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on 18 January 2016
It started out slow, but got interesting about halfway through the book, when Claudia meets a slave English boy who has been separated from his sister and later sold as a gladiator. Claudia gets quite attached to the boy, not able to go the gladiator shows for fear of seeing him get hurt. She also has what seems to be an unreasonable fear of the mountain Vesuvius.
Only Vesuvius is actually a volcano, one that is getting ready to erupt after many years of sleep. Several earthquakes that shook Pompeii were signs of this occurrence happening, but back then, no one knew of the relation between earthquakes and volcano eruptions. The inevitable destruction that takes place is quite sad, and the human story involved allowed us a more profound look into this event in history.
I enjoyed it very much despite the slow start.