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Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Cleopatra: A LifeCleopatra
Author:  Stacy Schiff
Publication Date:  November 1, 2010
Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company

Donated by:  Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.

Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra's supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.


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Ashley said...

Ashley (ID) (But toward the end of the tour would be better for me.)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Emily, MI pinkfipflops44 at gmail dot com

ok said...

Tiffany PA

Holly said...

Holly, MI

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Count me in, but please put me at the end (but before Ashley since she asked first). Thanks!

Michelle, TN

Anonymous said...

I would love to be added.

Jennifer said...

Mailed to Emily; DC# 9102785091401713370882

Ashley said...

Can I actually get myself removed from this tour? Thanks!!

Ashley (ID)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said... review

Anonymous said...

Book received and ready to be mailed.

Holly said...

Mailed to Tiffany today DC# 03102010000010271563

ok said...

Got this today! Please send me the next address at your earliest convenience!

Holly said...


Anonymous said...

Here is my review:

ok said...

Mailed today, DC is 0309 3220 0002 4086 0557

Link to review:

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Sorry...I forgot to stop by and let you know I received the book on Tuesday, 1/25. Thanks!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

mailed DC# 0310 2010 0001 9204 7628

Review is ready...needs minor tweaking...will post link tomorrow.


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

My review:

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