Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cleopatra : A Life, by Stacy Schiff

This Pulitzer Prize-winning author has her work cut out for her in separating fact from fiction/legend in creating this biographical account constituting a well-researched 2010 tome replete with all the trappings, including extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index: nevertheless, a working knowledge of the geopolitical sensibilities of CA.50-30 BC is recommended (But can I get a chronology – please?). Even the most persistent reader needs more than an index to keep all the players straight, many of whom have similar names to complement their somewhat entangled (ahem) various family dynamics. Suffice to say that the Taylor-Burton biopic only managed to scratch the surface of this tortured story – however, spoiler alert: apparently the asp did not do it!

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: McNaughton
1st Floor McNaughton Collection
Review submitted by: Cheryl Highsmith, Coordinator of Electronic Resources & Serials, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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