Let me state right off the bat, that this non-fiction biography about the Egyptian queen won the Pulitzer Prize. That alone will tell you that it’s a notable work. Did I mention that the New York Times Book Review voted it “Best Book of the Year,” when it came out in 2010? Well, it deserved that too.
It’s amazing how Schiff can put together a very readable and compelling biography about a woman of who no accurate likeness is available. What’s more, although much has been written about her, most of it from the time was biased, and the remainder was written much later and romanticized. It’s not like there are loads of credible sources out there to draw from.
Still, she does an excellent job. We get a sense of the real Cleopatra, what her likely motives were and a better understanding of her world – which was fascinating. Highly recommend!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010