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Listen as Cleopatra tells her story. From her childhood in the palace of the Pharaohs she divined that a unique destiny would be hers. She knew her heritage when she visited the crypt to gaze upon the miraculously preserved body of her ancestor, Alexander the Great. She grew up at the side of her father, King Ptolemy, struggled for power against her murderous, scheming broListen as Cleopatra tells her story. From her childhood in the palace of the Pharaohs she divined that a unique destiny would be hers. She knew her heritage when she visited the crypt to gaze upon the miraculously preserved body of her ancestor, Alexander the Great. She grew up at the side of her father, King Ptolemy, struggled for power against her murderous, scheming brothers and sisters. You are there amidst the pageantry of her coronation, at the religious rites where she is the Goddess Isis. Here are her great loves that shook empires: her conquest of Caesar, her romance with Antony. This is Cleopatra, blonde and blue-eyed, holding court in splendor and dominating her era - and exotic and enigmatic queen, mixing politics with passion, mother to four children and to all her people - Cleopatra, the quintessential woman of all time....

Title : I, Cleopatra
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ISBN : 9780446813792
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 749 Pages
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I, Cleopatra Reviews

  • Sarah Mac
    2019-02-04 12:17

    Wow. This was truly awful -- an orgy of infodumps & stilted purple prose. The flatline narration had no highs or lows, trudging endlessly from one sketchy scene to another with no sense of knowing the people involved, or even caring WTF happened to them...and that's not to mention the epic "As you know, Bob" conversations that read like they were lifted directly from the author's research cards. Boring, drab, & utterly lifeless. I'm still not sure how anyone could make Cleopatra such a yawn-worthy narrator, but there it is. (And WTF are all these high ratings? I'm flabbergasted.) Did. Not. Finish. I've got better bad books on the TBR.

  • Melody
    2019-01-21 13:34

    I loved this book so much when I discovered it as an eighth-grader. I read my copy till it came apart in my hands. I happened across it again at a yard sale, so of course I picked it up. I'm so sorry I did. Overwrought, purple prose (lots of fiery manhood thrusting into queenly flesh like a flaming, passionate sword), though beneath all the romance is some interesting history. I can't recommend this, and I have a hard time believing I was once someone who could read and re-read this tripe.

  • Anne Monteith
    2019-02-08 16:09

    This book was once very hard to find, but now it once again available in both print and electronic and I recommend that anyone who likes good historical fiction to buy it while it is available, The Kindle edition is only 2.99.The author wrote this novel in first person perspective, with Queen Cleopatra as the narrator. It begins with Cleopatra as a child. Her father Ptolemy XII is portrayed as a sad, drunken man, but despite this, Cleopatra loves him dearly. Egypt is bankrupt and dependent on Rome for support, but as she grows up she becomes aware that Rome is more dependent on Egypt The author gives us more insight on Cleopatra's sisters and their advisors than others I have read and from a very young age, she realizes that both of her sisters want her dead.Cleopatra is portrayed here as very intelligent child who loves history and became an expert historian in her time. She was fascinated by Alexander the Great, and his prowess on the battlefield. It was one of his generals that began the Ptolemy dynasty and she believes that Egypt can be the great nation that it was at the beginning of the Ptolemy's reign. As a woman, she is shrewd enough to know that she needs a general as great as Alexander and she finds them, first in Julius Caesar and then Mark Antony and she loved both of them greatly.This novel is an excellent blend of history and fiction and is a very enjoyable read. Nearly thirty years later, Margaret George would write her version of the memoirs of this remarkable queen, but I still think this is the better of the two.

  • Kathleen
    2019-01-21 13:20

    This was a great book! It's quite old. The author did a lot of research about Cleapatra and Ceasar and Marc Antony, and although it is a novel, he tried to be as true to history as possible. I really enjoyed it. It's long!

  • Steph Dean
    2019-01-26 12:28

    Second time I read this. Absolutely loved it.

  • Andrea
    2019-02-11 13:28

    I remember my sister really liking this book when we were young.

  • Crystol
    2019-02-15 14:32

    Loved it in Grade 8; not sure if I'd feel the same now at age 44, though. However, there it is.

  • Lilly
    2019-01-26 14:32

    it gave me a view of cleopatra's life

  • Bren
    2019-01-25 10:29

    I do not usually write reviews but occasionally I make an exception. I read I Cleopatra a very long time ago but it's one of my favorites and I reread it every year or two. This book is, in my opinion, the best book on Cleopatra I have ever read. Since I first read it, I have tried in vain to find a book on her life that is as good. I have read some really good ones but nothing that packs half the punch. It takes you through her whole life, from birth until death. We meet her family, her friends and of coarse her two great loves, Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Nothing is glossed over and although, like most books about Cleopatra, much is fictionalized there is much that is fact as well. What sets it apart are the characterizations, not just of Cleopatra but of virtually every character in this book. They are vivid and captivating and Egypt itself comes alive and becomes its own character as you are transported there. The book has depth and beauty and can be enjoyed by anyone. I read it as a kid but adulthood has not dulled my enjoyment of it at all. There isn't a dull moment in the entire book. It is worth noting the book is long..very long..but the pages fly. It actually isn't long enough in my opinion as it's disappointing when the book ends.I'd encourage anyone with an interest in Cleopatra and her life to pick up a copy of this book. It's a wonderful read.

  • Somer Canon
    2019-01-23 12:36

    I read this book a couple of decades ago. I found the tattered paperback in a stack of my recently deceased grandmother's belongings. I liked it then, as a young pubescent girl. As a 30 something woman, I found myself waffling between boredom (oh my god, the bragging by the legendary Cleopatra) and outright anger. It doesn't happen often with me, but every now and then I read a story in which a woman is the narrator but the author is the man and I can't help but be annoyed at the remarks of the woman's body and beauty. Sure, we ARE talking about Cleopatra, whose reputation, depending on who you ask, was a bit iffy, but good grief enough about the breasts and slender hips! To be fair, a lot is said about the guile and intellect of the legendary queen as well, but the story telling comes across as reckless and smug. Perhaps there's something to be said for that, as the narrator was raised to believe herself a living deity, but it made for a boring read.

  • Elia Princess of Starfall
    2019-01-26 17:32

    A blonde Cleopatra?!?!White-washing at its finest.