When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra

  • Title: When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra
  • Author: Colin Falconer
  • ISBN: 9780609808894
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • When We Were Gods A Novel of Cleopatra The most complete woman ever to have existed the most womanly woman and the most queenly queen a person to be wondered at whom dreamers find always at the end of their dreams Theophile Gautier
    The most complete woman ever to have existed, the most womanly woman and the most queenly queen, a person to be wondered at whom dreamers find always at the end of their dreams Theophile Gautier, 1845Arrestingly beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Cleopatra VII of Egypt was barely than a teenager when she inherited the richest empire in the world one that The most complete woman ever to have existed, the most womanly woman and the most queenly queen, a person to be wondered at whom dreamers find always at the end of their dreams Theophile Gautier, 1845Arrestingly beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Cleopatra VII of Egypt was barely than a teenager when she inherited the richest empire in the world one that stretched from the scorching deserts of lower Egypt to the shining Mediterranean metropolis of Alexandria, with its famed libraries, storehouses, and treasuries Imperiled at every turn by court conspiracies and Roman treachery, the young queen was forced to flee Alexandria and live in exile while a foreign army overran her city and her own siblings plotted her downfall With nothing to lose, Cleopatra brazenly sought a partnership with the only man who could secure Egypt s safety Julius Caesar, a wily politician and battle hardened general with a weakness for women The result was a passionate love affair that scandalized Rome and thrust Cleopatra into the glittering but deadly world of imperial intrigue and warfare a world that she would mesmerize and manipulate even after Caesar was gone.At the height of her power and fame, Cleopatra fell in love with Caesar s prot g and successor, Marc Antony, a handsome general known as much for his drunken hedonism as for his victories in battle Brash, irresistible, and fatally unreliable, Antony s once strong hold on the Roman Empire was slipping fast, and with it slipped Cleopatra s fortunes When the tide had finally, irrevocably turned against her, the proud queen plotted a last, spectacular maneuver that was to save her children, her empire, and her place in the pantheon of gods Colin Falconer s bold, sensuous prose takes the reader inside the walls of Alexandria s great palaces and into Cleopatra s very heart, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman who thrived and triumphed in a world ruled by men This is the story of a legendary woman s most glorious time, a story that blazes through thousands of years of history to capture the imagination of readers today.From the Hardcover edition.

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    About Colin Falconer


    1. I was 18 years old, I d just left school and got a job in London, working in an insurance company I was working inside in an office My mother thought that was like being CEO of Shell Oil I was late one morning, I took a short cut through the church yard to the station to catch my train I d just finished reading The Sun Also Rises the night before and here I was looking at all these gravestones, I remember thinking Gee, we re not here very long Better make it count So I went home, told my mother I was quitting my job and going to Morocco She damned near fainted After travelling through Spain and Africa, Colin hitch hiked across Europe to Sweden to visit a girlfriend he d met the year before on a football tour When he finally got back home, he was still restless After failing to make the grade as a professional football player, he travelled around Asia his experiences in Bangkok and India later inspired his thriller VENOM, and his adventures in the jungles of the Golden Triangle of Burma and Laos were also filed away for later, the basis of his OPIUM series about the underworld drug trade.He emigrated to Australia where he helped a mate establish a new advertising agency We could only afford this derelict building for an office Once we were pitching to a client during a thunderstorm and the roof flooded A piece of the ceiling fell down and just missed his head Fortunately he had a sense of humour We got the account After a couple of years we were doing much better We could even afford to pay ourselves a wage But I really wanted to be a writer, not a copywriter When I told my mate I was leaving to try my luck in the Big Smoke, he offered me 40% of the business It was 40% of nothing at the time I saw him a couple of years ago, and he d just sold the agency for twenty million dollars I worked out what 40% of that was on a pocket calculator It s quite a lot of money, apparently Colin went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia s leading newspapers and magazines But he got his dream, publishing over a dozen novels in the UK and US and having his work sold into translation in Brazil, Belgium, the Czech republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.He lived for many years in the beautiful Margaret River region in WA, and helped raise two beautiful daughters with his late wife, Helen While writing, he also worked in the volunteer ambulance service I d be at my desk typing, then thirty minutes later I might be crawling into an overturned car or running along a beach with the oxygen for a near drowning It was an interesting time His marriage ended in tragic circumstances, a story he has told in The Naked Husband, and its non fiction sequel, The Year We Seized the Day, written with a writing partner, Elizabeth Best.He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz He was actually trying to cycle down the Death Road In the end he had to abandon the attempt and take the bus down He also completed a nine hundred kilometre walk of the camino in Spain.A few years ago he stopped writing I suddenly found I couldn t do it any It was after The Year We Seized the Day I was ridden with guilt and I remember standing on a beach in Thailand late one night, and I said to God Okay I ve had enough now A week later I was in a Thai hospital, only time in my whole life I ve ever been sick, I d got some sort of tropical infection and I was close to multiple organ failure I remember praying again that s twice in one year Hey I didn t know you were listening, Big Guy I didn t mean it I have two girls to look out for


