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Pompeii: A Novel

4 Ratings: 3.3
A book by Robert Harris

In this fine historical by British novelist Harris (Archangel; Enigma; Fatherland), an upstanding Roman engineer rushes to repair an aqueduct in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, which, in A.D. 79, is getting ready to blow its top. Young Marcus Attilius … see full wiki

Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: Random House
4 reviews about Pompeii: A Novel
review by . November 20, 2011
In 79 AD a new Aquarius is appointed, Marcus Attilius Primus, after the last Aquarius disappeared.      Unexplained water loss occurs int he cities near Pompeii and the Aquarius is sent to find the cause and correct the problem.      As the story begins, one of the wealthy residents, Ampliatus, a former slave, is putting one of his slaves to death. This young man was caring for Ampliatus's prized fish which were meant for delicacys for honored guests. …
review by . September 15, 2004
Despite what you might think, Mount Vesuvius is something of a secondary character in this historical novel, even though the reader is well aware of what's in store for the mountain and the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But knowledge of the impending cataclysm only increases the reader's interest with each successive tremor or sulfurous odor.    Robert Harris could have opted for a multi-character "movie of the week" kind of scenario, but instead he focuses more tightly …
review by . June 24, 2004
Just finished Pompeii, which didn't come alive for me until the last half of the story. The characterizations are a bit shallow, with the exception of Pliny Elder, who is brought to life as a living person rather than the historical icon he'd always been to me. Some of the excesses of Roman society are set forth in a truly revolting fashion! What this book does so well is place the reader on the Bay of Naples, from the initial portents of the volcanic eruption, through the inferno with its deadly …
review by . February 09, 2004
I have always enjoyed well written historical fiction, especially if the story line stays fairly close to actual events. This new book falls perfectly into that category: well written, historically accurate, and with a plot that keeps you turning the pages. It also has characters with whom you can become involved, and the writing is of a level that it makes you wish the actual events turn out differently, even though you know that's not going to happen. That kind of feeling only comes with a book …
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