Cormac Farrell

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Imperium by Robert Harris
Imperium by Robert Harris
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth by fiction, 23 Nov 2007
At the end of this book, Robert Harris states that the majority of the incidents in the book definitely did happen, most of the remainder of the incidents could have happened, and nothing in the book demonstrably did not happen. The thing I most admire about Robert Harris is that he manages to paint this "non fiction" so very convincingly on the amazing canvas which is Rome at the height of its powers.

The book chronicles the career of the famous Roman Senator/Lawyer Cicero, and his mammoth personal struggle to reach the pinnacle of Roman political power, i.e. to attain "Imperium". Hence the title of the book.

It is narrated by his personal secretary (and slave) Tiro,… Read more
Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress (Pax Britan&hellip by Jan Morris
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History comes alive., 27 Aug 2007
The great thing about Jan Morris is that she brings so many different qualities to her books. Nostalgia, humour, insight, and wonderful storytelling, all of which are present in abundance in this marvelous account of the Genesis of that most remarkable of Empires. It was an Empire that was cruel, repressive, civilising, gracious and compassionate depending on which subject of the Crown was dispensing the rules to the natives. Being a native of one of the former colonies (Ireland) I am all too familiar with the negative aspects of the Empire. Our famine is at once an epic tragedy and also an indictment of the British Empires lack of compassion. On the other hand when you read this book you… Read more
The Sea by John Banville
The Sea by John Banville
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Lets get one thing straight, this is typical of John Banville, he sacrifices the story at the altar of style, prose and charachterisation. But it is really only the charachter of Max Morden that is explored in any great depth. He is a typical Banvillian (if the author can make up words, so can I!)character. He is self obsessed, and seems at first glance to be devoid of any feelings. He watches the world in a detached way, describing the porogress of his wifes terminal illness in an almost casual manner. However as the book progresses Banville slowly unearths the deep sadness and depression that has wracked Morden over the years. In the end, we are finally allowed see why he has travelled… Read more