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    1. When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra, Colin FalconerIn When We Were Gods, Colin Falconer's bold, sensuous prose brings to life the mysterious, glamorous Cleopatra as she really was: strong, ambitious, complicated, and a women well ahead of her time, wielding great power in a man's world. From her early ascent to the throne of Egypt to her passionate, politically tangled relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and her tireless battle to preserve her nation at all costs, we meet a fier [...]

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    2. This question has long plagued me about historical novels: why, pray tell, WHY are women always 'cursing their weak hearts' for craving love? In every book where the main character happens to be female (Cleo, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth, JEZEBEL for heaven's sake) this line inevitably appears in some form or another. Can't there be one woman who is utterly ruthless, supremely disciplined and seeks nothing more than gratification and the odd opened jar from men? The stereotype of the eternally l [...]

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    3. I have just found this at the newspaper stand for only 7.7 Ron (they had quite a few of Colin Falconer's books at the same price).********************************I am fascinated with Cleopatra. I like reading books/watching movies about her. I am aware the historical truth must be lost, yet she will always be remembered.I appreciate that Cleopatra is portrayed as having only two lovers during her lifetime. Yet she is not perfect. She is cunning and has to be in order to keep her throne. And I'm [...]

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    4. For a book entitled When We Were Gods, Falconer spends a ton of time creating disagreeable human characters. His Cleopatra is a simpering, ineffectual, fragile, weeping creature with Victorian values. Marc Antony is an oversexed lush and the great Caesar is not involved in the plot long enough to have the same impact that he assuredly had on history. Once Cleopatra stops whining "hold me", "he doesn't love me", we finally get a glimpse at her intelligence and courage. Antony continues to have ze [...]

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    5. Finished this monsterous historical romance while I was getting eight hour micro braids and must say I was completely content to read and lose myself in ancient Egypt again with my favorite woman ruler, CleopatraI am so intrigued by this beautiful ambitious woman that had not only men at her disposal but gods on earth reincarnated through Julius Caesar and Marc AntonyThis book takes us from Cleopatra's childhood to her untimely demise highlighting her quest for power and security for herself, he [...]

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    6. While the story itself is a great one, the writing is shaky and I found myself frequently bored with repetitive statements or thoughts from characters.

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    7. When We Were Gods / 0-609-80889-3Falconer shows his prowess yet again at bringing history to life, in a vivid landscape, dominated by a powerful (and yet deeply politically vulnerable woman) who is frighteningly compelling. Falconer seems to specialize in strong women who are fundamentally unreliable narrators and sometimes anti-heroes and yet we are drawn to their courage and we admire their drive and ambition, even when we do not agree with their motives. You see this in "Feathered Serpent", a [...]

