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The Last Days of Pompeii

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,124 ratings  ·  87 reviews
The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. Once a very widely read book and now relatively neglected, it culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published 1896 by George Routledge & Sons (first published 1834)
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I read this perhaps 25 years ago, but just downloaded a copy, not remembering that I'm already familiar with it. The opening lines reminded me. Of course, being so long ago, I don't remember a lot about the reading (good reason to revisit the book,) but it did make quite an impression on me. Since I was a teenager, I've watched many documentaries that reference Pompeii, and have a fascination with volcanoes.

In 1980, Mt. St. Helens erupted, the top 1/3 of the mountain disappearing in a moment. I

A veiled Roman lady walks down the cobble stone street of ancient Pompeii. She smiles when she sees her friend and modestly removes only half her veil to greet her in front of the House of the Tragic Poet, a name that will be conferred upon it seventeen centuries hence.

“O friend! By wise Juno, how are you?”

“Alas and alack, dear friend! This day I am forced to place a one star review on Goodreads!”

“By the gods this is sore news indeed! Why?”

“The melodramatic overacting of the main characters is q
Brad Hodges
Once wildly popular, Baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton is now best know for a couple of his quotes. One is "the pen is mightier than the sword," which is often used; the other is the opening to his novel Paul Clifford: "It was a dark and stormy night," which was later used by Charles Schulz in Peanuts, with Snoopy's attempts at writing a novel always starting with that line.

In 1834 Bulwer-Lytton published The Last Days of Pompeii, a potboiler about the days leading up the August 14, 79 AD eruption of M
Fascinated me! Revealed how the people of Pompeii lived, what their daily lives were like. As the author describes the volcano erupting, I felt that I was right there and could feel what the people felt. I read this way before there was much information out or any movies made so it was just mind blogging to me! Made me want to visit and see the ruins.
Erik Graff
Jul 07, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bulwer-Lytton fans
Recommended to Erik by: Louise Fischer
Shelves: literature
I read this thing while taking Latin and belonging to the Latin Club at Maine Township South High School South in Park Ridge, Illinois. Although not highly regarded as literature, I, as an early teen, liked it quite a lot except for what, even then, I felt to be a rather saccharine Christianity.
بسام عبد العزيز
بالرغم من كرهي للرومانسية لكنني لم أستطع منع نفسي من الإعجاب بهذه الرواية. ما السبب؟ لا أعرف! أنا فقط أحببتها!

القصة كما يظهر من عنوانها تدور أحداثها في الأيام الاخيرة قبل فوران بركان فيزوف ليردم مدينة بومبي تحت الحمم اللافحة..

في هذه الأيام يرسم الكاتب صورة لحياة الانحلال التي سادت في تلك الفترة.. يقدم العديد من النماذج التي تراها صالحة في كل وقت و في كل مكان..

النخبة الثرية التي تغرق إلى أذنيها في الملذات..
طبقة العبيد التي تقوم بعمل كل شيء ولا تلقى إلا الفتات.. بل و أحيانا يقومون بدور مهرج الس
May 17, 2008 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my kids!
I loved this book! It's fun to read about history in story form. It takes a bit of effort to get into the story at first, but half way through the book, it's hard to put it down. I was too tired to finish reading it last night, but woke up early (5:30AM) and finished it before doing anything else. It's a fascinating account of the unknown but one true God pursuing and rescuing some who were deeply immersed in the gods of their current culture and times. And also of the tragedy of the volcanic ex ...more
This was just an adventure book with a historical setting. I think it had no blatant historical mistakes (I don't know much about Rome or Pompeii), and it was entertaining enough, but it didn't have me hooked, as I expected. I also expected more drama from the Vesubius eruption, but it had just a mild effect on the main characters' lives.
What made me give this book just two stars was:
1. Flat characters. Good ones were really good ones. Bad ones were evil. Good ones win without much effort and ju
I’ve read a few other novels about Pompeii, and I learned about this book after seeing it mentioned in reviews for those other books.

