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Antony and Cleopatra Hardcover – 17 Sep 2007
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Praise for ‘Antony and Cleopatra’:
‘An irresistible read’
‘Full of passion, greed, intrigue and betrayal…a thoroughly entertaining read’
Praise for Colleen McCullough:
‘Fast-moving and immensely readable…this book is a page turner from start to finish’ Maeve Binchy
'McCullough piles on the drama' Daily Mail
'Sizzling family drama stuffed with passion, tragedy, love and sex' More
'Absorbing’ Sunday Telegraph
'Compelling, passionate and gritty' She
'Probes the depths of the human heart in a haunting, multi-layered novel' Good Book Guide
'Deliciously addictive…a classic tale of wealth and power–an engrossing read' Sainsbury's magazine
Praise for Colleen McCullough:
‘McCullough’s novel is full of passion, greed, intridge and betrayal that are sustained throughout…The political machinatiions of world leaders more than 2000 years ago are surprisingly modern and make for a thoroughly entertaining read.’ The Glasgow Herald
‘Epic History with a human touch.’ Nuneaton Evening Telegraph
‘Fast-moving and immensely readable…this book is a page turner from start to finish.’ Maeve Binchy
'McCullough piles on the drama.' Daily Mail
'Sizzling family drama stuffed with passion, tragedy, love and sex.' More
'Absorbing.’ Sunday Telegraph
'Compelling, passionate and gritty.' She
'Probes the depths of the human heart in a haunting, multi-layered novel.' Good Book Guide
'Deliciously addictive…a classic tale of wealth and power–an engrossing read.' Sainsbury's magazine
‘Political manoeuvrings and scandals abound in this enjoyable Roman read’.
Passion, politics, love and death combine in a novel of the legendary love triangle between the three leaders of Rome: Cleopatra, Mark Antony and Octavian, from the bestselling author of 'The Thorn Birds.' Mark Antony, famous warrior and legendary lover, expected that he would be Julius Caesar's successor. But after Caesar's murder it was his 18-year old nephew, Octavian, who was named in the will. No-one, least of all Antony, expected him to last but his youth and slight frame concealed a remarkable determination and a clear strategic sense. Antony was the leader of the fabulously rich East. Barely into his campaigning, he met Cleopatra, Pharaoh of Egypt. Bereft by the loss of Julius Caesar, her lover, father of her only son, she saw Antony as another Roman who could support her and provide more heirs. His fascination for her, his sense that she knew the way forward where he had lost his, led to the beginning of their passionate, and very public affair. The two men, twin rulers of Rome, might have found a way to live with each other but not with Cleopatra between them.This is a truly epic story of power and scandal, battle and passion, political spin and inexorable fate with a rich historical background and a remarkable cast of characters, all brought brilliantly to life by Colleen McCullough. It is hard to leave the world she has created. See all Product description
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And corrects the notion that Antony was a great general, or that Cleopatra was beautiful.
Colleen McCullough has been one of my favourite authors, every since I read the book The First Man in Rome and then eagerly awaited the next in the series and then the next and so on. The book The October Horse was the story of Caesar and Cleopatra and now Antony and Cleopatra is a natural continuation of the Roman books. Although the story has been told many many times before and in many forms. Colleen McCullough does it in her own inimitable style, making the reader almost feel that they are beside the banks of the Nile.
Mourning the loss of her lover Caesar, the father of her only son, Cleopatra sees Mark Antony as another high ranking Roman who can support and protect her and provide more heirs. Mark Antony is bewildered. He assumed and expected to be Julius Caesar's heir, but after Caesar's murder it was his nephew Octavian who was named in the will. In many people's eyes Mark Antony was a womanizing, hard drinking brute, but he was a complex and intelligent character who was astute enough to see the benefits of his liaison with Cleopatra. Fighting, politics passion. It is all there.
If you havn't read any of Colleen's Roman novels start with the First Man in Rome and enjoy an unparalleled ride with her through the fascinating years of Early Western History. If you love reading and history you won't regret the journey for a single minute.
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ALIVE BY THIS AUTHOR. FICTIONAL HISTORY GIVES FACTUAL HISTORY A LIFE ALL ITS' OWN.
The time span of this book, is from 41 to 27 B.C. It covers a lot of famous events nicely, such as Antony's unsuccessful war against the Parthians; the famous naval battle of Actium and the double suicides of the main characters. Octavian's killing Caesor and Cleopatra's son Caesarion. All because of the power struggle. One of the good things I found is the usage of a glossary.
In the ending chapters, I did feel sorry for Marcus Antonius though. The effect of dialogues and the way events were told had a strong effect.
Quite some scenes can be forgotten. Battles, for example, have a lot of strategy before and after and less of the actual war.
There is one more thing though. Reading this book made me search some more information about the main characters of this book. I searched the Internet about Caesor and Cleopatra's son - Caesarian. And one of the Websites quotes,
"Following Cleopatra's death, Caesar's son, Caesarian, was strangled, and the two sons of Mark Anthony mysteriously disappeared in strange circumstances. Selene was taken to Rome to be raised by Octavia."
The book, however, has the opposite to say. Octavian kills Caesarian first. When this news is broken to Cleopatra, does her desire to live die and then she gets bitten by a cobra.
Nice read if you are interested in history.