turns a legend into a person while concentrating on the heroine's adventures, political machinations, and the classical Greek culture that she wants to emulate. Fans of Ancient historical tales and Cleopatra will want to read this book, the upcoming sequel (the Caesar-Anthony years of her life) and Colin Falconer's WHEN WE WERE GODS as a companion piece. Ms. Essex capitalizes the H in historical as she provides a rich textured, fast-paced tale that should lead to the latest Egyptology boom.
Instead of a legendary enchantress we meet the child Kleopatra who speaks numerous languages and dialects by the age of ten. We empathize with the woman-child who understand so much more than those around her and feel a twinge of pain at her impatience for her body to grow into her wisdom. Essex expertly excavates the depth of Kleopatra and satisfies the longing of all woman--to be seen completely. We are convinced. Kleopatra possessed the spirit of a ruler at birth.
Essex's vivid descriptions of Egypt are startling and her ability to illustrate the political atmosphere in gripping detail is enviable. There are some erotic scenes in which the author gently nudges us to remember ancient rites that are strangely familiar and yet unimaginable. Kleopatra is grounded in factual history and painted with delicate fictional strokes that breathe life into the woman, the myth and the Queen.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who has ever wondered who Kleopatra really was. The feminine icons of our time should hope that someone like Essex comes after them to tell their story. ... do yourself (and your viewers) a favor--put this book on your reading list!
Kleopatra is marvelous, a book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone.
However, from the point of a reader of historic novels, I feel somewhat disappointed. The reason I bought this book (and the sequel) was not to get a precise biography of the late Roman Republic. For this you might as well read good biographies, like that by Michael Grant. A historical novel should contain a bit more fiction, a bit more speculation, and a bit of controversy, which may not be approved by the history professor next door, but fits into the storyline or is expected by the reader. Somehow I got bored in the middle of the sequel, since I knew the history well and was not offered something "new" to keep me hooked. Minus 1 star.
Another point irritated me. You notice through most parts of the book, that it is written by a female American writer. The book is a women's book for a female audience. In both volumes you get just about a hint of sexuality at the beginning as a teaser, the violence is modest, the characters sometimes very politically correct. I accept the author's intention to describe Kleopatra in a different way than the wanton seducer of all men around her. This is historically correct and not my point. But Kleopatra was not a woman following Christian moral in a Hellenistic time half a century before the birth of Christ. For a book dealing with a time period of war, conquest, male dominance and brutality the setting is simply to sterile and clean to be convincing.Read more ›
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I loved this book. It recorded my rating incorrectly. This was a retread for me! It's that good!!! 5 stars please'Published 1 month ago by Marian Elder
In the royal palace by the sea in the city of Alexandria, the queen of Egypt is dying. KLEOPATRA V, TRYPHAENA, has a fever of unknown origin and even the blind Armenian healer... Read morePublished 8 months ago by katherine tomlinson
Great interpretation of one of the greatest historical figure in history!Published 16 months ago by Ana Concessa P. Bingham
I'm a huge Cleopatra fan, but this book struggles to capture the reader.Published 19 months ago by V
I would have liked this book more without its occasional crude language, particularly the anachronistic F word. Ms Essex also failed in her research about Rome. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Ms. Patricia Anne Hunter
This is seriously the best book I have ever read. I am very interested/ familiar with Egyptian History especially during Kleopatra's time. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by lalunagypsy
Wonderful book anyone interested in ancient Eygpt will find it extremely
educational yet one must remember that this is historical fiction.
This got off to a rough start, with Kleopatra as petulant three year old that cannot speak and a few months later expressing herself in the most mature speach, and ending with her... Read morePublished on December 9, 2008 by Tara Chevrestt