The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome) Paperback – 7 Aug 2003
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I would recommend it to all of you who,like me,love reading about ancient Rome,its life,turmoils,ups and downs and great Romans who created world history.But also, i think "Grass crown" is deffinitely must read for everybody who appriciate GOOD book!
McCullough is excellent at sticking to the sources and yet bringing the characters and events to real life. No-one is a single-dimensional hero or villain, and the moral complexities of the age are delineated marvellously.
This is a little-known period of history, and McCullough is excellent at conveying the unease and political turbulence that was to eventually brind down the Republic.
I read every book in the series, and was captured in the world Dr. McCullough had woven. When I was done, I was so sad that the adventure was over.
I would love to read any historical novel written by Dr. McCullough, and I recommend this series to anyone who likes classic civilizations, and historical novels.
However, the few faults of the first book are exacerbated here and really make for a turgid and painful read.
Firstly, whilst the use of many perspectives was a strength in the first book, here it just takes away from the central narrative to the point where I'm not even sure what the central narrative was. I chose to read this book mainly because I was interested in Sulla and Marius, two men who do not feature greatly in literature. I do not want to read about in such length about people like Drusus, Caepios and Aurelias.
Whilst this somewhat benefited the main story in the first book, here it is just excruciatingly frustrating. The narrative meanders for sometimes 20 pages at a time about inanities when it could be furthering the story. It detracts from the main characters and I found it made the whole book a convoluted and unnecessarily long affair.
Secondly, similiar to the above point, I also found the letters sent by Rutilius Rufus extremely long and boring. As a plot device to tell us what is happening in Rome when the characters are away it is a sound idea, but his prose is incredibly frustrating, I share Marius' consternation in reading his letters. This, to the authors credit is probably what she intended to do, as Rutilius considered himself a man of purple letters, but it is still very boring to read when you want the story to advance, and it constantly bogs down in pointless passages.
Thirdly, whereas I was astounded by her literary skill in the first book, I felt that in this book, she falls prey to all the tired cliches used by numerous sub-standard 'authors' of Roman fiction.Read more ›
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Colleen McCullough brings ancient Rome to life in ways no other author of historical fiction comes close. Read morePublished 1 month ago by chidi
A thoroughly interesting read- well written, complex and packed full of wide-ranging historical information. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent purchase, excellent book, very well pleased with this book and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in Roman historyPublished 5 months ago by John J. Rafferty
The First Man in Rome was a great read, this is probably even better. The story shifts now from Marius to Sulla - Marius still looms large but the stage is moving on. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SydneyReader