The Memoirs of Cleopatra

The Memoirs of Cleopatra☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Memoirs of Cleopatra By Margaret George ✩ – Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra ueen of the Nile in this lush sweeping and richly detailed saga Told in Cleopatra's own voice this is a mesmeriz Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra ueen of the Nile in this lush sweeping and richly detailed saga Told in Cleopatra's own voice this is a mesmerizing tale of ambition passion and betrayal which begins when the twenty year old ueen seeks out the most powerful man in the world Julius The Memoirs PDF \ 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.

Margaret George is a rolling stone who has lived in many places beginning her traveling at the age of four when her father joined the US diplomatic service and was posted to a consulate in Taiwan The family traveled on a freighter named after Ulysses' son Telemachus that took thirty days to reach Taiwan where they spent The Memoirs PDF \ two years Following that they lived in Tel Aviv right after the wa.

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  • Paperback
  • 1139 pages
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra
  • Margaret George
  • English
  • 06 August 2014
  • 9780330353823

10 thoughts on “The Memoirs of Cleopatra

  1. Lisa says:

    Arghthis book needed a good editor As with all of George's books I get about half way in and begin to lose interest While the historical detail is wonderful it took the author 4 pages to say that Cleopatra took a swimStarted the book in Egypt in December and had to put it down for a while

  2. Kimberly says:

    Wow I can't believe this book is overI feel a sense of accomplishment for having finished it it's really really long and a sense of loss that it's over The writing is so beautiful and real that it isn't a stretch at all to imagine that Cleopatra wrote it herself There are so many incredible sentences in this book I could write page after page of uotes Some of my favorites Always carry a limited gold service with you was my motto and When fate offers you no choice you must appear to relish it and Goddesses do not grow old Those are just uick samples of some sentences that made me smile My only small complaint about this book would be the length but after thinking about it this book would not have felt complete or like a true memoir if it was any shorter By spending so much time with Cleopatra you really feel like you know her by the conclusion And you can't help but feel a dramatic sense of loss by the end even though you know it's coming Knowing doesn't make her fate any less lamentable 5 stars

  3. Gary says:

    Of all works of fiction this book certainly gives the most indepth account of the fascinating and tragic ueen of EgyptThe author has clearly done extensive research and auits this research well in an entertaining and exteremly informative wayNot only does she have an impressive array of books and documents that she studied before embarking on this work but she travelled to Egypt Rome Israel and Jordan and spent four years working on this epicThe author explains that her sympathy is with Cleopatra and that much of the documentation of her story was compiled at the behest of her arch foe Octavian and that some of her enemies included writers and poets such as Cicero Vergil Horace which assured that her version of events would be silenced and the accounts would be skewed against herThe author explains that the popular modern idea that Cleopatra was unattractive is incorrect and that the way that coins and statues were done in those days would have made her look less attractive certainlyThe author gives a credible explanation of the death of her second brother Ptolemy from comsumptionand the truth is we do not know how he died and there is no conclusive evidence that she did indeed have him murderedThe book is not only a window into the lives of Cleopatra Julius Ceasar Mark Antony and Octavian but also a portrait of the world of the time taking us from Egypt to Nubia Rome Syria Anatolia Judea Armenia and PathiaGeorge fills in with an amazing cast of Cleoptra's retinue such as her chamberlainthe eunuch Mardian her physician Olympos and her brilliant Hebrew finance minister Epaphroditus The book begins with a fictional account of the rescue of the three year old Cleopatra from a sea accident in which her mother is drowned Cleopatra's growing up in the Egyptian royal court of Alexandria the schemes of her sisters Cleopatra and Berenice the death of her father the arrival of Julius Ceasar and the incident of her being smuggled to him in a rug the battles with her siblings the first Ptolemy and Arsinoe her romances with Julius Ceasar and then Antony and the tragic and ill fated defeat of Cleopatra and Antony by the ruthless and scheming Octavian which could so easily have gone the other wayOne finds oneselves biting ones nails at the end of the book dealing with Cleopatra's captivity and her suicideA compelling novel which I read in a weekFilled with brilliant dialogue and description

  4. Amanda says:

    This book was a tradition for me to read each summer I relished school getting out and lounging in the pool day by day and reading through these pages It took the whole summer to read too because this book is a monsterAfter graduating college I stopped reading this book every summer But I still pick it up time to time and read my favorite passagesIf you have any interest at all in ueen Cleopatra you will love this book However if you're like me after reading this book any other book about her will be ruined for you Nothing really can compare with Margaret George's treatment of the subject her research was exhaustive and this certainly comes through with the level of detail in the textNot only that George's writing style is exactly what you would imagine Cleopatra to feel sound and be like George really brings Cleopatra to life through the writing By the time you get to the end and Cleopatra is dictating her final scroll you've undergone this amazing journey with her through her life and you don't want it to end This book is definitely not to be missed don't let the size of it intimidate you you won't be disappointed

