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Cleopatra's Sister is the tenth novel by Booker Prize winning author Penelope LivelyDetached and unwordly paleontologist Howard Beamish is on a journey that is to change his life Travelling to Nairobi his plane is forced to land in Marsopolis the capital of Callimbia where Cleopatra's sister entertained Antony Also on the flight is Lucy Faulkner a journalist with a sketchy knowledge of Callimbia's political turbulence As chance throws them together Howard and Lucy become embroiled in a revolution that is both political and personal'Every sentence is a pleasure to read' Sunday Express'A fluent funny. I’m not sure where I heard about Penelope Lively It could have been Pickle Me This and I know I got the recommendation for Maureen Corrigan’s Leave Me Alone I’m Reading which I have nearly finished and will review soon there so it’s likely Anyway I ordered Cleopatra’s Sister Novel A and Conseuences from the library I finished Cleopatra’s Sister in a day and a half It would have been sooner but apparently you have to feed children and mop floors and stuff like that instead of just reading 247 PityCleopatra’s Sister is the story of a palaeontologist called Howard Beamish It is also the story of a journalist called Lucy Faulkner It is also the story of a little known place called Callimbia which is at the time of the book gripped with civil unrest These three stories – each one a perfectly formed tale in itself roll into each other when both Lucy and Howard and a planeful of other passengers are told engine trouble is forcing their flight to Namibia to make a stop over in Callimbia By the end of the story Howard and Lucy’s stories have become entwined On the surface this book seems to be a very generalised romance adventure type Boy and girl are thrown together in turmoil love blossoms trouble heightens all live happily ever after But Cleopatra’s Sister includes so much Lively’s dialogue is perfectly formed and is seamlessly fitted into the story Esoteric mysteries religion philosophy science human nature history and the day to day dramas of employment and real estate – everything worth writing about it slipped into this novel And you wont even notice that Lively is taking you on a rollercoaster ride through time from 520 million years ago to now and space from the restrictive working class London of Lucy’s youth to the global travel both characters embark on in adulthood because her style is so marvelously readable I loved every moment of this book and even when the action isn’t moving at a rapid pace and at places it’s hard to keep up the book rolls on smoothly I’m incredibly glad that Lively is such a prolific writer – I’m definitely going back for

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Cleopatra's SisterY; Next to Nature Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra's Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains a collection of short stories; Oleander Jacaranda a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Conseuences; Family Album which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award and How It All Began She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours List and DBE in 2012 Penelope Lively lives in Londo. This book is the story of how Howard a paleontologist and Lucy a left leaning journalist meet and fall in love when their flight to Nairobi needs to land in the fictional country of Callimbia and the British passengers are taken hostage Penelope Lively always has an interesting construct to her stories and this one is no exception Howard studies tiny creatures who are evolutionary 'dead ends' they didn't manage to survive thrive adapt or mutate They fascinate him due to the myriad possibilities of alternate outcomes other ways that the world could have evolved but didn't Cleopatra's sister is another alternate outcome; if she had managed to keep Marc Antony for herself ancient history would have changedSo the story told here must be considered within this lens What if Lucy and Howard hadn't been on the same flight What if they hadn't been British What if one or both of them doesn't make it out again Does their story become a dead end as well an unfulfilled alternate future The story of their time as hostages is fascinating in part because the reader has no greater information than the passengers themselves However it takes the author over 100 pages to get to this part of the story and those 100 pages read like backstory because that's what it is To dedicate 13 of the book to backstory before anything of interest happens is a bit much It also comes off as somewhat racist that this is a middle easternAfrican country with a despot although he is half English it turns out Some things in this book don't age well

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DOWNLOAD Cleopatra's Sister 100 â Cleopatra's Sister is the tenth novel by Booker Prize winning author Penelope LivelyDetached and unwordly paleontologist Howard Beamish is on a journey that is to change his life Travelling to Nairobi his plane is forced to land in Marsopolis the capital of Callimbia where Cleopatra's sister entertained Antony Also on the fliUltimately moving romance in which lovers share centre stage with Lively's persuasive meditations on history and fatea book of great charm with a real intellectual resonance at its core' The New York Times Book ReviewPenelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in 1977 for her first novel The Road to Lichfield and again in 1984 for According to Mark She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger Her other books include Going Back; Judgement Da. A rare confident narrative incisive with profound insight laced in every sentence and drawn with the most intellectually indulgent humor it's one of the only few books whence you are hooked from the very first sentence till the last And one of the fewer books again which I just didn't want an end to you want the story to go on and on as if the story has become a part of your life Sigh