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    8. (review March 2016) I remembered about this book as I've come across a book of the author that interests me since it takes place in Romania during WW2 ; I read When We Were Gods a while ago - cannot say when for sure but it was in a period i was fascinated with Cleopatra's story and reading a few of the many novels dedicated to her (there is one I really enjoyed by Margaret George, there is another by Gillian Bradshaw which is an what if her son with Caesar survived, and many others) and I still [...]

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    9. I did not finish this book. Not because it was poorly written or because it lacked comprehension or realism; to put it bluntly, I got bored. Margaret George's Cleopatra novel was so vivid in my memory's comparison, while this book just seemed to be going on interminably. That may be due to my familiarity (somewhat) with the Cleopatra story, or perhaps it's due to some other factor. I just found myself, instead of being absorbed into the text, anxious to move on to other books and didn't seem to [...]

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    10. When We Were Gods / 0-609-80889-3Falconer shows his prowess yet again at bringing history to life, in a vivid landscape, dominated by a powerful (and yet deeply politically vulnerable woman) who is frighteningly compelling. Falconer seems to specialize in strong women who are fundamentally unreliable narrators and sometimes anti-heroes and yet we are drawn to their courage and we admire their drive and ambition, even when we do not agree with their motives. You see this in "Feathered Serpent", a [...]

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    11. A curious, thought-provoking treatment of some of history's most famous characters. Cleopatra begins as a teenage girl contending with ruthless Ptolemy family intrigues, soon escaping to save her life sequestered in the desert. She alternately appears confident and magnetic, then insecure and immature. It seems doubtful even that young she would ever be as vulnerable and self-doubting as Falconer portrays her. Watching her character arc develop is quite fascinating, and despite some setbacks in [...]

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    12. There were some editing problems, but this was a wonderful read. The contrasts between Julius Caesar and Marc Antony were brilliantly drawn. Of the great love stories throughout history, I have wondered why Antony, rather than Julius, is coupled with Cleopatra. Maybe Shakespeare deemed it so. Cleopatra proves that it is difficult to be a god, a ruler, a mother and a woman. She never realized the depth of Caesar's devotion. She understood Antony's devotion too late. He had to look upon her face o [...]

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    13. I would give this 3 1/2 stars. This is not (as many have asked me) the new non-fiction book on Cleopatra. It's also not (as I had expected) a trashy romance novel about Cleopatra. Much to my delight, it's historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory and I actually got to learn some presumably real things about Cleopatra and her life. To be honest, I really only vaguely new the story of Cleopatra from grade-school stories, and it was interesting to read an account of her as a strong, savvy and strate [...]

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    14. Okay, so you've got Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Marc Antony. Rich material, right? Should be an awesome story, right? Wrong. Way wrong. At least in this book, it's wrong.None of the characters ever felt remotely real. It felt like the author had a Barbie doll in one hand and a Ken doll in the other hand, and he just moved them around and told a somewhat disjointed story. Also, there were 127 chapters in a book that is 462 pages long. And within those short little chapters, there was generally [...]

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    15. This was an OK book. It was interesting in that it covered Cleopatra's early life, as much as it could. What her life in the royal house was like with a mousy brother who was supposed to rule. We also got a quick tour of what it was like being with Celius Juser. Um. Sulius Jeezer. Oh, heck. Whatever his name is!The best part is that we got an idea of what kind of queen she might have been, and why Egypt was so rich. And I do mean RICH. She knew something of national management, if anything in th [...]

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    16. If you want some historical Alexandrian romance and you like Cleopatra and Antony, then this is the story for you. I did like this book, I borrowed it from the library and read it fairly quickly. It was kind of an insight into day to day life in the tumultuous affairs of Cleopatra, and the actual "affairs" with Antony and Julius Caesar. Gave me a good backdrop on the era and this history of the times and the place, from Rome to Alexandria. Good book.

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    17. While I enjoy historical reimaginings this book insults the history scholar.

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    18. Just ok and really hard to read. Finally decided to set this aside and move on to better books. So many books little time!

