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Augustus A brilliant and beautifully written novel in the tradition of Robert Graves Augustus is a sweeping narrative that brings vividly to life a compelling cast of historical figures through their letters

  • Title: Augustus
  • Author: JohnWilliams
  • ISBN: 9781400076734
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Augustus By JohnWilliams, A brilliant and beautifully written novel in the tradition of Robert Graves, Augustus is a sweeping narrative that brings vividly to life a compelling cast of historical figures through their letters, dispatches, and memoirs.A mere eighteen years of age when his uncle, Julius Caesar, is murdered, Octavius Caesar prematurely inherits rule of the Roman Republic Surrounded bA brilliant and beautifully written novel in the tradition of Robert Graves, Augustus is a sweeping narrative that brings vividly to life a compelling cast of historical figures through their letters, dispatches, and memoirs.A mere eighteen years of age when his uncle, Julius Caesar, is murdered, Octavius Caesar prematurely inherits rule of the Roman Republic Surrounded by men who are jockeying for power Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, and Mark Antony young Octavius must work against the powerful Roman political machinations to claim his destiny as first Roman emperor Sprung from meticulous research and the pen of a true poet, Augustus tells the story of one man s dream to liberate a corrupt Rome from the fancy of the capriciously crooked and the wildly wealthy.

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    1. How to describe this painstakingly detailed, compellingly readable, simply complex, fictionalised biography, that explores the high price of duty, and is set in ancient times but is painfully relevant in 2017 Not like that.There are myriad perspectives it s like viewing the ancient world through a kaleidoscope or the facets of a gemstone Or maybe it s like a hall of mirrors and windows, where you re barely sure which is which and what distortions there may be Versailles, perhaps another palace [...]

    2. This is than a lush recreation of the nuanced menace of diplomatic skirmishing and Machiavellian intrigue, public guilelessness and carnage that gave birth to the Roman Empire under the ruling of its first Emperor.This is than a walk through the path of history because it takes unusual detours of borrowed memories penned by secondary historical figures that surrounded Octavius Caesar Augustus.Delivered in a non chronological letters that carry moments of high pathos spanning over sixty years, [...]

    3. And yet a third perfect book by this inimitable author who was working at the very height of his powers I now know that I will never again come across a book such as this I actually didn t want to finish it as I felt that I had to continue in this enthralling dream What disturbs me, however, is the downside that when one has loved something someone so much, those following, well to my mind anyway, will only be substitutes which in itself is rather a sad state of affairs.As I read this book I was [...]

    4. One does not deceive oneself about the consequences of one s acts one deceives oneself about the ease with which one can live with those consequences John Williams, AugustusJohn Williams read some Robert Graves and said, Yeah, I got this Roman I can do this I m trying to think of equivalent historical fiction that orbits the same level of prose mastery Norman Mailer, Robert Graves, Hilary Mantel, E L Doctorow and a few others belong on this very short list There are some writers like Pynchon, et [...]

    5. I ve never been particularly interested in political novels or had any great fascination with ancient Rome, but this beautifully written novel held me transfixed nonetheless It s a clich to say it brings history alive, but it does indeed bring history alive Told in epistolary form as a compendium of letters and journal entries by characters both integral and incidental, we get to know Octavius Caesar the August from the perspective of those who love him and of those who despise him, but we don t [...]

    6. John Williams three novels are distinctly different from each other Often, if you like one book by a specific author, it s safe to assume that if you pick up another, you will be served something similar in topic, tone or language But each of Williams novels are without compromise true to their own, unique concept.So is the case with Augustus While Stoner is mostly a campus novel and Butcher s Crossing a western, Augustus is an epistolary novel on the rise and reign of Gaius Octavius, known as E [...]

    7. Good historical fiction is some of the best fiction this book didn t disappoint Fans of Williams Stoner and Butcher s Crossing will find plenty to love the author s recognizable compact writing style and rich imagery are on display throughout this book.A reader isn t required to have a vast knowledge of Roman history between 50 BC and 50 AD, but it certainly helps Reading this book shortly after finishing Appian s Civil Wars was the right decision for me Williams particular talent allows him to [...]

    8. It is fortunate that youth never recognizes its ignorance, for if it did it would not find the courage to get the habit of endurance It is perhaps an instinct of the blood and flesh which prevents this knowledge and allows the boy to become the man who will live to see the folly of his existence Augustus by John Williams retells the history of Gaius Octavius Thurinus, a young Roman nobleman who was the named heir of Julius Caesar Stepping into a world of assassination, corruption and war, we rea [...]

    9. John Williams only wrote three books once he became a mature writer his first he disowned and they re all excellent Unfortunately, this book is the last of the three I ve read There s a peculiar sadness when you finish the last book by one of your favorite deceased authors, the usual morose feeling of leaving a world only compounded by the knowledge you ll never again hear that voice for the first time Kind of a bummer.The first surprise of this book was John Williams ratcheting up the difficult [...]

