Book Review #22: Cleopatra

Author: Ernle Bradford

Genre: History, Biographical, Memoirs

Language: English

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Date of publications: November 13, 2015

No. of pages: 212

Review: My fascination for Egyptian history attracted me to this book and I am glad to report that my choice didn’t disappoint me at all. The name of the book pretty much says it all (and that’s the reason why I am excluding synopsis from this book review)

Cleopatra is one of the most common names in the history books when it comes to Egyptian and Roman history. Usually her character has been described as a seductress who used her wiles for political aspirations. But sex hardly ever defines a person. This book is a clear representation of the same. The Queen of Nile has been brought to life through each chapter detailing out the political life of Egyptian and Roman empire. The author presents a depth to the famous character of Cleopatra with the help of a thorough use of ancient and modern historical resources which manages to capture the interest of the reader as well maintain it throughout the book. Each chapter is well thought out and presented and that gives this book an extra edge. If you think it is just about Cleopatra you are thoroughly mistaken. The entire book is a detailed narrative of political journey from the eyes of Egyptian and Roman history and clearly brings out how closely entwined both are.

Being a historical account, some of the language presented in the book is quite tough to understand and follow through which does make it a difficult read. However, I must applaud the author for his attempt to keep the book as simple as possible for a reader of all genre. However, a more pictorial illustration of the book will definitely bring not only color to the book, but also can bring a change in the pace of reading. Having said that, I would recommend a use of different image for the cover page since the complicated image contradicts the simplicity of the title.

My opinion: A definite read for all historical fanatics out there.

My rating: 3 out of 5.


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