The language felt very unnatural at first, but after doing a little research I learned that the book was written in 1834 so that would be why. I haven’t read many Victorian novels, but I became used to the language after a little while. This is my favorite out of all of the Pompeii-themed novels that I’ve read. The eruption doesn’t happen until the very end, but I
David Fulmer
A romantic historical novel inspired by a famous natural disaster in ancient times and archaeological evidence discovered in Pompeii, this novel was among the most popular works of literature in the nineteenth century though it’s now all but forgotten. ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ is a love story set in that Roman town just before the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried it and most of its citizens in ash. It draws a vivid portrait of the lifestyle of the Imperial Romans, their daily baths, sy ...more
There's not a lot of point criticising Bulwer-Lytton's overblown, excessively flowery, never-use-one-word-if-you-can-use-ten style, because that was his shtick - if that's the sort of thing you like, then you'll like this. I didn't, much, I found the characters stock, the descriptions stilted and the historical accuracy too glued on. I did get involved though once the volcano erupted (oops, hope that hasn't given away the plot), and there was one insight into crowd behaviour that is universal an ...more

توجد هذه الرواية في مكتبتي منذ زمن لكني لم اقرأها من قبل ، وهي عبارة عن رواية عالمية من ترجمة المكتبة العالمية للفتيان والفتيات ، تتحدث بشكل شيق ومثير عن آخر أيام بومباي وهي مدينة إيطالية تعرضت للتدمير بشكل كامل بفعل الحمم البركانية في صيف عام 79 للميلاد.

أسلوب المترجم والملخص " أكرم الرافعي " بسيط وسلس ، ويشرح بعض الكلمات غير المعروفة أو الدارجة.

وطبعًا هذه الرواية مبسطة وموجهة للقراء الصغار " للفتية " ولكني استمتعت بقراءتها جداً ، وإذا وقعت بين يدي ترجمة " للكبار " فأكيد سوف أكرر التجربة واقرأها

Mi è sempre piaciuta la storia e soprattutto quella dell’antica Roma. Dopo la bellissima lettura di Quo Vadis? ho cercato altri romanzi ambientati nello stesso periodo storico e mi sono imbattuta in questo libro, il cui titolo avevo già sentito nominare.
Il nome di Pompei è per me sempre sinonimo di fascino e curiosità; non mi potevo tenere lontana dal leggere questo romanzo ambientato nell’antica città greco- romana.
Armata di cartina degli scavi archeologici portatami da mia sorella dopo la sua
Les Abernathy
Honestly, a disappointment. It's not badly written, but it wasn't really about what I thought it would be about. I liked the beginning and the ending was a improvement over the middle, but the middle drags on about love triangles that left me wondering when the hell the volcano would erupt. It might have been my own fault for walking into this book so cold, but there nothing here that warmed me up to it. Not even the fires that burnt down Pompeii.
"...the showers and winds extinguished them, and the sudden darkness into which their sudden birth was converted had something in it doubly terrible and doubly impressing on the impotence of human hopes, the lesson of despair."

Choose your own review: for those of you interested in all the weird coincidences and parallels between this and Game of Thrones, skip to the next paragraph. All others, read on. This Victorian-era historical fiction has some great moments, but much of it is melodramatic a
J.C. Gary
I have been trying to finish this fiction book for years. I won't tell you how many. I have to admit it has been a bit of a challenge - I'm still only a quarter of the way through it. It's been kind of a tough read for me because of the writing style. I still want to try to read it even though most of reviews seem to be pretty bad. I have the Leipzig 1879 version with the 1834 preface.
Robert Hepple
First published in 1834, Lytton’s book is a 19th century melodrama set in the city of Pompeii in the days leading up to the devastating eruption on Vesuvius in 79 AD. By this, I mean that the style of writing is overly dramatic, everybody talks in a kind of pseudo Elizabethan English, and regular use is made of capital letters to emphasise phrases. This means that the style, very popular when it was first published, has dated rather badly – I would anticipate that many people will find it diffic ...more
Jonathan Arancibia
Hell, I remember I got so freak out when I read this one. I was like 8 or 9, and I lived in Santiago. We had this huge mountain in front of us and I always thought "if that thing was a volcano, we'd be all screwed." And to feed even more this uprising paranoia, there were several documentaries about volcanoes being aired by that time.
I have always been fascinated by Pompeii. This 19th century classic apparently used to be more widely read, but now has competition with more contemporary works by Robert Harris and many others. It takes a bit of time to get into the plot of the story, but for ancient history enthusiasts, this book is worth the effort.
Really beautiful. If you can handle the iambic pentameter, it was a classic epic of hero versus man and nature. Really liked it!!!

