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Of John Williams 3 masterpieces, this is the best.,
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This review is from: Augustus: A Novel (Paperback)
That's right. Three of them. Stoner, Butchers Crossing and Augustus. I know, I wondered myself, how can you write a gripping book about a Roman emperor dead these last two thousand years? Especially as the whole thing, bar the third part, is composed entirely of letters, diary entries and the like. Suffice to say, Williams did it. I cried at the end and I still don't understand why. Reading it is like getting to know someone intimately from chance glances reflected in passing windows. The book is sublime. Part Three, where Augustus finally addresses the reader is, to me, the best text in English I have ever had the good fortune to read. Masterful, honest, illuminating. Read this book, I beseech you. You will not regret it.