Cleopatra’s Sister

By Penelope Lively
Read by Nadia May

8.02 Hours 10/01/1993 unabridged
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Paleontologist Howard Beamish is flying to Nairobi on a professional mission when his plane is forced to land in the imaginary country of Callimbia. Journalist Lucy Faulkner, on assignment to write a travel piece for a Sunday magazine, is on the same flight. What happens to Howard and Lucy in Callimbia is one of those accidents that determine fate, that bring love and take away joy, and that reveal the precariousness of our existence. With intelligence, grace, and gentle irony, Penelope Lively illuminates the age-old dance of myth and reality in a novel sparkling with wit, humor, and keen insight into the storytelling faculty of the human mind.

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Summary

Summary

Paleontologist Howard Beamish is flying to Nairobi on a professional mission when his plane is forced to land in the imaginary country of Callimbia. Journalist Lucy Faulkner, on assignment to write a travel piece for a Sunday magazine, is on the same flight. What happens to Howard and Lucy in Callimbia is one of those accidents that determine fate, that bring love and take away joy, and that reveal the precariousness of our existence.

With intelligence, grace, and gentle irony, Penelope Lively illuminates the age-old dance of myth and reality in a novel sparkling with wit, humor, and keen insight into the storytelling faculty of the human mind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Written with grace and clarity, and luminous with insights about the human condition, [this novel] is as timely as the evening news and as eternal as the most classic love story…Against all the conventions of contemporary fiction, Lucy and Howard’s mature romance is fresh and convincing.” Publishers Weekly
“Lively handles her story with skill, grace, and invigorating charm; with an economy of words, the terror of the hostages is made palpable. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Amusing in the urbane British way, satiric without ever testing the limits of credibility, larkish but not fluffy—in short, more of the Lively right stuff.” Kirkus Reviews
“Lively’s prose is intelligent, readable, and practiced, and May’s narration contributes an easy grace.” Kliatt
“Delightful…[Nadia May’s] warm, witty portrayals of the Callimbians are especially good. The combination of excellent text and wonderful reader makes for an entertaining presentation.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively was born in 1933 in Cairo and spent her childhood there, going to England in the last year of the Second World War. She holds a degree in modern history from Oxford University and is the author of nine novels, three volumes of short stories, and many books for children. Her novel Moon Tiger won the prestigious Booker Prize in England. She lives in North Oxfordshire and London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English