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    19. Just average.The story should have been extremely compelling given the characters involved, but the writing style sorta ruined it.

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    20. well I consider myself a bit of an Egyptian buff and have read quite a few novels featuring Caesar, Cleopatra et al. This was a fairly average novel, in terms of pace and action, but I was impressed with the depiction of both Cleopatra and Antony. Cleopatra's wisdom over the years showed insight and Antony's debauchery was nothing short of shocking. Will look out for other novels by Falconer.

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    21. Such opulence and grandeur.

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    22. This was a fascinating story that I thought I already knew. Falconer really brings Cleopatra's story to life. She was such a strong woman.

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    23. So this a book that can be divided into two unequal parts. The first part is Julius Caesar. The second is Marcus Antonius and you can basically tell which the superior part from that alone. The first third of this novel is great. Cleopatra is cunning and ruthless when she needs to be. Caesar as a character is well written, depicted as a tactical genius, noble and somewhat unknowable. Though, of course, not without his own flaws. Cleopatra, young at the time, clearly idolises the much older Roman [...]

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    24. Throughout the centuries, the legend of Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt, has fascinated and intrigued. But it has also been clouded by speculation, embellishment, and stormy controversy. Thousands of years after her death, she remains an iconic figure, an enigma; her fascinating life the fodder for numerous novels and movies. Of all the books I 19ve read about this notorious heroine, Colin Falconer 19s version is perhaps the most plausible and realistic version. He has struck a suitable balance be [...]

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    25. This was a great choice of book to read while travelling through Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey - so many places mentioned in the course of Cleopatra's life that I found myself in, sometimes at just the right spot in the book - for instance ancient Antioch where we were the other day - where Marc Antony sent for Cleopatra. I had no idea exactly how much she travelled in the region. A completely fascinating woman who very nearly managed to combine the Roman Empire with her own as co-regent, firs [...]

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    26. When We Were Gods tells the story of the queen of the Nile and her life. Chosen to rule by her father, Cleopatra watches and learns. When she ascends to the throne, she heeds her father's advice about the nest of vipers she rules. She navigates the pitfalls of family and Rome to secure her rule. Cleopatra dreams of creating an even bigger empire and forms a political and romantic alliance with Julius Caesar. Convinced he is her Orisis, she urges him to declare himself king of Rome and marry her. [...]

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    27. An enjoyable jaunt into history and a time I've studied only on the surface through the bare bones Ancient History chapters in public schools. My usual favorite time periods for historical fiction being medieval England and Europe. I grateful for this passionate portrayal of one amazing woman, so far ahead of her time at odds with men who should have admired and loved her but instead feared and envied. How very Roman her enemies were hating to see a woman of both beauty and genius. If only she h [...]

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    28. Usually, I love books about Cleopatra's life, but this one didn't excite me as much. The beginning was done really well as it showed her as an awkward teenager trying to decide how she wanted to rule and all of the hardships she had to face in order to obtain and hold the throne of Egypt. I also liked her romance with Julius Caesar and found it to be very realistic. They both used each other but also loved each other very much in their own way. However, after Caesar is assassinated(no spoilers t [...]

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    29. How did you research this book? I read every book I could find on her, of course, and there's a frightening amount. Some of it's even readable. I'm a member of the British Library in Bloomsbury and I researched there. Then I went to Egypt; Alexandria, Cleopatra's capital, was frankly a disappointment. There's hardly anything left from that time. The Romans destroyed most of it; an earthquake five hundred years later did the rest. The research was the challenge of separating myth and ancient Roma [...]

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    30. Colin Falconer is a good writer. I believe this is one of his first novels and it shows. The copy the I read from had multiple silly grammar and spelling mistakes. After a little research, I discovered that he had republished it a few years after the original release date. I do hope that the republication has redeemed this edition.There's not much you can complain about the plot. It's history after all. The writing makes it a little tough to get through. For all the hype that the romance between [...]

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