Book Club Pick – Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff

 Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff is a pick for my online book club.  I voted for it in that I was voting against the other book in the running for discussion.  I know next to nothing about Cleopatra beyond the usual mythology of her great beauty and  love affairs with powerful men, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. One club member has been enjoying it and another finds it slow.  In that case, I guess we will see how I like it. I can’t and don’t have very many expectations, I just hope that the biography won’t be on the dry side.  Schiff is an award winning writer who has written biographies of notable historical figures.

Cleopatra: A Life seems to be getting strong and mixed opinions I noticed, when I peeked at reviews on Goodreads.  It’s mostly a love it or hate it affair. Below, author Stacy Schiff reads from the opening pages of her book.  It was enough to get me looking forward to exploring the life of Cleopatra.

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Is this one that you have read or are looking forward to reading?

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  1. Oh MAAAN, I MUST have this! I have to!! Haha I love Cleopatra and Stacy I just adore Stacy’s voice. She reads like I do…excited but conversationally…I’m always told that I read aloud “too quickly” but she’s reading at the same pace I do and I love it. Thanks for this. Way too much fun!

  2. Nicole, I hope you like it. Can’t wait to read what you think of it. I still haven’t read Margaret George’s Cleopatra. I wonder which author handles Cleopatra best. I never did see Cleopatra played by Elizabeth Taylor. Always think about getting the DVD from Netflix.

  3. Nicole, I love your “currently reading” button from Library Thing. Since I’ve been trying to move and learn, I haven’t gotten much reading done. It’s beginning to upset me. I refuse to stress. Bye.

  4. If you haven’t started it yet, I have heard that the audio is worth a try. The narrator is really quite good. I’m giving some thought to ordering it from our library…

  5. While I love that cover and would love to learn more about Cleopatra, I’ve yet to read a review that made me want to read it. I’m still open to finding that review though 🙂

  6. I was very disappointed. She is jumping all over the place. Where were her editors?

    I recently read & reviewed “Antony and Cleopatra” by Adrian Goldworthy. Much better and well structured. Goldsworthy writes for general public also.

  7. I have never read anything about Cleopatra, so I am interested in this book for that reason alone. I love how book clubs can entice you to read a book you may not otherwise have read before!

  8. Love or hate books really make me intrigued!! I loved Edgar Sawtelle and others absolutely hated it. I’m really looking forward to your thoughts and your book club thoughts on this one!

  9. I’ve read mixed reviews of this one but like you I know next to nothing about Cleopatra so I think I’d like to give it a try. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it. I always trust your literary tastes so if you like it I probably will too! You’ve never steered me wrong before.

    1. So far the beginning has been hard. I’m not sure why she made the choice to start in the middle. It seems a little unorganized but we will see if it shapes up.

  10. Cleopatra A Life has been a great book. I have had to have a dictionary for some of the adjectives but I always enjoy expanding my vocabulary. Stacy Schiff has done a great job of bring Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony to life. Makes me want to watch the television series, Rome, all over again. I didn’t find the book to be unorganized in any way. Ms. Schiff did start the book with Cleopatra showing up in Caesar’s stronghold–just like a lot of good movies start out. I found this beginning to be an enticing introduction to Cleopatra’s story.