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I, Claudius by Robert Graves
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Feb 10, 2011

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, local-library, 2011, abroad
Read from August 03 to 12, 2011

If you ever thought history was boring then read I, Claudius. This historical fiction reads like the most twisted, debauched soap opera ever. Written in 1934, I,C's language and descriptions are relatively mild by today's standards which in some ways is nice. Graves gets the point across clearly without vulgarity.

Having taken Latin in high school and being a fan of historical fiction, I was drawn to the book. On a whole I,C was good but not amazing. The numerous characters & familial relationships were hard to follow. I wish the publisher had included a visual family tree.

The story line was certainly interesting but at times the book read as one long run-on sentence: 'This happened, then this happened, then she poisoned her uncle, then the daughter slept with the Senator, then another he was made emperor, then a different he won the battle at x, then the first He divorced a different Her, then the cousin... yada yada.

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