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One of Cleopatra's Nights (Dodo Press)

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Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier (1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and literary critic. In the 1830 Revolution, he chose to stay with friends in the Doyenne district of Paris, living a rather pleasant bohemian life. He began writing poetry as early as 1826 but the majority of his life was spent as a contributor to various journals, mainly for La ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 24th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1839)
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Pewterbreath
Very Baroque and ultimately a sense of style over substance, this book has some lovely passages but tedious pages. Partly because of the translation, I suspect, the writing comes out as overwrought, overemotional, melodrama.
D3a
Apr 23, 2014 D3a rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demasiadas descripciones mientras pasa muy poco para mi gusto. La historia es interesante pero inconsecuente.
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I was originally intrigued by the cover art and the title (e-book version); then by the translator's opening essay In his time, . Gautier was considered a wordmaster, an artist who created a painting by carefully choosing and placing words to achieve his creation. For me, the ornate descriptions sometimes interrupted the storytelling; but these tales are gems of Romanticism filled with deep emotion, exotic locales, a touch of the supernatural. Interestingly, one of the recurring themes of these ...more
Mazel
Aug 08, 2009 Mazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-historique
C'est une Cléopâtre bien inhabituelle que dépeint ici Théophile Gautier : une reine effrayée par cette Egypte monumentale sur laquelle elle règne et, par-dessus tout, une reine qui s'ennuie...

La survenue d'un audacieux jeune homme qui brave tous les dangers pour elle introduit dans se fastueuse existence un trouble qui la séduit.

Mais séduire Cléopâtre s'avère peut-être le plus périlleux des exploits.

Les voluptueux caprices de la reine ne sont-ils pas les plus dangereux ?
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Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier (1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and literary critic. In the 1830 Revolution, he chose to stay with friends in the Doyenné district of Paris, living a rather pleasant bohemian life. He began writing poetry as early as 1826 but the majority of his life was spent as a contributor to various journals, mainly for La Presse, which also gave ...more
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