I feel smarter after devouring one of her novels. Her writing style is so accessible, that even when the story is mired in history, geography, Latin, unfamiliar words, hard to remember names I still live it as I read! Antony was a boor. By all accounts he was handsome, charming and strong, but at the same time, he was a womanizer, drank to excess and suffered feelings of inadequacy.
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About The Book A sweeping epic of ancient Rome from the 1 bestselling author of The Thorn Birds In this breathtaking follow-up to The October Horse, Colleen McCullough turns her attention to the legendary romance of Antony and Cleopatra, and in this timeless tale of love, politics, and power, proves once again that she is the best historical novelist of our time.
Caesar is dead, and Rome is, again, divided. Lepidus has retreated to Africa, while Antony rules the opulent East, and Octavian claims the West, the heart of Rome, as his domain. With the bearing of a hero, and the riches of the East at his disposal, Antony seems poised to take the prize.
Like a true warrior-king, he is a seasoned general whose lust for power burns alongside a passion for women, feasts, and Chian wine. His rival, Octavian, seems a less convincing candidate: the slight, golden-haired boy is as controlled as Antony is indulgent and as cool-headed and clear-eyed as Antony is impulsive. Indeed, the two are well matched only in ambition. And though politics and war are decidedly the provinces of men in ancient Rome, women are adept at using their wits and charms to gain influence outside their traditional sphere.
Cleopatra, the ruthless, golden-eyed queen, welcomes Antony to her court and her bed but keeps her heart well guarded. Octavian, too, has a strong woman by his side: his exquisite wife, raven-haired Livia Drusilla, who learns to wield quiet power to help her husband in his quest for ascendancy. As the plot races toward its inevitable conclusion -- with battles on land and sea -- conspiracy and murder, love and politics become irrevocably entwined.
Her masterful and meticulously researched narrative is filled with a cast of historical characters whose motives, passions, flaws, and insecurities are vividly imagined and expertly drawn.
During her childhood, the family moved around a great deal and she was also "a voracious reader". While at Yale she wrote her first two books. One of these, The Thorn Birds , became an international bestseller and one of the best selling books in history, with sales of over 30 million copies worldwide, that in inspired one of the most-watched television miniseries of all time. He changed his name formally to Ric Newton Ion Robinson in
Antony and Cleopatra