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L'assiro (Tiglath Ashur #1)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Assiria, VII secolo avanti Cristo. A Ninive, nel Palazzo Reale, vivono felici i due fr atellastri Tiglath Assur e Asarhaddon. Entrambi si innamorano della stessa affascinante principessa, dalla quale – oltreché il loro – dipende il destino dell'Assiria. Rivive nelle pagine di questo libro un mondo scomparso, barbaro e raffinato.
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published January 1989 by Euroclub (first published January 1st 1987)
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Lisa Liel
Aug 30, 2007 Lisa Liel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: historical
I wish I could give more than 5 stars. This book, and its sequel, The Blood Star, would get a solid 10 out of 10 if that were allowed here.

The main character, Tiglath, is the son of the king of Assyria. He's noble and good and in every way worthy of being a king. He's one of the best characters I've ever read, and I was sad when I got to the end of the sequel, because that's the last I'm going to see of him.

Read this. Find it and read it and savor it, because it's amazing. The sequel, God only k
"The Assyrian" is the story of the fictional son of Assyrian kings Sennacherib.

Nicholas Guild paints a vivid portrait of a time mostly known from wall panels and surviving antiquities.

The main character, Tiglath Ashur, comes through as a very real person, with hopes, dreams, loves, and with many strengths and weaknesses. An interesting and engaging character.

A word of warning, though. Nicholas Guild pulls no punches when it comes to the punishments of the era, and is such an be extremely graphic
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Holly Lindquist
Epic historical melodrama set in Ancient Mesopotamia?


Bloody battle scenes that read like Sam Peckinpah meets Epic of Gilgamesh?


Lusty harlots? Conniving eunuchs? Nefarious kings? Tragic love? Creepy blind prophets spouting omens? A bull-headed main character who always chooses the hard path in any situation?

All of the above and more.

PS: If you like this book, it's well worth the effort to track down the sequel, The Blood Star. It's out of print and somewhat pricey, but a more economi
Ana Elena

Siglo VII a. C. Tiglath Assur y Asarhadón, hermanastros, excelentes amigos e hijos del rey de Asiria, comparten sueños y secretos, aunque saben que parten muy atrás en la línea de sucesión a la corona. Pero tras la designación del heredero al trono, una plaga de suicidios y asesinatos, que conduce a Asiria al borde de la gu erra civil mientras tribus bárbaras invaden el país, les despeja el camino. Son tiempos terribles en los que se suceden traiciones y matanzas sangrientas, y muchos v
Juan Cruz
For historic fiction fans. This is one of the best books I have read. I'm a starting the second part right now.
Lisa Tubsterr
My copy is falling to bits I've read it so often. An epic novel.
Il libro mi è piaciuto.

La trama è molto bella.
C'è sempre qualcosa che succede.
Non vi sono mai punti morti e credo sia il libro più "page turner" che abbia letto da parecchio.
Il lettore è completamente immerso in questa realtà ormai scomparsa.

Tuttavia ho letto questo libro dopo aver letto che quasi tutte le recensioni dicevano "il miglior romanzo storico che abbia mai letto" e quando le aspettative sono altissime è facile trovare un motivo per esser delusi. Io l'ho trovato nella trattazi
Phillip McCollum
Wow, this book was long winded. I think Nicholas Guild could have used a little more editorial work as he had a tendency to repeat himself and go off into tiring introspection. The Assyrian was published in 1987, perhaps when there was a little more patience for this type of thing. But even that, I doubt, is a valid reason for 243,842 words that could have been cut by a third.

There have been comparisons of this book to James Clavell's Shogun, and its scope is just as wide, but there was somethin
Tiglat ist der Sohn Sanheribs, des großen Königs von Assur und der Ionierin Merope. Der Palast des Königs vom Zweistromland steht in der Stadt Ninive. Dort wächst Tiglat im Frauenhaus des Königs auf, gemeinsam mit seinen Halbbrüdern. Darunter der Sohn der berechnenden Nakija, Assarhaddon. Ihn und Tiglat verbindet eine besondere Bruderliebe.
Und dann ist da noch die kleine Assarhamat. Sie und Tiglat verbindet seit Kindheit an nicht nur Freundschaft, sondern auch Liebe. Doch Assarhamat ist d
Excelente novela histórica ambientada en la Asiria del S. VII a.c. Cuenta la vida de dos hermanastros y príncipes asirios, su amistad y su odio, sus peleas y envidias, sus amores y aventuras, y como telón de fondo la historia de una época poco novelada pero muy interesante en la que conocemos el esplendor y caída de un imperio, el asirio, y de muchos otros pueblos y culturas de alrededor: egipcios, acadios, babilonios, sumerios, medas, hititas, fenicios ….
Las dos novelas de la serie (El Asirio y
I first read this twenty years ago and loved it. I loved Tilgath Ashur the war hero who cared so much about virtue, favorite of his father Sennacherib, loyal to his brother Esarhaddon no matter what. This time it took me almost a month to get through it, with detours through eleven other books! Difficult. Once we reached Tilgath's adulthood, the harder he tried to be virtuous the more trouble he let his people of Assyria fall into. I did enjoy Tilgath's encounters with foreign nations such as th ...more
Muy interesante! Un libro 10 !
Deseando leer la continuación :-)
Puntuación: 5/5
I enjoyed reading about this time period, since there isn't much written. After having read The Egyptian by Mika Waltari subsequently, I now consider this a "rip-off" of the other much superior novel. There were the descriptions of the Assyrian culture, Tilglath Ashur's travels and bloody battles, but it lacked the spiritual quest of the Waltari book and the depth of the main character. I considered the sequel The Blood Star superior.
Campy but entertaining historical epic.
I don't know why I continue to read this book. I guess it's because it is about Sumeria which is one of my favorite subjects and this may be the only novel on the subject - not counting Gilgamesh 8*)

Amateurish writing, pedestrian, predictable plot about a king who is "noble and good and in every way worthy of being a king." Of course he is also a mass murderer, pederast, torturer, and slave trader. But that at least is honest for the period.

Too bad there's not a Patrick O'Brian for Mesopotamia.
Ricardo Moreno mauro
Muy buen libro y una historia envolvente que te lleva al medio oriente. Excelente la descripción de las batallas.
This historical fiction book is just like every other historical fiction book out there - it doesn't say anything new or interesting. I'd skip it. But it wasn't so bad that I couldn't even finish it, so I guess it could have been worse.
Rob Carsello
Loved it.
--Interesting to imagine life in another culture in another time.
--Captivating story line
--Started reading Blood Star as soon as I finished this one.
Oct 08, 2007 Sue rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ancient history historical novel fans
Interesting look at ancient life before Roman times. Included royal life as well as that of the soldier. Many interesting relationships.
Jaime Contreras
This was an enoyable read about ancient Assyria and its ruler. Nothing incredible about this but worth the time.
Juan Navarro
Amazing book from the start to finish. what an amazing piece of historical novel this is
May 06, 2010 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joe by: Aby Tomy
An Epic story. But disappointed in the way it ends! It could have been better!
Really liked this story. Will read Blood Star.
uno dei libri che amo di più
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Nicholas Guild was born in Belmont, California in 1944. He graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in English in 1966 and from the University of California at Berkeley with an M.A. in Comparative Literature (1968) and a Ph.D. in English (1972). Since then he has divided his time between teaching and writing. He currently lives in Frederick, MD.
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