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Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
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Dec 15, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-memoir, classical-antiquity, fiction, historical-fiction, favorites, french, yourcenar
Read in August, 2011

This is something extraordinary. If I was told this was the actual memoirs of the emperor, I would have believed it.

This is a remarkable book, both for the exquisite and well-crafted writing style, but for the depth and solidity of the research, and how multifaceted and fascinating the character of Hadrian is. It seems I have known him all my life, and I wanted to talk to him about his 'grave Aurelius', only to remember that both have long passed.

Recommended for those who love books, and talking to the elderly and listening to their lives.
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“Nothing is slower than the true birth of a man.”
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Jasmine I've just finished Memoirs of Hadrian and I am still mesmerized by its beauty. This book is very special and you were able to capture its essence in a few lines with your spot on review. I felt the same. It was like loosing a good friend when I finished the book.

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.... And I thought you wrote it.

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