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Rufius

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  16 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In 4th century Alexandria, a poor orphan learns to scribe. Meanwhile Rufius, a rich Roman, tends the books in his care and yearns for the youth on the streets. It's a time of rampant bishops, mad heretics, and a city so ruled by passion it is set to consume itself along with the world's greatest library. As the poor boy and the rich Roman unite, hell almost literally break ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 4th 2016 by Barbican Press
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D.D. Johnston
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rufius the Cinaedus is a swashbuckling adventure, a bildungsroman, a historical treatise, and a queer love story all rolled into one. As is the case in so many great historical novels, in Rufius, Walton imbricates the human story with the socio-historical story: history is made from our lives, but our lives are made from history. Rufius is an expertly-told historical adventure but also a grand tale about how the world became the way it is – in that regard it reminds me of books such as Luther Bl ...more
MyzanM
Interesting.
At least out of a historical point of view.
This story is set during a time and in a place I know little about, which was a plus for me. I would have wanted more explanations of some of the things that happened and that were sort of glossed over.

The characters were well written even if they were a bit of a cliché. What I didn't like was that Aesos was so young. I know 15 wasn't as young historically speaking as it is today, but it still wigged me out. Even if I have to admit he didn
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Jule
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3,5
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Much like "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller, this novel connected historical novel and LGBTQA. Both books also managed to invite the reader into a world we otherwise hardly get to read about, in this case 4th century Alexandria. This is a relatively unknown, and therefore unusual world, with lots of interesting dynamics. For example the position of Christianity, or the acceptance of homosexua
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willowdog
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
In the Fourth Century, a gay man takes over the library in Alexandria and uses his position of power to take revenge on the leaders that sent him there, and take advantage on the gay, bisexual, homeless youths of the city.
Colin Sargent
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rufius belongs on the same shelf as Memoirs of Hadrian. You'll remember it as the funny one.
It's a stunning reading experience. Right out the gate, you start laughing. The story and characters are so bold and three-dimensional, it feels as if you've walked inside a movie that's playing around you. Even more rare, the setting is Alexandria, 379 A.D. Every single moment keeps you on edge, with the great fire looming.
Rufius really shines when confronted by administrative obstacles as he assume
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Ki Brightly
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I'm not going to do a large review for this book. I didn't finish it. I felt like I was slogging through what I did read of it and there was so much squicky, underage sex that I didn't want to. I feel that the majority of the book was done well I was just very off put by certain elements and it wasn't the type of read I thought it was going to be.
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Sarah Walton was born in 70s London. In the 80s she partied. In the 90s she partied harder, studied literature in France and Spain, founded a dot.com and went to Silicon Valley. A bump on the head wiped out a few years. Sarah advises governments and businesses on digital. She's also been a Creative Writing tutor at the University of Hull, club VJ, designer, dancer, programmer and the worst waitres ...more
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