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Adult Book Club Meeting

Description: The Manchester Public Library on 586 Main Street will have its November meeting of their adult book club on Monday November 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. This month’s selection is Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.
Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnet, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.
She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra’s best known liaisons were Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.
Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra's supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life. (From www.goodreads.com)
No registration required for this free book discussion event. Copies of the book are available for check out at the main library. For more information, please call Jenn Bartlett at 860-645-0821 or visit the library website at http://library.townofmanchester.org
Location: Mary Cheney Library 586 Main St
URL: http://library.townofmanchester.org
Date: Monday, November 26, 2018
Time: 7:00pm EST
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
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Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:38am EDT