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Imperium | Hardback

Released on 04 September 2006

Author: Robert Harris | Format: Hardback

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When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state. This is the starting-point of Robert Harris' most accomplished novel to date. Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man - clever, compassionate, devious, and vulnerable - fought to reach the top. 'Sometimes it is foolish to articulate an ambition too early - exposing it prematurely to the laughter and skepticism of the world can destroy it before it is even properly born. But sometimes the opposite occurs, and the very act of mentioning a thing makes it suddenly seem possible, even plausible. That was how it was that night.When Cicero pronounced the word "consul" he planted it in the ground like a standard for us all to admire. And for a moment we glimpsed the brilliant, starry future through his eyes, and saw that he was right: that if he took down Verres, he had a chance; that he might - just - with luck - go all the way to the summit...'

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 Truely amazing.

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I don't read an awful lot, but I did this for my personal study earlier this year. It was amazing. I've now read it three times. The plot is so well thought out, and the characters are so well developed. Actually, it gave me quite an easy A=] Every minute detail is conveyed with vivid description, Harris should be very proud of himself, this is a masterpeice of writing. I read online there is to be a sequal-is this true?

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Loved the book; It is not my usual read but I started it on holiday and on my return searched high and low to find it so I could finish the book. The subject is Cicero, a great Roman lawer of two thousand years ago supposedly written by his slave.
On researching my Biography dictionary I found all the events and people to be factual, the slave existed and invented the first short hand way of writing. I wonderful book and I think that "Luthrum'"seems to be the follow- up. ( It's on my wish list anyway)

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AuthorRobert Harris
PublisherArrow Books Ltd (UK)
Year2006
ISBN9780091800956
Formathardback - 352 Pages