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Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
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I thought it was historicaly accurate as I checked the facts against his life facts..however it had a lot of archaic refrences e.g. to Dacia which somewhat made it a difficult read.This was somewhat like the meditations of Marcus Aurelius..to whom it was also addressed. Also reminded me of Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk.
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message 1: by رناتا (new)

رناتا How is this one? My mum has it at home but i have never read it.


اویس well its has some connections with a place called Ithacia or something like it which is in Spain as he was born there.Its Hadrian musings on his life and what he thinks all his life was about..he was a very intelligent man in real life but im not sure he could have been such a genius as he is potrayed in the book as his thoughts were really far reaching.


message 3: by رناتا (new)

رناتا Itálica :) it is a Roman city located around half an hour ago from the city of Seville :), I had the chance of visiting it a few years ago, it is an interesting place, and the theatre has been restored and nowadays is in use.


اویس where do you live in Spain? And have you been to Granada? And have you heard of Boabdil of Grenada?


message 5: by رناتا (new)

رناتا I have been in Granada but I have not been able to go into the Alhambra. I know about Boabdil, after losing Granada he left the city and went into the mountans. When he turned back and saw the city he started crying, and his mother told him 'You do well to weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man.'


message 6: by رناتا (new)

رناتا I am from Madrid, btw.


اویس Oh yes thats the legend which I heard about Boabdil..I was looking at a book by Salman Rushdie called The Moors last Sigh which is based on this story.


message 8: by رناتا (new)

رناتا :) It's a famous legend. I want to read something by Salman Rushdie soon.


اویس Me too :) I am reading the Joke by Milan Kundera...its amazing so far!!!


message 10: by رناتا (new)

رناتا I havent read anything by milan kundera yet.


message 11: by QA (last edited Jan 22, 2012 06:51AM) (new)

 QA Urdu literature of pakistan has a good portion in the shape of romantic fiction about the fall of Grenada and other cities and states of Muslim Spain.There have been many films and dramas on this subject which were very popular with the people.The history of Saracens by syed amir ali is a landmark book on moor culture and civilization.Owais must have read many novels by Nasim Hijazi which have become Urdu claasics .


message 12: by رناتا (new)

رناتا What part of Muslim Spain do they talk about? :)


message 13: by QA (new)

 QA Grenada (Gharnatha),Seville,Ashbilia,Saqlia,alhamra of Al andulusia are popular as for as i remember ,these being arabic names used in Urdu.


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