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The Last Stoic
by Morgan Wade (Goodreads Author)
The Last Stoic is a story about appetite and fear, both modern and ancient. Half of the story's narrative occurs in the time and place of the ancient Roman Empire; the other half occurs in the present-day United States. A central conceit of the novel is that the parallels between the two eras are so strong that the narrative can continue uninterrupted as the setting shifts ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Hidden Brook Press
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This was an interesting novel that involves two similar/identical story lines that play out in different periods (Roman Empire/Contemporary America). The author does a good job of drawing the similarities out of each situation. However, it took a while to catch on to what action was taking place then due to the similarity of character names (Marcus/Mark) and location names. It took me several chapters to understand what was going on, but when I did I thought the author did a fine job of interlac ...more
I found this book to be quite intriquing. I've always said that America is going the way of the Roman Empire, and this story presents a unique parallel between the two worlds. At times the comparison is almost too direct, but the author clearly shows that, in his words, "All the cycles of creation since the beginning of time exhibit the same recurring pattern, so that it can make no difference whether you watch the identical spectacle for a hundred years, or for two hundred, or forever." Or, to ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Dennis Schvejda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Well researched, the author crafts a story highlighting parallels between the United States and Ancient Rome, with "The Meditations," by Marcus Aurelius a common thread.
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Morgan Wade's first novel, The Last Stoic, was edited by award winning novelist Helen Humphreys (Coventry, The Reinvention of Love) and in 2012 it made the ReLit Awards long list. Morgan's short stories and poems have been published in Canadian literary journals and anthologies, including, The New Quarterly and The Nashwaak Review. He attended the Humber School of Writing where he worked with accl ...moreMore about Morgan Wade...