Our second book club selection from September has From Left to Write members all abuzz. We’re reading Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life, which just came out on paperback last week. Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, is probably the most well know queen in ancient history. She has inspired Shakespeare and has been played by Elizabeth Taylor. Do we really know who Cleopatra was? Stacy Schiff digs into the history books to find out who the real Cleopatra was.
This should wet your appetite for the book:
Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
So grab your copy of Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life which is published by Little, Brown, and Company. You might want to buy two copies. Our club members have reported that their husbands have stolen their copy!
Come back on Tuesday, September 27 to read how Cleopatra: A Life inspired our book club members.