Pompeii by robert harris

I do not know if the geological and volcanological elements would put others off, whether others may prefer a story about people only, but I happened to find them extraordinarily fascinating. If a Hollywood blockbuster was made of this historical event, there would be a scientist of some sort trying to convince everyone that the mountain was going to blow, and of course, everyone would ignore him.

Since The Usual Suspectsnovels and movies have become obsessed with the trick ending: Tune in and find out But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work—both natural and man-made—threatening to destroy him.

Unfortunately, he gets pulled into a gruesome slave killing by the daughter of the man doing to the killing. At times my mind would yell at the characters, "Get the hell out of there.

Most were coated in a thick grey dust, their hair frosted. His plan is to travel to Pompeii and put together an expedition, then head out to the place where he believes the fault lies.

A deranged Ampliatus refuses to evacuate and holds first his family and then Attilius captive, believing that he will become even richer and more powerful by rebuilding the city once more after it is destroyed. I in no way mean unsophisticated or simplistic, for he is an author who can comfortably shoulder the mantle of an old fashioned storyteller.

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Run for your lives. There are no deep hidden truths of humanity illuminated within this story. Comparison with the United States[ edit ] The novel's motto combines two quotes, from Tom Wolfe 's Hooking Up and from the Natural History of Pliny the Elder who, as noted, is a central character in the book itselfwith both writers speaking in nearly identical terms of the preeminence of, respectively, the present United States and the Roman Empire, over the rest of the world.

Nature had reversed herself so that they were drowning beneath rock in the middle of the sea, drifting in the depths of night during the bright hours of the day. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Pompeii by Robert Harris

A whole community, buried in volcanic ash years ago, has been brought to life. The end of the aqueduct is a huge building, the Piscina Mirabilis, which acts as a reservoir for the city.

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For British readers, there's another - and rather charming - code buried in the prose. She immediately reminds Attilius of his wife, whose death he still mourns.

It deserved it in my opinion. There's the question of what happened to Exomnius. Review.


Certain thriller writers burst upon the scene with considerable impact: Forsyth with The Day of the Jackal, Cruz Smith with Gorky Park and Robert Harris with the masterly parisplacestecatherine.comstingly, of these three authors, by far the most consistent has been Harris, and his new novel, Pompeii is in some ways his most audacious offering yet, a brilliantly orchestrated thriller-cum.

Robert Harris does an effective job translating the actual minutia of Roman life in Pompeii and explaining the background of the eruption.

Taking the viewpoint of the keeper of the aqueduct is a unique touch that helps make the story more personal/5(). ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy/5(K).

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ROBERT HARRIS is the author of eleven novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, Dictator, and Conclave.

Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer. Pompeii is a novel by Robert Harris, published by Random House in It blends historical fiction with the real-life eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD, which overwhelmed Pompeii and its surrounding environs.

Robert Harris obviously did thorough research on the Roman era, Pompeii, the aqueducts, and volcanology. The research, however, never overshadows the story.

Young Attilius explains all the details of the aqueduct and its history, but his own dedicated education and work with them provides the means to fit it within the storyline.

Pompeii by robert harris
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Pompeii by Robert Harris