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The Memoirs of Cleopatra

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    TOO LONG!!!

    Although the writing was clear and descriptive, the characters interesting, and the history fascinating; the length of this book was so unbearably long, I cannot give it any more that 3 stars. As a lover of historical fiction, a recent voyager in Egyptian historical fiction, and a devourer of long books, I thought this book would be perfect for me. But I learned that some books, like this one, can cross the line from lengthy to burdensome. I must say, I truly enjoyed the characters and the story, and it made me very interested in Egypt and Roman history. But three quarters of the way through this nearly 1000 page book, I simply couldn't stand it anymore. I couldn't believe how long it was taking me to finish the book! Eventually I found myself dreading having to slog any more of it and resenting the book for putting me though all this. If 200 or 300 pages could be edited out, I would give it an enthusiastic 5 stars, but as it is I didn't finish it and wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends. All in all, great writing, characters, history and story, but just TOO DARN LONG to be a truly enjoyable reading experience for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Good descriptions of the ancient world

    This book has some excellent descriptions of the ancient world and would be a good book for someone who is not very familiar with ancient Egypt or Rome. You really feel like you are right there with Cleopatra. She is a much more sympathetic figure than she has been given credit for in the past. She really comes across as a loving wife and mother and one who really cares for her country. The fact that she learned the Egyptian language and identified with the culture and religion shows she cared for her country. The author has obviously done a lot of research. I would recommend taking your time with a book this long to fully absorb the details.

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