Tuesday, May 1, 2012

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

Finals are almost over and soon there will not be much to occupy that time dedicated to studying and class. Since the semester is beginning to come to an end, now is the perfect time to select some summer reading. Slip into a good book that can help you escape and leave those troubles behind. The McNaughton Collection has many best-selling books to assist in your getaway. A book that caught my eye is “Cleopatra – A Life” by Stacy Schiff.

This story has been told many times in various different ways. Schiff describes Cleopatra’s life story in a new captivating way. Cleopatra, being born as a goddess, became the queen of Egypt by the age of 18. The kingdom was passed to her in a state of decline. The author illustrates the downfall, rise, downfall, rise, and then final downfall of her Egyptian empire. She was a great leader and the only female to stand alone in ruling. Sadly, history does not know her for these accomplishments but for her manipulation and seductiveness. She is seen as the unlawful partner of Caesar and Mark Antony.

In “Cleopatra – A Life”, Stacy Schiff clears all negative associations and focuses on displaying a more complex and intriguing view of Cleopatra. Despite any truth to the unfavorable words of others, she expresses the life of Cleopatra in a positive manner, remembering to shed light on her concern and close involvement in the well-being of her empire. This will be a great book to read and experience a classical story in a much unexpected way.

Tiana Chichester, Guest Blogger

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