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Topic: Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: some longer sentences, please!

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Subject: Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: some longer sentences, please!
Date Posted: 4/24/2012 10:20 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2009
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I have to read Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra for a book club discussion. Schiff's writing style is driving me crazy: her sentences are so short. Stop-and-go, stop-and-go. . .let's get a move on!

A few years ago, I read Schiff's Vera (about Nabokov's wife), and I don't remember feeling this pain.

Is it just that I really don't care about Cleopatra that much?


Date Posted: 4/24/2012 9:05 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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I read Cleopatra recently and I didn't remember the short sentences being a problem. But since there's no real new sources and she lived ~2,000 years ago, it reads more like a history book than a biography in my opinion.