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This review is from: Imperium (Paperback)I absolutely loved this book!
Having never read a Robert Harris novel before, I was unsure of what to expect but was totally surprised by this book.
I usually prefer to read Roman history that focuses on the legions and their exploits so a book focusing on the political wheelings and dealings of the Senatorial elite was both refreshing and engrossing.
Cicero is a thoroughly likeable character, ambitious, idealistic, moralistic, paternal and yet flawed as all humans are. My sense of respect for this character deepened as the novel progressed and I saw how the highs and lows of his political adventures personally affected Cicero and brought out the best and worst of human emotions present in everyone today. This was quite cleverly done and allows the reader to associate more closely with the main protagonist therefore increasing the sense of ownership and loss as the events unfold.
The insight into Senatorial life and the complex voting systems, positions and political relationships was both educational and fascinating. This book has certainly fuelled a personal desire to learn more about the Senate and The Roman Republic during this age.
Don't be put off by the above statement, this book certainly does not read like a dry, age old textbook. It is modern, graphic and contemporary; the descriptions of the Senatorial and `Court-Room' battles are superbly exciting and demonstrate Cicero's mettle!
I shall certainly be buying more Robert Harris books and would recommend anyone with the slightest interest in Roman life to do the same.
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2009 15:44:30 GMT
Mr. A. I. Harrison says:
I may bump this up the list then! I think you would enjoy Pompei and I think Harris' latest book is another Roman political thriller too.
I read Fatherland by him 10 years ago, great book definate 5 star rating. Set in a world where the Nazi's won the war.
Taking on the Fantasy classic 'A game of thrones' at the mo My God it's Dark! but also wonderful.
Catch up with you soon.
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