  5. Marquise says:

    35 stars but I'm going to round it up to 4 because the enjoyment I got out of it outweighed the flawsThe positives to me wereThe focus It's a Cleopatra novel that is actually about Cleopatra My major contention with other novels about the last Pharaoh is that they tend to emphasise too much on her liaisons with Caesar and Antony to the detriment of herself as a ruler Cleopatra had a life of her own independent of these Roman men who while certainly very important in her life weren't the end all be all of her story Another point that's not a flaw is that her story is placed within the larger narrative of the fall of the Republic in which she had a role because of Antony's involvement in warring with Octavian which is also just a part of her story and not allIn this novel Cleopatra is seen from childhood long before anything Roman rolled into her Egyptian court life She's seen as a child princess in a shaky position seen struggling through the palace coups by her siblings seen with Caesar and without seen as a mother as a ruler as a big sister to young Ptolemy etc There's a lot of her later romance and marriage to Antony too and thankfully by then we've seen enough of her other facets already by the time he's in her life The first person narration also helps in making it her tale despite the pitfalls of using this stylePortrayal of the main character The common portrayal of the scheming temptress who lured powerful Romans into her den of Eastern sensuality and perdition is Augustan propaganda That is it's Octavian's version of Cleopatra and he had motives for blackening her name despite her defeat at his hands Unfortunately that's the one that's persisted the most even McCullough the author of the best series on the Roman Republic in my opinion has resorted to this and it's also seen in some measure even in famous Hollywood films that supposedly romanticise Cleopatra as a tragic figure but that in reality do her a disservice with their weird notion of positive portrayal The Cleopatra in George's novel is nothing like this and curiously that's one complaint I've seen thrown at this novel Maybe people are too used to the Scheming Cleo image? Because I've not seen that the Cleopatra in this novel isn't scheming or calculating or manipulative even; she's all that It's just that it's devoid of the lurid element that'd make it stand out as her main trait She also makes mistakes grave ones but she's not framed as a blundering idiot for that As for the negatives I'd say they wereEditing editing editing The book would've been greatly serviced by a attentive editor It reads as if the only editing done was by the author herself who doesn't seem to have yet mastered self editing at the time she wrote the novel I won't say anything about the pace because that's subjective some readers like or at least don't have trouble with slow and ponderous storytelling other readers can't stand it and abandon the book and yet other readers can't differentiate between slow pace and deficient editing I think the slow pace did fit the scope of the story as it spans decades and the storytelling style as it's first person and uses the personal memoir techniue having Cleopatra write her own story in scrolls and this style does lend itself to rambling to overdescription to detours to digressions etc It's par for the course with first person narration And it's those detours that needed editing the most; the pace itself is fine and it's not there throughout as some scrolls narrate at a uicker paceHistorical mistakes As usual this is a point that's going to call History aficionados I don't throw a book at the wall for a minor mistake nobody can know everything and Margaret George does seem to have done her homework researching the period to judge by her reasonings in the Author's Note by the end Nonetheless she let slip in a few For example she calls Gaius Octavius Thurinus by the name of Octavian one year before his posthumous adoption by Caesar that turned him into Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus aka Octavian Not that these kinds of blunders detract from the story necessarily But it does bother me'Splainin' Some authors can't seem to resist the temptation to talk down to the readership and explain things to them that they think won't be understood or obvious to the readers without authorial intervention And George's is the most annoying sort she translates stuff that is so glaringly obvious that it's insulting she'd assume the reader needs an English euivalent right afterwards And I'm not speaking of obscure words or phrases in Latin or Egyptian in which case it'd be at least understandable but of things like When she has Mark Antony introduce himself she translates his name side by side in the same sentence in the vein of I'm Marcus Antonius Mark Antony Same when making poet Virgil introduce himself at a party to Cleopatra Publius Vergilius Maro Vergil And again when his other fellow poet and fellow Augustan lickspittle Horace introduces himself to her uintus Horatius Flaccus I am called HoraceOh sure I'm Marie Hélène and my name is sooo exotic that you'd never guess it's Mary Ellen in English You see what I mean It's an unnatural way of speaking and it's not like nobody would know since their Latin names aren't so outlandishly different that the anglicised version obfuscates the originals And it's not only names that George overexplains in some parts she can't resist telling about a historical bit of data instead of just weaving it into the narrativeSo after all the above I'm still giving this rating? Yes I did enjoy the novel and it was a welcome change from the usual portrayals of Cleopatra I've read to date I still think Margaret George was a tad too generous with Mark Antony's character because he doesn't emerge as so noble from the historical records as he does in this novel even after lifting the veil of propaganda and political slander

