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The story is set in the Ptolemaic era of ancient Egyptian history and revolves around the survival of a dynasty bloodline protected by the Priesthood of Isis. The main character Harmachis (the living descendant of this bloodline) is charged by the Priesthood to overthrow the supposed impostor Cleopatra, drive out the Romans, and restore Egypt to its golden era.

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Shahidul nahid
Mar 31, 2017 Shahidul nahid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
বইয়ের নামঃ কলিওপেটরা
লেখকঃ হেনরি রাইডার হযাগারড
রূপানতরঃ সায়েম সোলায়মান
পরকাশনাঃ সেবা পরকাশনী
পৃষঠা সংখাঃ ২৪৪
মুলযঃ ৯৭ টাকা

শরট রিভিউঃ

* অনেকদিন ধরে বই পড়লেও সেবা পরকাশনীর কোন বই এই পরথম পড়লাম। ভালোই লেগেছে... যদিও নিউজপরিনট, পেপারবযাকে আমি অভযসত নই, তবুও মনদ লাগে নাই বযাপারগুলা।

* মিশরের এক পরাচীন শহরের এক পুরানো মনদির এর নিচে খুঁজে পাওয়া যায় একটি কবর তার মধযে একটি লাশের থেকে পাওয়া যায় তিনটি পযাপিরাসের খনড।গলপের শুরুটা এমন। কাহিনীটা হামারচিসের, তার সাথেআছে কলিওপেটরার কাহিনী। পৃথিবীর অনিনদযসুনদরী কলিওপে
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Youssab John
Sep 02, 2012 Youssab John rated it it was amazing
Never before in my life have I been so obsessed with a book as I have been with this one. The fact that it's based on a translation of a roll of papyrus found in Harmachis' tomb and within the mummy itself, makes it even more haunting. The idea that the fate of Ancient Egypt in all its might is at stake to be determined by a bunch of people namely, Harmachis, Cleopatra and Charmion, to have the power that could potentially change history itself, to have the choice of ending a civilization that l ...more
Cherie
May 25, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very interesting story of Anthony and Cleopatra told by another man who loved Cleopatra, who could not kill her and who should have been Pharaoh but was betrayed by his love for her. The man was Harmachis, the son of a Priest of Isis, who was schooled and groomed to be Pharaoh and actually crowned by the secret Priests of Isis to rule Egypt. The story told, was written by Harmachis on three papyrus scrolls and found in his coffin along, with his unembalmed body by a friend of the author.
Surreysmum
Read this on my Kindle from a file on the Internet Archive (I think). As these things go, it wasn't a bad scan. As for the novel itself, great fun, and most likely an extremely unreliable source of information about things Ancient Egyptian! As usual with literature of this period, the attitude towards women is infuriating, in entirely predictable ways, and Cleopatra's power is ascribed entirely to preternatural beauty (a notion that contemporary portraits tend to discredit). The first person nar ...more
John
Oct 10, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
This was a bit slow in the beginning and some other spots, but overall a very good book. Look forward to reading some of H. Rider Haggard's other novels.
Mahdi Hasan
Oct 07, 2016 Mahdi Hasan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
এ গলপ সৌনদরযের রানি কলিওপেটরার। এ গলপ সাহসী
হারমাচিসের। এ গলপ পরাচীন মিশরের। এ গলপ পরতিহিংসার,
বিশবাসঘাতকতার। তার চেয়েও বড় কথা এ গলপ হেনরি রাইডার
হযাগারডের।

হাজার বছর আগের কথা। মিশরের রানি তখন কলিওপেটরা। বলা
হয়ে থাকে, পৃথিবীতে যদি কোনো সবরগের রূপময়
দেবী থেকে থাকে, তাহলে সে কলিওপেটরা ছাড়া আর
কেউ নয়। মিশরের চিরাচরিত পূরবের শাসনকারীদের
শতরু।...এই কলিওপেটরা যেদিন জনম নিয়েছিল, ঠিক সেদিন
জনম নিয়েছিল হারমাচিস নামে এক ছেলে। হারমাচিসের মা
সবপন দেখলো, এই ছেলে একদিন মিশরের সিংহাসনে
অধিকৃষঠ হবে। এই খবর কানে গেল মিশরের
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Vicki Cline
This book is supposedly the contents of three scrolls discovered during an archeological dig, written by Harmachis, who was a descendent of the last Egyptian pharaoh. The first scroll tells of his religious upbringing and training and of the plot to throw out the Macedonians (i.e. Cleopatra) and assume the rule of Egypt. The second one is about how Harmachis insinuated himself into Cleopatra's entourage, how he fell in love with her and how she betrayed him in order to gain access to a treasure. ...more
Joseph
Oct 27, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
... probably closer to a 3.5.

