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Hannibal: Pride Of Carthage by [Durham, David Anthony]
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"'An extraordinary achievement: Durham puts flesh on the bones of Carthage in a way that no novelist has done since Flaubert wrote Salammbô'" (TOM HOLLAND, author of Rubicon)

"'Wonderful...an historical novel that's not only deeply evocative of time and place, character and situation, but is also lyrically written, compellingly composed...a masterpiece'" (JEFFREY LENT, author of Lost Nation)

"'Heady, richly textured...Durham weaves abundant psyhcological, military and political detail in this vivid account of one of the most romanticized periods of history'" (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review))

"'Magnificent...an old-fashioned historical yarn, it could hardly be bettered'" (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

"'Durham vividly captures the frenzy of ancient warfare...Pride of Carthage is a skillfully structured and often gripping novel'" (NEW YORK TIMES)

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Epic, panoramic historical novel about Hannibal and the brutal, bloody Second Punic War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1748 KB
  • Print Length: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GFIVO8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The sort of book I can't wait to get back from work to read more. It brings the ancient world alive. Whilst some of the facts may be distorted, and maybe there is a slight hidden agenda in how the story is told, what it does mean is you are left wanting more from the author and more about the actual period. As a historian by degree, this book then achieves what all historians appreciate, bringing I hope a life long passion of history to a wide an audience as possible.

An absolute pleasure to have read and I look forward to reading more books from the same author.
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Good book. Good author
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This book is a fantastic read for anyone; whether with prior knowledge of the second punic war or not. The characters are brilliantly portrayed with an engaging plot line sensitive to the original works of the ancient authors themselves. The battle scenes are described in much detail. Due to the descriptions of the battles and the odd sex scene, be wary of what age person you buy this book for.

Although some events may have been slightly changed and peoples personal motives are given when no historian can ever truly know the intentions of someone living 2,000+ years ago. This is where the fiction part comes in. To get the reader to know the people involved in events the author has to make decisions as to which motive serves the book best and I felt Mr. Durham did that exceptionally well. What impressed me most, however, was the sense that the author was on one side or the other. The objectivity of the book is a breath of fresh air in historical fiction, with neither side being portrayed as a "baddy" or "goody".

I am not a huge fan of interference of fictional charcters into main plot lines so was glad when the fictional charcters of Imco and Aradna did not alter events by their own actions. i found the story between the two of them very moving and felt it was a worthwhile addition to the book.

I cannot praise the fluency of the author enough. Although a mammoth length, at no point does it get over bearing. Concidering even Livy (one of the main sources) was pretty much writing historcal fiction when he wrote his works on the war, i felt as though Mr. Durham handled his sources very delicately and did them great justice in a great novel.
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This is a really brilliant historical novel set during the epic showdown between Rome and Carthage, that decided which civilisation would dominate the Western Mediterranean (and likely all of Europe) during the third and second centuries BC - and probably for ever afterwards.

Would it be the culturally Middle Eastern empire of the Carthaginians or would it be the Westerners of the Roman Republic?

The book is set during the decisive Second Punic War and weaves in a wonderful and unusual story of intermittent but deep romance between a likeable young Punic soldier and a lissom Greek camp follower.

The story is related from the Carthaginian angle but does not take sides.

I found this book totally impossible to put down.

It is very moving in its 'world war' sense of the human suffering and in the impact that the unrelenting strife between the two hyperpowers ultimately brings to bear on the parallel story of love.

Another reviewer suggests that Hannibal is described by the author as black African. I do not recall such a description. The word 'African' is used because the Carthaginians were North African. They were a Semitic people and would have resembled Arab or Jewish people in appearance.

All is set in a historically accurate backdrop of Hannibal's all out war on Rome and the Romans' coolly unrelenting war on Hannibal. And on Carthage.

A superb, thrilling novel.
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This is a very realistic and excellent dramatisation of the rise and fall of Hannibal, Carthage and the Barca family. At times it is a struggle to be sympathetic to the Carthaginian cause and this family in particular. in many ways it seems a personal crusade for revenge driven by one powerful family somewhat against the wishes of the ruling council in the home city. As such they appear a ruthless, opportunistic people almost piratical in their philosophy brought to ruin by their arrogance. Having said that the arrogance is based on Hannibals daring and skill as a leader in battle which has to be admired. In the end you are compelled to read the book to find out how he lost it all in the end despite his skill and initial superiority. You can't help but think about what would have happened if he had built on their success in Spain and not gambled it all on a risky venture into Italy.
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I loved this book. Told from the point of view of many characters, it covers Hannibal's campaign from Spain to his defeat at Zama. The story switches between the various protagonists from Hannibal himself, a rank and file soldier, to a lowly camp follower among others. The battle of Cannae is brilliantly depicted from the point of view of a soldier in the ranks of one of the wings of the Carthaginian army. That was one of the most memorable descriptions in the book for me.
I borrowed this book from a friend, and I think I will just go ahead and buy it for myself to read again at a future date.
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