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Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
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Sep 25, 10

Read in September, 2010

An amazing, epic book. I started out hating Marc Antony and liking Octavian (his rival Triumvir in Rome, later calling himself 'Caesar Augustus') but by the time the story concluded ended up liking Antonious and hating Octavianus. Well maybe not in such black-and-white terms, because the books attention to character development makes the reader appreciate the motivations, the REASONS behind the characters' actions - and in this Colleen McCullough is a master.
As faulty as Marc Antony - and Cleopatra - may be, as haughty and arrogant, ambitious and ruthless, envious and murderous, and vengeful as both characters can be,yet the writer instills in them a basic humanity - the humanising emotion of love - that makes the reader shift their perceptions from hard judgement to a more compassionate point of view.
The genius of Colleen McCullough is that she manages to instill this quality of multi-faceted humanity in each of her characters, both great and small. Nothing is black or white, good or evil. We are all a blend of similarities and opposites.
Absolutely worth the effort to read it - ABSOLUTELY> don't miss it!
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09/23/2009 page 1
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10/08/2009 page 103
16.32% "It seemed that women preferred men with large penises because a large penis made it easier for them to achieve climaxes"
09/04/2010 page 513
80.0% "Antony is turning out to be a bit of a love-sick puppy as far as Cleopatra is concerned! She's got him wrapped around her bejeweled little finger."

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