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Spartan Hardcover – 5 Jul 2002
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Remarkable . . . one of life’s unalloyed pleasures: praise for Valerio Massimo Manfredi (New York Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An epic story of passion, courage and adventure in ancient Sparta, by the author of the Alexander trilogy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Altough I suspect that the Italian original must be better than the English translation, as is usually the case, I found no fault in either the language or the story. It is like a breath of fresh air.
I found the way that the story is told so close to how real life is, that the unavoidable historical dicrepancies fade into insignificance. And after all who is there to know exactly how close this story is to the reality of the Ancient world? The pictures it paints are clearly believable and the life messages conveyed are valuable lessons about honesty, loyality, true love and fairness. Thus I highly recommend it to young people.
Its interesting story and the narrative flow keep your interest keen at all times and makes learning about life and customs in Ancient Greece a pleasure!
I look forward to reading the Alexander trilogy and any other book by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
I felt the narrative was missing something from the first few pages, I read the dust jacket and realised that the book is a translation, I think this is where it falls down. The detail is too sketchy, Marathon a three page wonder, Salamis is just mentioned, Thermopylae gets fouteen pages, the Persian adventure slightly more.
This book portrays the Spartans as gungh, screaming spear shakers, cries of ALALA! and impulsive charges are just not SPARTAN in my eyes. The dense Spartan phalanx would just fall apart under a charge, the ranks fanning out and the order breaking down.
All in all something lacking.
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