Cleopatra Dismounts: A Novel
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Cleopatra Dismounts: A Novel

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Carmen Boullosa’s Cleopatra Dismounts tells three versions of the life of Cleopatra. In the first sequence, Marc Antony had just disemboweled himself, knowing they had lost the war against Octavian and believing that Cleopatra was dead. Hugging his corpse, Cleopatra castigates Octavian and history for its betrayal of her, recalling variously how she had herself delivered t...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 29th 2004 by Grove Press (first published 2003)
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L.M. Ironside
You can't approach this book as historical fiction. It may focus on the last part of Cleopatra IV's life, but it is too dissimilar in tone and delivery to historical fiction. This is not a genre work; it is pure literary fiction, and it's about as literary as it gets.

Told through the translating pen of a scribe who is interpreting the works of a man who took down dictation for an aging/dying Cleopatra (if memory serves me), the book itself was originally written in Mexican Spanish and translated...more
This was going so well! For the first 120 or so pages, I was enthralled by Boullosa's writing and her vision of Cleopatra and then came the chapter (? Section?) called 'The Queen Dismounts With A Single Leap' – the largest chapter and presented as Cleopatra's true final words – and I just... got bored? Found it nonsensical, too fantastical and verging on irritating? Lacking all the magic and power that the previous sections had?

Maybe it was deliberate choice to represent the dying Cleopatra's m...more
I didn't read the whole book. To be honest, I didn't get off the first page. This book is horrible! It was given to my mom by her friend who only got through half the book. My mom got through two chapters. I got through the first page. I want to leave it out somewhere for someone else to pick up and read, but I'm afraid that may cause bad karma on my part. Don't read! Totally not worth the effort.
The summary on GR is atrocious but I can't help but read something relatively based on Cleopatra.
A great take on classical literature, as Carmen Boullosa breathes life into the ancient tomes of Rome and Alexandria.
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