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The Last Days of Pompeii

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Reveals the famous last days of Pompeii in great detail. Interesting reading both for the mystic and the scholar.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 23rd 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1834)
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Kara
Jun 17, 2014 Kara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-ancient

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
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Stacey
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
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Kim
"The Last Days of Pompeii"is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. It shouldn't surprise you to know that the novel is about the destruction of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, better known as a really, really long time ago. The novel was inspired by the painting The Last Day of Pompeii by the Russian painter Karl Briullov, which Bulwer-Lytton had seen in Milan. I'm going to look that up in a few minutes. When I looked up the author I found that his enti ...more
Saladin Saladin
رواية رومانسية شيقة من الأدب الكلاسيكي ، كتبت عام 1834م ، جرت أحداثها في مدينة بومبي الإيطالية قبيل ثوران بركان فيزوف المدمر سنة 79 للميلاد ، للرواية قيمة أخلاقية و دينية كذلك ، فهي تسلط الضوء على درجة الفساد و الإنحلال الأخلاقي التي تردى إليها سكان المدينة و أيضا تفشي عبادتهم للآلهة الوثنية المتعددة في ذلك العصر ، وموقفهم السلبي و المناهض للديانة المسيحية التي كانت تخطو خطواتها الأولى نحو الإنتشار، و كل هذه المظاهر كانت السبب في أن تطمر هذه المدينة تحت أطنان من الحمم و الرماد البركاني ، ليتم اك ...more
Brenda
Mar 05, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 boggling to me! Made me want to visit and see the ruins.
Erik Graff
Apr 30, 2009 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  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.
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
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sabisteb
Jul 22, 2016 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörbücher, classics
Ich kann mich gar nicht erinnern, dass das Buch streckenweise so langatmig war. Ich habe es zugegebenermaßen das erste Mal aus Übersetzung aus den 1920er Jahren gelesen und da hat man möglicherweise die langatmigen Stellen gestrafft.
Erstaunlich wie wenig Handlung man in so viel Text unterbringen kann.
Ein klassischer Fall von educative Literature. Genau wie in Hugos "Glöckner von Notre Dame" ist die Handlung eigentlich nur ein Mittel zum Zweck, die neusten Archeologischen Ausgrabungen und Entdeck
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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
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Sam
This is an interesting read that shows what life was like for a number of the inhabitants of Pompeii in the days leading up to the eruption that made the city so infamous. Lytton uses his characters to cover all the main cultures and peoples that make up this colourful city, from the Greeks (represented by Glaucus) and the Egyptians (represented by Arbaces) to the new religion of Christianity (represented by Olinthus) and the older religions and belief in the occult (represented by the Witch). T ...more
Suzanne
May 17, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Masanobu
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
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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
امتياز

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
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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.
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.
Kassy
Jan 25, 2008 Kassy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
sabisteb
Jul 13, 2011 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Dafne
Oct 23, 2014 Dafne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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sabisteb
Nov 26, 2012 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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J.M.
"...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
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Elizabeth
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
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Robbie Forkish
Jul 02, 2016 Robbie Forkish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite novels is Zanoni, by this same author; it was mentioned by Rudolf Steiner as an example of a Rosicrucian tale. That made me interested in reading more of his work.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton hasn't aged well; in his day he was apparently more popular than Dickens or Austin but he's largely unknown today. He lived large financing a lavish lifestyle from his extraordinary volume of novels, plays and poems. Lytton also influenced popular culture, including mens formal wear. He was so wi
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Faran
Jan 07, 2011 Faran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read and rated this a long time ago but I was looking through some of my ratings and tried to remember whether 2/5 was more appropriate than 3/5. I like historical fiction a lot, particularly that set in the Roman Empire, so I probably have high standards for it. I don't think I failed to enjoy this book, but the way he made sure to have the protagonist turn Christian at the end was a little aggravating. It would have been appeasing to 19th century audiences, but there were individuals even th ...more
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
Manuel Sanz
Recreación de la ciudad de Pompeya. Los últimos días de su existencia. Aquellos en que sus habitantes seguían viviendo sin saber que pronto el volcán segaría sus vidas, sus ilusiones, sin querer ver los avisos que la naturaleza les estaba mandando.

Describe las costumbres, las comidas, casas, calles sus juegos en el circo, la aparición de las primeras comunidades cristianas, la religión politeísta frente a la monoteísta, la esclavitud etc.

El argumento gira sobre dos triángulos amorosos: Glauco, a
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Benozir Ahmed
Dec 04, 2016 Benozir Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly for most of the readers they will be biased to shelve the book in Historical Fiction. In my case I would like to differ. In fact the story is featured upon AD 79. To me that world was more full of fantasy than history. It was the time when history was being written newly after the era was going through so many changes. Fall of Greek empire, Rise of the Romans being threatened by the introduction of the powerful religious belief of christianity, beliefs in Greek gods , Greek gods with R ...more
William
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
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Lucy
Aug 24, 2011 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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