Οι περιγραφές του είναι εξαιρετικές και δεν γίνονται ποτέ κουραστικές. My favorite character is the historical figure, Pliny, the great ancient Roman naturalist and scholar. Where he falls down though is in the characterisation. She's referred twice in the last couple of posts to the preface quotes. The tension is nice and high, with Attilius aware that he's in constant danger, regardless of what he does being the aquarius when the aqueduct breaks is a bad career move for a start, and, of course, that turns out to be the least of his problems.
Plan to join us July 1, for the beach read of the year, we'll make a sandbox right here, bring your shovel for some excavations and sit back and enjoy what you uncover. I had the idea of a dominant world power in the back of my mind, and of how long it might last, and of hubris, because in the end all empires and civilisations pass away. Marcus Attilius Primus is an engineer newly in charge of the section of aqueduct that services Pompeii. To return to one of the original questions: what is this book really about? So it was in Pompeii. It should be a Two-For-One: A suspense novel to take to the beach; and some insight into life in the Roman Empire and the eruption of Mt. Rebecca, what a wonderful post! And it seemed as it went along poor Attilius kept encountering more and more conflict while the clock meanwhile, kept ticking. One writer, Vitruvius, recommened a fall of six inches to every 100 feet of aqueduct.
First off, I'll be putting up some points for your consideration in the heading? Brilliantly evoking the doomed society pursuing its ambitions and schemes in the shadow of a mountain that nobody knew was a volcano, Harris, as Vesuvius explodes, gives full vent to his genius for thrilling narrative. It is as if something seismic, catastrophic, has happened. The fresh water provided by the aqueduct is not only necessary to sustain the local populace, but the 10,000 sailors in Misenum too. Ruins of hypocausts can be found in every country the Romans occupied, here a model in France hypocaust model: click to enlarge showing how it worked. However we are interested in aquaducts here….
Predictability does not necessarily denote cliché. And then, the earth rumbles yet again. Pompeii is an interesting read as Harris paints a unique portrait of this thriving town and its expanding businesses, along with the urban aristocrats right to the fore-front for our attention. A young boy named Milo walks out of his tent to discover his people fighting off an invading horde of Romans. One of the sites even contains a heated, sulferous underground river that could have been easily passed off as the river Styx. But of course, the fools in authority won't listen.
He mounts it, and after a while, she takes his hand and hops on the horse's back. A certain degree of predictability is inevitable in a novel such as this. There was a moment where I thought the book perhaps could have finished and yet it went on. Robert Harris provides a thrill ride as the characters all choose their path in response to the eruption, whether to run, stay and try to ride out the horror, or to rush toward it in hopes of providing rescue or gaining scientific knowledge. Life in the Empire is similarly exaggerated with lingering attention to the grotesque and decadent but almost nothing about how most people lived. His more immediate problem is an upcoming arena battle with a noble, promised-to-be-freed fighter named Atticus.
So you would have seen a great deal more than in your visit Ginny. I was impressed by the high rating and great reviews this book has received. There is a very long build up though. We'll take all guesses up until June 30 and then we'll announce the winner on July 1, and the winner will win a great prize. It's this lack of convincing that stops the reader in their tracks because there's no real reason, once the eruptions start, to care what the engineer's motivations are.
There's much to research in this novel, if one has the time. This is a rivetting read, if ever there was one. Marcus's only concern, however, is the great aqueduct that supplies the entire region, and why it has suddenly run dry. The main problem seems to be that the suspense level isn't cracked up enough and most of the characters aren't compelling enough. This room is a jaw dropping experience, the vastness of the ancient vault is simply almost unimaginable The warm rooms of the baths were achieved by means of hypocausts hypocaust: click to enlarge Here heating for a caldarium or hot room is shown. At the end of a long career, Pliny served as admiral of the fleet at Misenum, and died during an attempted naval rescue operation of victims of the volcanic eruption.
Milo reminds Corvus that he is the one who killed his family, yet he chooses not to directly kill Corvus. What an explosion it was. Will the hero be able to save the heroine, or will she need to save him, or is everyone going to end up toast in the explosive conclusion? All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. His personal observations of finding leaking sections of aqueduct, illegal usage of water, and other problems. In the long run, volcanic deposits can develop into some of the richest agricultural lands on earth. Harris proves, if proof were needed, that he is a writer who, unfashionably, never loses sight of his obligation towards the reader's welfare and enjoyment. One of the best I have encountered.