A number one bestselling Roman thriller from the award-winning master of the literary and historical thriller genre: Robert Harris. A thrilling depiction of one of the most famous natural disasters in human history: the explosion of Mount Vesuvius.
A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? But ev
OK, I admit that I am grossly trivialising a tremendous story, which is really about Marcus Attilius Primus, the aquarius, or chief water engineer, who is sent to the Bay of Naples to manage the water supply to all of the towns in the area. The main artery of the supply i ...more
The plot is serviceable. Marcus Attilius Primus is an engineer newly in charge of the section of aqueduct that services Pompeii. He investigates the mysterious failure of the water supply and along the way, discovers that his predecessor was corrupt. He fall ...more
Having read Imperium by Robert Harris few short months ago I found that I quite enjoyed his uncomplicated writing style. I in no way mean unsophisticated or simplistic, for he is an author who can comfortably shoulder the mantle of an old fashioned storyteller.
Many authors try to be story tellers, but they over write or have not the skill and under write, or get caught up in too many tangents, thinking that everything they do has to be with ...more
The pace is somewhat slow in the beginning but picks up pace as it proceeds. The author introduces a number of characters ...more
What child isn’t intrigued with their power and scared by their force?
We don’t build major population centers around them for good reason. But in ancient times, a dormant volcano was not well understood and the resorts/trade centers of Pompeii and Herculaneum became rich and populous in the shadow of Vesuvius, and Harris writes about the consequences.
This is a novel but it has much of the science of volcanic eruption that I found in Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa https://www.goodreads.com ...more
Sounds good no? Harris is good at building up the air of menace in the days preceding the eruption. Every action can be looked at as minor compared to the devastation coming and he really does a great j ...more
It's a quick read, and reasonably accurate to the interpretations of what happened in Pompe ...more
In a little over seven hours, one thousand, nine hundred and thirty-six years ago Mt. Vesuvius will have finished the eruption that created the tourist attractions that we know today as Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Having experienced the eruption of Mt. St. Hellen in 1980, and know first hand what the ash fall was like, as a resident in Portland, Oregon, the time sequence and statistics of the volcanic events were fascinating!
The story of the Aquarius, Attilius and the Roman water syste ...more
I have wanted to read this book for a decade
I’ve loved science, and particularly geology, from a very early age, and chose a science class in 5th grade that focused on volcanoes, so my interest is long standing.
I think a non-fiction book about this eruption, if it contained all the known information and conjectures, might have been an even better choice for me.
I got used the fictional story and it did provide a fairly good backdrop for the setting and happenings in that time and place. ...more
First of all, the characters were one-dimensional. They were either all good or all bad, and not one had a personality. The writing was not great, though not horrible. I think it was all telling, no showing. There was no creativity in the writing, no clear voice. There’s sort of a romance thrown in at the end, but there is no reason for it; it is not believable.
The historical facts are rather interesting, and the timeline of the eruption is accur ...more
Robert Harris brings the eruption of Vesuvius to life in this account which starts 3 days beforehand when the signs were there for anyone with sufficient knowledge to recognise. Sadly, few were in that position but thanks to Pliny's eye witness account, the knowledge was made available to future generations. This is a fascinating account of the build up to the eruption, with each chapter headed by a quote from a scientific journa ...more
"Men mistook measurement for understanding. And they always had to put themselves at the center of everything. That was their greatest conceit. The earth is becoming warmer - it must be our fault! The mountain is destroying us - we have not propitiated the gods! It rains too much, it rains too little - a comfort to think that these things are somehow connected to our behavior, that if only we lived a little better, a little more frugally, our vi ...more
It tells the story of Pompeii via character of am Aquarius (water engineer maintaining the incredibly advanced roman aqueducts” – Attilius.
He is concerned that water is failing (and contaminated with sulphur) also his predecessor has mysteriously disappeared – all of it seems to lead to Pompeii and a ruthless ex-slave who made his dishonest fortune rebuilding the town after an earthquake (and who seems to have diverted water with ...more
I'm a sucker for apocalyptic movies. I discovered within the first few pages that Harris used a couple of tried a true methods that are used in those movies. First, we all know what's going to happen, so he starts with a countdown, beginning two days before the eruption. Next, each chapter is prefaced with an interesting fac ...more
Not to the great standard as the Cicero ones, “Pompeii” is nevertheless a great read, full of realistic moments about the inferno that took place on 24 August 79 AD, th ...more
It is this point of view that really makes the story for me. It's obvious that Harris has done his research. As I read the novel I ...more
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