This book, and the sequel, are delightful little gems. Yes, as with others, I would love to know the real "T.C. Van Adler", an interesting person I should think. I cannot speak for the Latin, but the English usage is complex and new words abound. The plot is superficial, the novel not deep, but the writing style is enchanting.
One chapter - and all are short - is a wonderful description of the decaying building. Closing my eyes, I could picture this edifice along one of the small Roman streets.
This is a book to keep and re-read for sheer pleasure from time to time. It is fun. It would have five stars had the plot been a bit more convincing, but then again, perhaps the plot is close to truth, and I simply do now how close it may be!