Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George

72%

5 Critic Reviews

In nearly a thousand pages, she creates countless memorable moments, as when Antony and Cleopatra stroll on the island of Samos at night...Readers looking to be transported to another place and time will find their magic carpet here.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, in this lush, sweeping, and richly detailed saga.

Told in Cleopatra's own voice, The Memoirs of Cleopatra is a mesmerizing tale of ambition, passion, and betrayal in the ancient Egyptian world, which begins when the twenty-year-old queen seeks out the most powerful man in the world, 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 be paraded in triumph through the streets of Rome.

Most of all, in its richness and authenticity, it is an irresistible story that reveals why Margaret George's work has been widely acclaimed as "the best kind of historical novel, one the reader can't wait to get lost in." (San Francisco Chronicle).

 

About Margaret George

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MARGARET GEORGE is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles, and Mary, Called Magdalene. She travels widely to research her novels and lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Macmillam. 980 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

...Cleopatra's voice is lost in the sands of time, and its echo here is curiously bland. As for the power boys--Caesar and Antony--both lack the steely tang of Colleen McCullough's portraits.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Mar 31 2008

In nearly a thousand pages, she creates countless memorable moments, as when Antony and Cleopatra stroll on the island of Samos at night...Readers looking to be transported to another place and time will find their magic carpet here.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on May 27 2011

No detail is spared; Cleopatra openly talks about her siblings, her fear of them being a large emotion. Her famous lovers, both Caesar and Marc Antony, her trips to Rome and the relationship she had with her four children.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Megan Harlan on May 16 2008

With 964 pages awash in sensuous, jewellike detail, you won't doubt this historical novelist's claim that this absorbing, meticulous cast-of- thousands epic — the ''autobiography'' of history's most powerful woman — was 40 years in the making.

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Suite 101

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Reviewed by Lynette S.K. Webster on Mar 05 2009

American novelist Margaret George relinquishes this stereotype and conceives a warm-blooded Cleopatra with human desires, fears and charms. This realist approach enhances The Memoirs of Cleopatra and makes this a gripping, enjoyable read...

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