Infamous poet Lord Byron comes to life with incendiary brilliance in this spellbinding blend of gothic imagination and documented fact. Wandering in the mountains of Greece, the supreme sensualist is drawn to the beauty of a mysterious fugitive slave; soon he is utterly entranced, and his fate is sealed. He embarks on a life of adventure even his genius could not have fore...more
I was bitterly disappointed and aggrieved by something that happened when Bryon was made Vampire, but was happy the author resolved this a bit in the end with a surpri ...more
Байрон говори за младостта си и съпътстващите я ...more
In this novel, the two figures are blended, as Lord Byron, poet, lover, scandal-driven exile and freedom fighter is further cursed with an immortality, stained with ...more
Tom Holland's well-researched novel on the possibilities of a Byron vampire intrigued my interest from the start. I'm a huge fan of both Byron and vampires, so--well, what could go wrong? Two of my favorite things in one novel...hahahaha....I wasn't at all nervous.
Well, I am sincerely glad I picked up this book. It's the perfect combination of fact and utter fiction to divine such a story that is both captivating and enlightening. It's not perfect, but it never stumbles, never flinches, per ...more
The text itself is dull and lifeless, just like this portrayal of Lord Byron. It's an interesting concept with poor execution.
But! Richard E. Grant's performance is outstanding. Listen to this quick read, if only for that.
There was a lot about this that I didn't really like. The writing felt very much as if Tom Holland had a draft, and just published the draft instead of the actual edited version. If we talk about the character of Byron, his language is much too simple, he's a Romantic poet! I imagine he would talk in a bit more complicated way than the way he does when he tells his story to Rebecca.
You can see that Tom Holland has drawn i ...more
Ce livre est un véritable pilier de la bit-lit au même titre que Dracula.
Un condensé de symboles autour des différentes religions (juive, chrétienne, musulmane et le polythéisme gréco-romain) qui arrive à définir le vampirisme, à le hiérarchiser, lui donner une quête et un but.
Le tout constellé des chef d'œuvres de Lord Byron (Don Juan, Childe Harolds Pilgrimmage...) en compagnie des personnalités qui l'on croisé (Hobhouse, Percy & Mary Shell ...more
I read the first 100-150 pages, skipped to around 200-210 started reading and didn't miss ANYTHING that was happening, then skipped to near the ending and same thing.
I am glad others liked it, just way too uninteresting for me. Seemed like just a vampire that liked to talk about himself.
It's a well written story that blends myth with history, a romanticized vampire story with truly poetic prose. The experiences within the story are vivid and surreal. Excellent story.
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Holland was born near Oxford and brought up in the village of Broadchalke near Salisbury, England. He obtained a double first in English and Latin at Queens' College, Cambridge, and af ...more