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Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
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Dec 21, 09

bookshelves: fiction, read-2009, ancient-world-fiction
Read in December, 2009

A look at the meaning of life through the eyes of a man who had almost limitless power combined with a desire to do good. The voice of Yourcenar's Hadrian can be a tad depressing due to his rather bleak philosophy about life, but the novel is nevertheless impressive in the scope of its observations on the experience of humanity.

My initial interest was learning about the life and circumstances of this emperor of Rome, and to that extent, I was slightly disappointed, as these took a back seat to Hadrian's thoughts.
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