Makes me want to go to Pompeii!
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Glaukus Liebt Jone
Nydia liebt Glaukus
Julia liebt Glaukus
Abaces liebt Jone
Jone liebt Glaukus

Pompeij 74. n. Chr. Der junge, reiche Griechen Glaukus führt ein Leben in Müßiggang im Kreise nichtsnutziger junger Tagediebe wie dem Patrizier Clodius und dem Dichter Sallust, die ihn heimlich verachten, aber seinen Weinkeller lieben. Das ändert sich plötzlich als Glaukus Jone erblickt und sich unsterblich in diese blonde Schönheit verliebt. Jone ist eine Waise. Sie und ihr Bruder Apäcides (ein Isispriest
Pompeij 74. n. Chr. Der junge, reiche Griechen Glaukus führt ein Leben in Müßiggang im Kreise nichtsnutziger junger Tagediebe wie dem Patrizier Clodius und dem Dichter Sallust, die ihn heimlich verachten, aber seinen Weinkeller lieben. Das ändert sich plötzlich als Glaukus Jone erblickt und sich unsterblich in diese blonde Schönheit verliebt. Jone ist eine Waise. Sie und ihr Bruder Apäcides (ein Isispriester) sind Mündel des geheimnisvollen Ägypters Arbaces, der in Jone mehr sieht als eine Zieht ...more
I chose this book because I visited Pompeii 30 years ago and I thought I would reacquaint myself, especially since I didn't have the appreciation for such things then like I do now. I felt this was the book to read but I hadn't realized that it was written in 1834, so, of course, there was lots of old flowery language and it started out being a real chore. However, the story was full of intrigue and romance and actually started taking off. It shed light on the day to day lives of the people livi ...more
A romance, heavy on the details, leading up to the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79. Throw in some hedonistic noblemen, gladiators, Christians, a scheming seductress and a few lions - what's not to like?

"I believe in two deities - Nature and Necessity; I worship the last by reverence, the first by investigation. What is the morality my religion teaches? All things are subject but to general rules: the sun shines for the joy of the many... though it may bring sorrow to the few; the night sheds sl
Meredith Cenzer
A book about 79 AD Pompeii written with the greatest historical accuracy in 1834. I have been amused by the added layer of confusion when the author adds footnotes for things like converting money to 'present day' currency. His descriptions of the many virtues of our star-crossed lovers go a little overboard. His elaborate set-up to make the eruption of Vesuvius an end-of-days scenario for the five Christians that existed in 79 AD was predictable for the time. Still, I sort of liked it.
Gabriel Wallis
What a difficult book to read! I've owned "The Last Days of Pompeii" since I was a child, and finally decided to sit down and read it. Over the years I've picked it up, looked at it, and put it back down, always playing with the idea to actually read it. And now that I've read it, I'm glad I did. It was good! So much happened in the storyline, there's not enough time to go over the details. I really appreciated the Christians (Nazarenes) in the story. They caught my attention, being a Christian ...more
James Violand
Jun 25, 2014 James Violand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
Good read. The movies that supposedly follow this novel - do not! The reader gets to understand the motives of the personalities in a typical Roman city of the 1st century. Entertaining.
Kevin Maschke
Leída edición española de 1966.
Spanish edition from 1966 read.
Megan D
What can I say. It's a classic and a very lovely book.
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Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of his day, who coined such phrases as "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and the infamous incipit "It was a dark and stormy night."

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