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Memoirs Of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
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Mar 01, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: thesis-book-list, to-read

This novel is unusual in that it's structured as a memoir, and as such, is much more contemplative, inward looking, and essayistic than a conventional novel would be, i.e. there are so far very few episodes of action, dialogue, etc. The "action" lies in the incredible humanity and flexibility and suppleness with which Marguerite Yourcenar has resurrected the mind of a historical figure--from antiquity, none the less--and shown us its contours.

I've only read a couple of chapters as of yet, but what I've read has felt eerily fresh and simultaneously cooly distant, as if these ideas were, like starlight, arriving across some unthinkable void, light years after their source had burned out.

And yes, I bought this book in Rome. How could I not have?
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Tom How nicely put, Libby. I've had this one on my shelf for ages. Your evocative review makes me want to take it out and finally read it.

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