Another one of Haggard's early novels; I believe this was his first big historical romance. Narrated by one Harmachis (Egyptian priest and secretly last of the true line of pharaohs), who has been groomed from birth to cast out the foreign oppressor and restore Egypt to her rightful glory; but then there's his attractive cousin Charmion and, of course, Cleopatra herself, and they both use their Feminine Wiles to thwart him for one reason or another.

The prose is kind
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Rozonda
He isn't a genial writer, but I enjoy Haggard's writing as entertaining and passionate about Pagan cultures and religions. This narration of Cleopatra's story with a magical and spiritual twist is a good example.
Like Ayesha, Rider's best known female character, Prince Harmachis is a servant of Goddess Isis who falls out of Her grace for love, and when his beloved, Cleopatra, betrays him, his vengeance on her and Mark Antony will be terrible.
Userinfo
Nov 27, 2010 Userinfo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tragedy of the Highest Order. This gut-wrenching novel is a masterpiece, a complex journey into the heart of Ancient Egypt. This story will touch your heart and unlock your imagination while delving into the ultimate conflicts between good and evil. Man and God. Glory and Sin. Triumph and Destruction. Spectacular!
Audrey Grant
Boreing...long and drawn out. Two of the characters were interesting but they showed up so seldom it was almost torture waiting for them to reappear! Quite a bit of hystorical info. if it can all be believed.
Joy
Dec 13, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected but really interesting & a different view on Cleopatra
C-shaw
Apr 18, 2012 C-shaw rated it liked it
Very interesting and unusual book. Not what I expected from Haggard.
Krishna Giri
Dec 08, 2012 Krishna Giri rated it it was amazing
One of the finest historical novels ever.
Anupam Sinha
Feb 28, 2013 Anupam Sinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantasy account of the life of Cleopatra; a magical facet of historical chronology.
Ragne
This is not an easy read. It's written in "old timey English", so unless you can read for instance Shakespeare fluently, it will take some time. As English is not my first language, I was glad I read it on Kindle, which has a good, easy to use dictionary.
However, it is well worth the "trouble". The language gives the story a certain credibility.

The characters are both good and evil, which makes them believable. Haggard's knowledge of history and mythology is great, and I learned some stuff I ha
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ArZo
May 09, 2017 ArZo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
অদভুত! অসাধারণ!! অনবদয!!! ...more
Neil
Oct 08, 2013 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is certainly not Haggard's best work. While there are some fine discussions of Egyptian religion (doubtlessly caught up in some way with Haggard's seeming interest in Theosophy), many of the characters in this novel are shadows of the more interesting and complicated figures in _She_. I was struck by the deep feelings of sexual shame on the part of the narrator in this text. Haggard seems aware of this fact to a degree, but this awareness cannot make up for the book's obsessive return to th ...more
Sharon
Sep 20, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Published in 1889, the prose is as lyrical as the King James bible. Haggard explains at the beginning that this is a translation of parchments found written by Harmachis, who stood to be pharaoh had Cleopatra, from Macedonia, not conquered Egypt. Harmachis tells the story from his blacksmith father's abuse up the ranks to the position of royal astrologer and physician to Cleopatra herself. Plats to overthrow her are planned, thwarted by betrayal, renewed, and finally carried out to success. Now ...more
Trounin
На страницах «Клеопатры» постоянно зреют заговоры. Жрецов не устраивает Клеопатра, они готовы совершить переворот и дать бразды правления Гармахису. Для пущей остроты читательского интереса, Хаггард поручает осуществить убийство претенденту на престол. Никаких возражений авторскому праву на построение сюжета у читателя не возникает, ведь читатель твёрдо уверен в правдивости слов писателя. Если надо пойти на жертвы ради светлого будущего, раскапывать могилы или капать ядом, то лучше Гармахиса для ...more
Katherine Holmes
Jun 20, 2011 Katherine Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of historical fiction
Though Harmachis' ponderings might be tedious at the beginning, Haggard's knowledge of Egyptian religion and rites is impressive for the 1800s. It looks as if the writers of the movie Cleopatra read and re-read this, however Haggard's Cleopatra is capable of extreme loyalty, deception, passion, and cruelty - like men in her position. Once in, this book galloped. I'm glad I read this author. I guess his King Solomon's Mines inspired Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Michael
Another Haggard romance adventure. Not as bloody as the Quatermain books but just as quaint and the language much in the same ersatz biblical idiom.
An imaginative historical novel with a supposed behind the scenes account of the defeat and death of Cleopatra and Antony. Also much mysticism and over heated passion and vengeance!
You may enjoy as very light reading and escapism from the Victorian age.
Melanie
Aug 03, 2011 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This book was good except for the fact that it was drawn out. Several times I had to put it down and read a different novel because I got bored, which does not happen very often for me. The facts were correct but the way that they were laid out made it very boring. I love Egypt and if I had more time then I might have read it more thoroughly, but I skimmed most of it because I just wanted to be finished.
Barbora
Apr 25, 2014 Barbora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dílo, jež ve starém jazyce popisuje úžasným stylem krásy a tajemství Egypta, jeho královny Kleopatry i učeného Harmachise, jež měl Egyptu navrátit svobodu. Dílo plné lásky, intrik, lží, naděje i bolesti. Dozvíte se zajímavé informace o náboženství starověkého Egypta i o příběhu, jež nedá spát umělcům celá staletí. Díky zachování starého jazyka se začátek knihy čte hůře, ale brzy si zvyknete a už Vám nic nebrání se díky několika stránkám přenést do doby dávné a čarovné.
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Keith
Oct 28, 2008 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of this. It was the first Haggard I've read and it didn't impress me all that much. Haggard drops his own character in the midst of the action and makes him the secret source for much of what happened in history. It's just a little bit of plot and a lot of flowery speeches. And yet I was surprised by how quickly it flew by. Maybe I'd like one of his more esteemed books better.
George
Nov 13, 2016 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is set in the Ptolemaic era of ancient Egypt as told by Harmachis, a direct descendant of the last true pharaoh who is charged by the priesthood to overthrow the supposed impostor Cleopatra, drive out the Romans, and restore Egypt to its golden era.

