Cleopatra (novel)


Cleopatra (novel)
Cleopatra  
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Cover of the first edition
Author(s) H. Rider Haggard
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Adventure novel
Publisher Longmans
Publication date 1889
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 316 pp
ISBN 1-55521-122-4
OCLC Number 16862670

Cleopatra: Being an Account of the Fall and Vengeance of Harmachis is a novel written by the author H. Rider Haggard, the author of King Solomon's Mines and She.

The book was first printed in 1889.

The story is set in the Ptolemaic era of Ancient Egyptian history and revolves around the survival of a dynasty bloodline protected by the Priesthood of Isis. The main character Harmachis (the living descendant of this bloodline) is charged by the Priesthood to overthrow the supposed impostor Cleopatra, drive out the Romans and restore Egypt to its golden era.

As is the case with the majority of Haggard's works, the story draws heavily upon adventure and exotic concepts. The story, told from the point of view of the Egyptian priest Harmachis, is recounted in biblical language, being in the form of papyrus scrolls found in a tomb. Haggard's portrait of Cleopatra is quite stunning, revealing her wit, her treachery, and her overwhelming presence. All of the characters are mixtures of good and evil, and evoke both sympathy and loathing. While much of the material on ancient Egyptian ritual is overdone,[citation needed] the often brilliant dialogue and the fateful interactions between the principal characters make the book quite unforgettable in comparison to Haggard's better known but more conventional adventure novels.[citation needed] Cleopatra goes unrecognized in most discussions of Haggard—perhaps because of its stilted language.[citation needed]

Boucher and McComas gave the novel a mixed review, saying that it combined "a not always believable portrait" of its title heroine with a "fascinating, wholly convincing" story line.[1]

See also

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  • Harmachis

References

  1. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, September 1953, p. 100.
  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 112. 

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