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One of Cleopatra's Nights

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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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Steven  Godin
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, historical
Decadent Romanticism at it's finest. Gautier had such a golden touch when it came to the flow of his work. Here, the prose takes on the form of dense lyrical poetry. And it's Cleopatra! what's not to like.

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"It is a strange situation to love a queen; it is as if one loved a star, and still the star comes each night to shine in its place in the sky; it is a kind of mysterious rendezvous; you find her there, you see her, she is not angry at you for looking at her! Oh, misery! to be poo
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Gabrielle Dubois
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
One of Cleopatra’s Night is a historical novel by Théophile Gautier, written in 1838.
« Nineteen hundred years ago, a beautifully gilded and painted boat descended the Nile with all the rapidity that could gave it fifty long, flat oars crawling over the scratched water like the legs of a gigantic scarab. Here comes Cleopatra. »
In her summer palace, Cleopatra "is horribly bored". Meïamoun, in love with the queen, is caught spying her in her bath. Having the whim to be clement, Cleopatra gives him
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Anna
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: overdrive
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 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 ?
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 20, 2014 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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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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