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5.0 out of 5 stars A review written in 1844, 22 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire: Vols 1-3: 3 Volume Set (Everyman's Library Classics) (Hardcover)
Found in a letter dated 13th February 1844 from my gt-gt-gt-uncle George Mackenzie in India to his sister Alice in Scotland: "Have you ever read Gibbon's Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire? I am very fond of it for many reasons. It is a grand book and to read it always makes me feel as if my life extended thousands instead of tens of years and as if I could trace out the revolutions of Empires. It is beautifully written and the English of it is to my taste particularly elegant, and except where Gibbon's judgement was obscured by his prejudice, it is true as history can be. His reasonings from the great events which he relates are generally speaking very true and I have heard that there is hardly a better guide for a politician than that history. What an immensely long duration the time of it is - from the year 90 after Christ till the year 1490 or thereabouts in fact almost down to our own times. It is a great ornament to my bookcase and I often read it & prefer it to any novel whatsoever." So the 5 stars are on behalf of Uncle George who sadly died later in 1844 aged 25.
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2010 18:17:18 GMT
Jan Jan says:
What a wonderful story. Thank you so much.

Posted on 21 Jan 2012 12:27:35 GMT
Colin C says:
Terrific (and very unusual) review - thanks!

Posted on 7 Aug 2012 10:51:53 BDT
HG82 says:
Best review ever.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012 21:50:11 BDT
comely says:
I was reticent upon purchasing this book, now however, I am convinced.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 20:58:57 BDT
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Posted on 20 Sep 2012 13:28:58 BDT
I already own a copy and came upon this review whilst browsing around. What a tremendous 'review' by your Uncle, I think it is the most poignant and enjoyable that i've yet to come across. Thank you very much for sharing this unique piece of history.

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 22:38:54 BDT
E. Heffernan says:
Well done! Made me smile!

Posted on 2 Jun 2014 12:40:24 BDT
widbear says:
What a beautiful and unique review....kudos to your ancestor George, and peace to his shades, as a Roman would have said.

Posted on 2 Jun 2014 13:15:51 BDT
widbear says:
What a beautiful and unique review....kudos to your ancestor George, and peace to his shades, as a Roman would have said.
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