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Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra
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In this extraordinary play, one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, a once-great general finds himself torn between his duty to the Roman Empire and his passionate attachment to Cleopatra, the alluring "Queen of the Nile." In depicting the collision of two contrasting cultures—Antony's world of... show more
In this extraordinary play, one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, a once-great general finds himself torn between his duty to the Roman Empire and his passionate attachment to Cleopatra, the alluring "Queen of the Nile." In depicting the collision of two contrasting cultures—Antony's world of political conniving and the hedonistic pleasures of Cleopatra's court—the playwright portrays a timeless paradox of human nature, the quest for seemingly irreconcilable goals.The action of the play ranges from Alexandria and Rome to Syria and Athens, from the rugged quarters of military camps to the luxurious atmosphere of the Egyptian court. In the latter milieu Antony lingers, shamed by his overwhelming passion for Cleopatra yet irresistibly drawn toward love as a source of vitality and renewal. After ignoring increasingly urgent demands by his co-ruler, Octavius Caesar, for his return to Rome, Antony reluctantly obeys at last, marrying Octavius's sister and forming a fragile political alliance. This bond shatters when he returns to Cleopatra's side. Octavius declares war on the lovers, forcing them into a battle for world domination with dramatic and unforgettable consequences.Brimming with Shakespeare's matchless poetry, Antony and Cleopatra is one of the world's great plays. In this inexpensive edition, it will enthrall students of drama and literature, poetry lovers, and all who appreciate Shakespeare's art.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780486400624 (048640062X)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
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Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.5 Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra
A play that is in the middle of Shakespeare's work in terms of quality. It tells the story of Antony and Cleopatra's doomed romance and their defeat at the hands of the future emperor Octavian. By far the best thing about the play is Cleopatra and Antony as characters and their relationship. Cleo...
AlexeyBLOG
AlexeyBLOG rated it
An incredible take on the power of politics and the many ways it can change a man, and on the definition of love.
The Bookchemist
The Bookchemist rated it
An incredible take on the power of politics and the many ways it can change a man, and on the definition of love, and of the actual existence of a definition for love.Featured in my Top 5 Shakespearean Tragedies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX6rxhK4s2o
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
3.0
Rulers fall in love. Rulers lose. Rulers commit suicide. That's the simplified synopses which I admit that I borrowed from Shelfari.com. There's an obvious parallel with Romeo and Juliet, but Antony and Cleopatra were old enough to know better. But I guess love is love, and what does age have to d...
Grack21
Grack21 rated it
5.0 Antony and Cleopatra (The Pelican Shakespeare)
Liked this much better the second time around.Edit 2: OK, I'm not usually of the "you have to see it performed to really appreciate it crowd", but damn. DAMN.
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