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The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel Paperback – May 15, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
On the one hand, writing a story about this period of history is a no-brainer. It's one of the most compelling love-stories of all time. You really can't screw it up. On the other hand, she does a beautiful portrayal of the major characters in the book. Caesar sweeps the reader off their feet--as if he were one of those heroes in a romance novel, flawed only insofar as his imperfections will make the reader love him. When he dies, one does feel the momentary blotting out of the sun.
Cleopatra herself, tireless, shrewd and inspiring. We wonder if we could have gone on in similar circumstances the way she did, time and time again.
In truth, but for one very talented admiral Agrippa, our lives could all be very different today. Antony might have been the perfection that died with Caesar. But with the war having gone the other way, it's Antony that had to be the greatest challenge to Margaret George as a writer. Lets face it. He's history's biggest loser. And all the propaganda of the time paints him as unmanly, foolish, drunken, and weak. Margaret George uses his letters to revive a different kind of Antony. One who is manly and warm-hearted, and dreadfully, tragically, honorable.
Margaret George makes Antony lovable in a way that even Richard Burton's massive acting talent, Elizabeth Taylor's passion, and all the money in Hollywood could not. And for that alone, she must be honored.
'The Memoirs of Cleopatra' did read a little more like a romance novel than George's other books, although it's hard to blame her - Cleopatra is a bit more romantic a subject than Henry VIII. And while I did find that I began to be suspicious of the sympathetic treatment 'Memoirs' gave its subject, I don't believe that is a shortcoming, but rather an inevitability of a good biographer identifying with her subject.
I disagree with other reviewers that the book was too long; while Cleopatra's life was short, it was thick with events too important to leave out of her life story. On the whole I found the book entertaining and educational; what more can you ask for?
I laughed with Cleopatra, I cried with her, I fell in love with Marc Antony, and I hated Octavian. Ms George is a writer of exquisite talent. She brings to life an epic time period, major historical events, and bigger than life characters realistically, beliveably and seamlessly.
I would recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading her other works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love it! It's a fascinating story. Long, but holds my interest all the way. I feel like I'm there, living the story!Published 9 days ago by cathy
Margaret George is one of the best as far as I'm concerned. Her books are factual as well as imaginative. I have a hard time putting down the books she writes. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Diana R. Heddlesten Brown
I thoroughly enjoyed the book - the characters & perspective are incredibly engaging. I was sad when it came to an end.Published 1 month ago by LaraK87
Wonderful book. Easy to read and understand. It's a book I would not mind reading again.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Because it's a huge long read about a historically famous character that's why. So there. Good if you need many pages for a long plane ride or a long vacation or to carry around... Read morePublished 2 months ago by thirdtwin
Excellent. I found this novel although it extremely long beautifully written and captured the life and times of Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh or Queen of Egypt. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diana S. Long
Oh what a great book. Everything we know about Cleopatra is wrong. This was a delicious read but also informative and I found it downright empowering to learn what a clever,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brenda Frances Abdilla
I am asked to review this book but you must realize I am only on page 158. But I can say that I am enjoying this book immensely thus far.Published 4 months ago by B. Vissers