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Carmen Boullosa's Cleopatra Dismounts tells three versions of the life of Cleopatra. In the first sequence, Marc Antony had just disemboweled himself, knowing.
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Geoff Hargreaves Translation. But is this weak woman the true Cleopatra? Through the intervention of Cleopatra's scribe and informer Diomedes, Boullosa creates two deliriously wild other lives for the young monarch—a girl escaping the intrigues of royal society to disguise herself and take up residence with a band of pirates; and the young queen who is carried across the sea on the back of a magical bull, to live among the Amazons.
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Sort order. Oct 31, Libbie Hawker L. Ironside rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary-fiction. You can't approach this book as historical fiction. It may focus on the last part of Cleopatra IV's life, but it is too dissimilar in tone and delivery to historical fiction. This is not a genre work; it is pure literary fiction, and it's about as literary as it gets.
This leads to a sensory tangle of words intentional and unintentional that may overwhelm some readers. But those who love to read literary works in order to be carried away by a river of images will love it. The essence of the plot, sparse though it is, is a recounting of Cleopatra's memories as she looks back on her life with some pain and regret.
But the strength of the book -- and its actual point, I believe -- is its brilliant, powerful writing, filtered through all these fictional and actual translators until it becomes a study in the potency of pure emotion. It leaves you not with the experience of having lived an adventuresome life, as a straight historical novel might, but rather with the feeling that you have felt all the urgency, desperation, and futility of a once-powerful, now-fallen leader as she contemplates the end, and what that end means.
It's a powerful book, and it's not for everybody. View 2 comments. Jun 11, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: greco-roman-egypt-fiction , literary-fiction , reviewed. This was going so well! For the first or so pages, I was enthralled by Boullosa's writing and her vision of Cleopatra and then came the chapter? Found it nonsensical, too fantastical and verging on irritating? Lacking all the magic and power that the previous sections had? Maybe it was deliberate choice to represent the dying Cleopatra's m This was going so well! Maybe it was deliberate choice to represent the dying Cleopatra's mindframe, but it left me with a sour taste in my mouth.
I felt let down by it, to be honest, expecting something on a par with the first half of the book to produce a powerful ending to Cleopatra's life and Cleopatra Dismounts. Additionally, I felt that the idea Cleopatra's downfall and the deaths of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony was blamed on her being "weak" enough to fall in love, to be addicted to be part of a couple, was a poor choice.
So, yes: I loved the first half or so of Cleopatra Dismounts , but found the conclusion disappointing and a letdown after such a powerful beginning. View all 8 comments. Jul 29, Scampi rated it did not like it. I didn't read the whole book. To be honest, I didn't get off the first page.
This book is horrible! It was given to my mom by her friend who only got through half the book. My mom got through two chapters. I got through the first page. I want to leave it out somewhere for someone else to pick up and read, but I'm afraid that may cause bad karma on my part. Don't read! Totally not worth the effort. Jan 14, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: ancient-egypt , roman-empire , own , cleopatra-vii-philopator , historical , fiction , , books-to-review.
The summary on GR is atrocious but I can't help but read something relatively based on Cleopatra. Aug 05, Juan rated it really liked it. A great take on classical literature, as Carmen Boullosa breathes life into the ancient tomes of Rome and Alexandria. Vicky rated it really liked it Jan 31, Cesar rated it really liked it Dec 12, RG rated it really liked it Mar 14, Kaitlin Descutner rated it it was ok Apr 21, Paul Bickel rated it it was ok Jan 17, Janette rated it really liked it Dec 14, Christina Mariae rated it it was amazing Mar 18, Tina rated it did not like it Apr 14, Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy.
Dual biography that goes beyond myth and dispels misconceptions. The story of the world's best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time. Cleopatra was determined to reconstitute the ancient empire of the Ptolemies, a goal Mark Antony worked diligently to achieve. But their blending of politics and romance led to the ruin of their lives.
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Life of Antony by Plutarch, edited by C. One of the best ancient sources for information on Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Plutarch lived a century after Cleopatra. This biography traces his life from his boyhood friendship with Alexander to his reign over Egypt. Founder of the longest-lasting Hellenistic kingdom, Ptolemy I was an able soldier and ruler, and also an historian. Examines the roles played by Ptolemaic royal women, the extent of their power, the price they paid, and how they shaped Cleopatra's reign.
Discusses sculptures of the Ptolemies, their chronology, and how they helped legitimate the dynasty. Examines the relationship of the Ptolemaic kings to Egyptian society. Neither fully Greek nor wholly Egyptian, the Ptolemaic state was a hybrid that did not break with Egyptian history. More Books About the Hellenistic World.
The Reign of Cleopatra by Stanley Burstein. Ambitious and intelligent, Cleopatra lived her whole life at the center of a complex power struggle. Cleopatra and Egypt by Sally-Ann Ashton. Biography illustrated with over 40 images. Looks at many facets of life under this queen and her dynasty, such as funeral customs, language and writing, social class structure, religion, and administration. Brome Weigall. A balanced look at Cleopatra and the world in which she lived. Includes maps and illustrations.
Cleopatra and Rome by Diane E. This illustrated book surveys works of art and other remnants that chronicle Cleopatra's legend and her mark on the art of imperial Rome. Moving from Shakespeare's England to contemporary Los Angeles, the author looks at race and sexuality in portrayals of Cleopatra.
This lavishly illustrated catalogue from a major international exhibition explores how Cleopatra was depicted in her own era and in later times. More than color illustrations. How Cleopatra has been imagined by writers and artists through the ages, and her role as a focus for cultural debate. A look at how Cleopatra has been depicted throughout history in advertising, paintings, and movies.
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The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. A lengthy, well-written fictional autobiography of the Egyptian queen. A novel about Caesar, Cleopatra and the fall of the Roman republic, by the author of The Thorn Birds and other bestsellers. Caesar is dead, and Rome is divided.