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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
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Feb 13, 12

bookshelves: second-monday-bookgroup, historical, non-fiction, audiobook
Recommended to Melody by: Annette Thompson
Read from February 08 to 13, 2012

I began listening to this audio book assuming this was going to be a historical fiction work based loosely on Cleopatra's life. Let's just say I was wrong. Not only was I wrong - but I made a quip about poisonous asps only to discover that the popular account of the Queen of the Nile offing herself with a hissing snake, was most probably false, according to the author.

This is a work of non-fiction written to set straight that very type of historical information that would lead someone to write a vapid semi-erotic, breathy romance about the Egyptian leader (who was Greek, by the way), and would cause a reader to jump to the conclusion that what she was about to read was empty chick-lit.

Enjoyed it and glad I persevered.

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