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Pompeii | Paperback

Released on 27 September 2004

Author: Robert Harris | Format: Paperback

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A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? But even as Rome's richest citizens relax in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, there are ominous warnings that something is going wrong. Wells and springs are failing, a man has disappeared, and now the greatest aqueduct in the world - the mighty Aqua Augusta - has suddenly ceased to flow...Through the eyes of four characters - a young engineer, an adolescent girl, a corrupt millionaire and an elderly scientist - Robert Harris brilliantly recreates a luxurious world on the brink of destruction.

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 great book

| | See all choccychip's reviews (16)

I loved this book, it was exciting and informative at the same time. I recomend everybody to read this book now as rumours are it will soon be made into a film and every book lover knows it is always best to read the book first.

 Enjoyable

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I enjoyed this book, I am interested in the subject matter so if you are then I think you will like this. It is not a heavy read its well paced and gives an insight into life in the times and what happened that fatal day.

 Description. Description. What happened to the plot?

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This is one of those weak historical novels where the Author gets so caught up in the description of the society, culture, architecture and historical detail, that there is no time for plot.

Whilst the accuracy and extent of description about Roman life is admirable, this book is supposed to be a novel. The storyline is almost non-existent and the characters are very weak.

If this story had been set in modern times it would be laughed at as a B-Movie style plot written on the back of a napkin but because it is set in Roman times the author is apparently revered. Why?

Don't waste your time with this half-hearted attempt at a novel. If you want lame distaster plots, go to the cinema; if you want to know about Roman life get a history book. There are much better historical novels out there, covering all periods. Why did this book get such positive press?

 History brought to life

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The book is based over 4 days leading up to the roman town pompeii and other surrounding towns get covered by the volcano, vesuvius. The Lead character has been sent from rome to deal with the aquaduct which has dried up and to replace the previous engineer who was looking after it goes missing. The story follows the aquaduct engineer well tries to fix it and try to find out why his predecessor goes missing. It also follows 3 other character who the engineer comes across, which are a freeman who owns a lot off the town and is corrupt, as well as a young lady who is his daughter and a elderly scientist (for the people into roman history is Pliny the Elder). The book is very well written and keeps intrested all the way through. It brings the ancient city of pompeii and surrounding area alive and puts a real touch to it. It involves real people, places and other information found in pompeii into the story. It is a brilliant read for people into history and not into history alike.

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AuthorRobert Harris
PublisherArrow Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
Year2004
ISBN9780099282617
FormatPaperback - 352 Pages