  6. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    What is one person's diversion may be another's supreme test cFrankly I've always disliked Cleopatra Not actively disliked but I've always been wary of all the history hype that surrounds all of her time Now I think I just might start seeing her with different mind This one made me want to reread Spartacus More review to followI loved him so even his past was precious to me I found myself kissing each mark thinking I would have had it never happen I would wish it away taking him further and further back to a time when he had known no disappointments no battles no wounds as I erased each one To make him again like Caesarion Yet if we take the past away from those we love even to protect them do we not steal their very selves? c So I learned two things that night and the next day from him the perfection of a moment and the fleeting nature of it c Things do not happen we must make them happen c

  7. Pam says:

    This is my car bookwhat is a car book? The book I keep in my car for those occasions such as appointments waiting or dining out alone when I want a book to read I have owned this book since November of 2006 and I am only maybe halfway through itbut I have loved savoring it in these short bursts I have often thought of pulling it out of the car and reading it full stop but then I think it would spoil the funI love this book First career was as an archaeologist so I LOVE all the tiny details that are in this book It makes for a fuller mental image in my opinion I think I will actually mourn the end of this book when I do finish it as I have been reading it for so longI will probably buy another Margaret George book for my next car book

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I wouldn’t have thought it possible to make the reign of ueen Cleopatra dull but that’s exactly what Margaret George has achieved in The Memoirs of Cleopatra a 900 page hair puller of a novel Books like this make me wish I wasn’t a Finisher I wish I had mastered the art of abandoning a novel halfway through but alas once I start a book I’m committedNot that Memoirs is a total loss I set out to read it wanting to learn about ueen Cleopatra’s reign and I’ve certainly done that The book is packed to the gills with information Unfortunately it’s also overloaded with dull pedantic sentences such as “It was time for Saturnalia again that holiday celebrating license I understood it a little better now; it seemed to have something to do with Saturn ” pg 320 so it’s hard to get real worked up about the experienceEach section reads like a 5th grader’s five paragraph essay on some aspect of Cleopatra’s reign “This happened And then this happened And this was how I felt about it” There were a few chapters in the first third of the book where George insisted on saying on what seemed like every other page that loyalty was the trait ueen Cleopatra valued most and betrayal the sin she detested most of all I understood you the first time Margaret Even scenes such as Caesar’s death in the Senate failed to strike any kind of emotional chord Indeed George glosses over the moment completely preferring to focus on a bizarre fictitious scene in which Cleopatra spends the first few minutes after she’s heard of the incident comforting the messenger boy who told her about it The relationship between Caesar and Cleopatra as recounted by George also wasn’t something I entirely understood In George’s version Caesar comes across as an abusive manipulating jerk For all I know this may well have been the historical case However George’s Cleopatra fails to feel any kind of meaningful ualms about Caesar’s behavior She behaves like a lovelorn slave girl than the intelligent savvy ueen we all know from history And whenever Cleopatra and Caesar make love in the story it’s the same Damn Scene Every Single TimeGeorge describes Caesar as being uick and inventive on both the battlefield and in bed but her prose are anything but Skip this unforgivable read and pick up your old high school history book It’s bound to be fresh invigorating and inventive

  9. Debbie Zapata says:

    I think my timing was off for trying to read this book I thought it would be a wonderful escape from our real world; after all what could be further away from all of this mess than Egypt in Cleopatra's time?But I noticed problems right away Of course I kept picturing Cleopatra looking like Liz Taylor I know they didn't look anything near similar but when you've seen the movie a zillion times your brain has images it can't erase with mere wordsI read up to about page 300 when I realized I was bored with the story I know I know that sounds horrible but I can't help it I wasn't bothered by the length of the book or by the slow pace and the many Michener like details That is to be expected when an author is covering such a subject But somehow or other during one of the many trips up or down or both along the Nile I simply could not take any I'll give the book to my mother and might return to it someday But meanwhile I'm going to see if I can find my escape in ArgentinaDNF at around page 300

  10. Suvi says:

    I tried my best I really did Made it to 300 pages out of 1063 I just can't waste any of my time into a book that reads like a 15 year old's school essay about Cleopatra VII It was obviously well researched and the first page promised a lot I love verbose descriptions when they're done well but George's bulky and awkward sentences made me want to tear my hair off and stick scarabs into my eyes uite heartbreaking actually because I had such enormous expectations based on the GR rating which basically promised a masterpiece Instead I got paper doll characters whom I had no contact whatsoever and events described in such a way that I started glancing the page numbers after 50 pages The whole thing was a major overkill like the author was constantly banging me in the head with a shovel in order to make sure I understood everything Seriously the last days of the Egyptian kingdom and the life of a woman with the utmost intelligence and knowledge in languages aren't deserving of this dull treatment

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