As is the case with the majority of Haggard's works, the story draws heavily upon adventure and exotic concepts filled with detail and slow moving. The story offers a very well developed characterization of Cleopatra.
Clayton Barr
Sep 14, 2012 Clayton Barr rated it it was ok
The conceit of the book is that it tells the story of Cleopatra's rule of Egpyt and her eventual death, following her beoloved Antony, as if it were from the translated hieroglyphics on ancient papyrus pages found in Egpyt. It's written in a style that seems to be half King James Bible and half Shakespeare, which makes it difficult to slog through at times. But an interesting experiment for me in reading a different kind of book.
Lucy
Nov 16, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the basic idea of this book, taking historical facts and putting an entirely fictional spin on them - I found it fairly plausible, actually, which is more than can be said for 'She' or 'King solomon's Mines'. The characters were credible and consistent - but it just went on too long, more plot and less pontificating would have made for a pacier read. So it was OK, but not a patch on She or KSM.
bkwurm
Aug 26, 2012 bkwurm rated it it was ok
Interesting take on the Cleopatra story.

For those familiar with Cleopatra, the devoted servant Charmion is here the key individual acting behind the scenes who is responsible for Cleopatra's fall and the end of Egyptian independence. Not a bad tale if you can get past the stereotypes inherent in the plot which is somewhat distracting to the modern reader
David
Mar 22, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haggards historical novel is a joy because of his exciting evocation of Egypt and of the confident way in which Cleopatra is presented- manipulative, deceiving but always attractive. The books weaves elements of the magical and the supernatural, exploring the historical and the mythical with a precision and energy that sits beside the best novels on the pharaonic culture.
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and the creator of the Lost World literary genre. His stories, situated at the lighter end of the scale of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. He was also involved in agricultural reform and improvement in the British Empire.

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“For Woman, in her weakness, is yet the strongest force upon the earth. She is the helm of all things human; she comes in many shapes and knocks at many doors; she is quick and patient, and her passion is not ungovernable like that of man, but as a gentle steed that she can guide e'en where she will, and as occasion offers can now bit up and now give rein. She has a captain's eye, and stout must be that fortress of the heart in which she finds no place of vantage. Does thy blood beat fast in youth? She will outrun it, nor will her kisses tire. Art thou set toward ambition? She will unlock thy inner heart, and show thee roads that lead to glory. Art thou worn and weary? She has comfort in her breast. Art thou fallen? She can lift thee up, and to the illusion of thy sense gild defeat with triumph. Ay, Harmachis, she can do these things, for Nature ever fights upon her side; and while she does them she can deceive and shape a secret end in which thou hast no part. And thus Woman rules the world. For her are wars; for her men spend their strength in gathering gains; for her they do well and ill, and seek for greatness, to find oblivion. But still she sits like yonder Sphinx, and smiles; and no man has ever read all the riddle of her smile, or known all the mystery of her heart. Mock not! mock not! Harmachis; for he must be great indeed who can defy the power of Woman, which, pressing round him like the invisible air, is often strongest when the senses least discover it.” 2 likes
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