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Worthy Historical Fiction,
This review is from: The Ides of March (Paperback)
This novel is not really a novel - although it is fiction - it uses invented letters and edicts to tell a Roman tale, and a well known one. The central character around whom all the correspondence is centered is Caesar and the period leading up to his assassination. There is however not much of the cruel and vicious world of Roman politics, these are personal letters between himself and other famous C's, Cleopatra, Clodia, Catallus and Cicero amongst others as well as instructions to priests and his secret police.
It's a great piece of imagination - I particularly like the letters to the priests and the wordy tomes of Caesar pondering on life and death - they are extremely well written and thoughtful. Be prepared though this is not a modern book it was written in the last century about a long ago time so the language is somewhat archaic - and that doesn't make for an easy read. Its somewhat of a scholarly tome, so might not appear to all reader types, so I would not recommend this for those individuals looking for action - there are no gory battle scenes, no great set pieces, no floating down the Nile on a barge - but it is a well researched and lovingly produced book and those two facts come though. All in all it's a niche book, well written, detailed, worthy and scholarly but not perhaps everyones cup of tea.