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Last Days of Pompeii [Kindle Edition]

Baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 594 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082T3L3E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still A Good Read 21 Mar. 2015
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First published in 1834 this book like seemingly all of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s works has become relatively neglected, although if you do decide to read this you will soon realise that it is a good book, and is still quite thrilling. As the title suggests this is set in the period leading up to the destruction of Pompeii.

We meet here a range of characters, from slaves and gladiators, through to the rich and free, as well as religious leaders, and as we see Christianity is just starting to show its head in the city. For the people of Pompeii though they are somewhat on a cusp as gluttony and hedonism start to give way to a more ordered society. The main plot of this book is love, with revenge and jealousy playing a large part. As for poor Nydia the blind slave she finds herself in love but never to be loved for more than a friend. Glaucus is an Athenian much admired due to his money and looks, but he has his heart set on Ione. Unbeknownst to Glaucus though he has a rival, the nasty and manipulative Egyptian, Arbaces, who is the guardian of Ione and her brother, Apaecides.

We follow what happens as Arbaces tries his best to prevent any union between Glaucus and Ione. Whilst we read of this though we are taken in some ways on a visit to Pompeii itself and meet those who live there. We also see how the Christians are starting to be noticed and how the Cult of Isis uses underhand tactics to impress its followers. Although things have changed over the proceeding centuries we do get a feel for a Roman city, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and the problems that some of its citizens face, as well as how people are tricked and conned due to superstition and belief systems, in fact, just like a modern city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All You Need Is Lava 12 Nov. 2014
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Young man-about-Pompeii Glaucus falls in love with beautiful and wealthy Ione. But Ione’s guardian Arbaces, the wealthy and powerful priest of Isis, wants her for himself. It looks like Arbaces is going to get his wicked way – but the volcano’s rumbling in the background…

The novel goes along at a stately pace, but encompasses a wide spectrum of first-century Roman life: the baths, the dinner parties, the gladiatorial shows, the occult (and the belief in love-potions), slavery, the rise of Christianity… Meanwhile, its nineteenth-century (publ. 1834) origins are heavily evident. Nationality is character: Greeks are young, beautiful and obsessed with liberty, Thessalians mysterious, Romans practical and Egyptians sinister. Everyone’s obsessed with the ethics of sexual purity. Songs and poems are included, sometimes at length. And every so often the narrator says things like, ‘the house, which you can still see today’ bringing in a jolting reminder of Pompeii's incipient role as a major tourist location - which I guess, this book helped to bring about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Personal Review 12 Dec. 2012
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This is a really good read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a long book and it takes a little time to get to know the characters but when you do then the book is a really interesting read. I loved the characters and the story line is very good indeed. I read it every night for a couple of weeks and looked forward to that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars kindle pompeii 8 Nov. 2011
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Visited pompeii after reading parts of this book and found it helpfull in understanding the houses there. Hard to read at times but good value since its free on kindle.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lengthy, rather dated story 14 April 2011
By Mole
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The author visited Pompeii at some point, and having seen the remains of some of the inhabitants, was moved to write a story to put some "flesh on the bones" of their lives. The details are based upon what was understood of Roman life when the book was during the midlle of the 19th century; some of these are now seen as being incorrect in the light of new discoveries although there is still a lot of valid information.

The language that he uses for the speech of the characters is based a bit more more on 16th / 17th century English. Some of the phrases are completely incorrect as they would have no meaning until many centuries later. He also seems to apply a higher level of influence to the newly emerging Christian faith than it perhaps deserves.

The book also contains a lot of poetry / songs that seem to be heavily influenced by the romantic movement of the late 18th century. Due to the formatting of the text, these are a bit harder to read; they look just like the rest of the test instead of being parsed as poetry.

Having said that, despite the heavy going it is quite a good read. I would not suggest that it should be relied upon as definitive information, but it does provide an interesting read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars LAST DAYS OF POMPEII 27 Oct. 2013
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The destruction of Pompeii is an event which has captured the imagination of many, including Bulwer-Lytton in the first half of the 19th century. His book is an ambitious attempt to construct a story round many of the famous buildings and artefacts. If you can cope with his archaic vocabulary and somewhat stilted dialogue, it's an interesting historical curiosity. If you find this off-putting, stick to the 1984 TV mini-series which can be found on DVD - but, in this case, beware of the Region 1 trap (the UK is Region 2) and decide (if you can) about the relative merits of various versions with or without cuts/extras.

There are differences between book and TV version which reflect the tastes of the time, but this may not interest the general reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by AndyB
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
very dated
Published 10 months ago by Vulcanalia
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic book
Written when Pompeii was being discovered, it creates a fictional story which has merit and was a great taster before visiting the city, it brings the idea of a cosmopolitan city... Read more
Published 14 months ago by chris wayman
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic book
Written in the 1830s it is a historical fiction which was very popular at the time, after Pompeii was being discovered. Read more
Published 16 months ago by San Marco Press Limited
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I was expecting
I was looking forwards to some adventure and facts about Pompeii.. I stopped reading when I felt it was more about the unruly life of a few men
Published 16 months ago by Anny
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
Fantastic book, the last days of pompeii is an exciting and its very hard to put down. I recommend this book.
Published 16 months ago by michael staines
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible lasts days of Pompeii
Not for kids like me I think it needs more drama to it in stead of it been loose by
Published 19 months ago by Georgina Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars Last days of Pompei
To be honest, I haven't read it yet - it's tagged for my Christmas book list but probaly won't go with me on the coach.
Published 20 months ago by Mrs Patricia Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Good story well researched
People interested in history or going to the British Musium would find the content instructive and accessable
Published 21 months ago by ann haigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel and history
This was an interesting tale of life in Pompeii mixed with Egyptian magic and witches and a love story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by melanie strong
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