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Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
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Jul 03, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: top-20, 5q
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 1993

This is an unlikely candidate to be on my all-time list of the 5 best books I've ever read. But it is. An "autobiographical" account of a long-dead Roman emperor (not even one of the glamorous, or truly filthy ones), written by a 20th century Frenchwoman - who'd have thunk it?

And yet, I beg, I implore you - if you haven't already - buy, steal, or scrounge a copy of this book. It will draw you in. Can't promise it will change your life. All I know is that I find myself re-reading it every two or three years. Why? Because each time I learn something more about what it is to be human. A sodden cliché, but I don't know how else to put it.
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