    10. I decided upon giving Williams epistolary fiction a four star rating, because the elegant writing which adheres to the classical form that it emulates to an impressive degree is a pleasure to behold, and does an admirable job of situating a handful of important personages mostly friends, family, or rivals of the titular empire founder within the confines of the principal themes that the author wished to explore the alienating and intoxicating aspects of power, whether in the arena of the politic [...]

    11. Passione e poesia Meraviglioso struggente ritratto di Augusto, l imperatore e l uomo Insolita la tecnica narrativa, ovvero una sorta di collazione delle fonti scritte, in questo caso interamente rimaneggiate o inventate lettere, documenti, pagine di diario, che, oltre a scandire le varie tappe della carriera politica e della vita privata di Ottaviano, calano il lettore nel clima politico e culturale dell epoca, dall uccisione di Giulio Cesare nel 44 a.C fino al 14 d.C anno della morte di Augusto [...]

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    13. I BARBARI ASPETTANODalle note d autore Alcuni errori di fatto, in questo libro, sono voluti Ho modificato l ordine di numerosi avvenimenti Ho inventato l dove i dati storici sono incerti o incompleti E ho creato alcuni personaggi cui la Storia non fa cenno Tranne poche eccezioni, i documenti che formano questo romanzo sono inventati Ma se in questo lavoro sono presenti delle verit , sono le verit della narrativa pi che della Storia Sar grato a quei lettori che lo accoglieranno per quello che vuo [...]

    14. While I enjoyed this book, I probably should have read it rather than listening to the audiobook, which was difficult to follow at times The story was told in the form of letters and journal entries, and out of chronological order It was hard telling exactly where you were in the life of Augustus without being able to refer back to the headings of the chapters, which gave the date and the name of the character who was writing I m not sure I would have been able to follow it at all if I hadn t al [...]

    15. Some men rise some men fall It is the wheel of fortune that has haunted human existence for millenia Some in great measure, others in barely palpable shifts of misery I am not a classicist I ve always preferred the Greek to the Romans, defending its authentic nature compared to the me too brutishness of the legacy that followed Leave it to Williams to strip me of my right to label and once again hammer home the universality of human existence from mortal god to political upstart or mulemongerer [...]

    16. This book is an epistolary which means that it is written entirely in letters The focal point of these letters is Augustus and how he came to power in ancient Rome It starts with the murder of Julius C sar in the Senate, and it follows Augustus as he grows up and becomes one of the biggest emperors of Rome I was very excited about this story, but admittedly I was also very sceptical about it being told through letters However, I quickly realized that this narrative style appealed to me a lot bec [...]

    17. Zoals bekend is de totaal vergeten John Williams sinds een paar jaar geleden weer helemaal hot vanwege Stoner , een boek dat ikzelf ook heel erg heb bejubeld Een tijdje later kwam Butcher s Crossing opnieuw uit, een boek dat ik zelf duidelijk minder vond dan Stoner , maar toch heel goed Toen Augustus onlangs in nieuwe vertaling uitkwam was ik dus wel heel benieuwd het is het enige boek van Williams dat ooit een vette prijs won de prestigieuze National Book Award , maar zou ik het zelf ook mooi v [...]

    18. Un libro pregevole, sebbene non all altezza di Stoner, per quel che mi riguarda Qualcuno ha osservato che Augustus non abbastanza romanzo e non neppure abbastanza vera storia e, forse, non ha tutti i torti Anzi, togliamo pure il forse Probabilmente proprio questo fatto che me l ha fatto apprezzare un po meno rispetto al primo Oltre che una maggior freddezza espressiva, sia pur necessaria alla materia trattata e alla modalit letteraria scelta per elaborarla, ossia quella epistolare e di stralci d [...]

    19. Mi sono avvicinato a questo libro con sentimenti contrastanti la fiducia nel consiglio di un amica colta e sensibile la leggera, ma insopprimibile, diffidenza verso gli scrittori del Nuovo Mondo che si cimentino con una Storia che non scorre nel loro DNA Ebbene la fiducia era ben riposta il pre giudizio poggiava su un assunto impreciso Augustus un bellissimo libro.Williams scrive bene, questa la prima annotazione la sua scrittura invita, persuade E da l si parte sempre, o almeno io parto sempre [...]

    20. Un roman atipic, de vreme ce John Williams creatorul nnebunitorului Stoner a reu it s scrie biografia roman at a lui Octavianus Augustus exclusiv din scrisori, fragmente de jurnal, relat ri scrise toate sau aproape toate inventate ale celor care au tr it n perioada de la grani a dintre vechea i noua er.O realizare complicat de reinventare a istoriei, dar foarte bine pus n pagin , cu personaje puternice i bine conturate n prim plan, desigur Augustus un om care a ncercat i a reu it s readuc gloria [...]

    21. Mike Duncan makes Octavian sound like a spoiled little asshat with a cruel streak, but he was ultimately successful in creating a stable bureaucracy and outliving most of his descendants, despite his constant illnesses I could get into what makes the Princeps tick Although this cover is pretty creepy I wonder, if he saw me, would he recognize what he has become Would he recognize the caricature that all men become of themselves I do not believe that he would.This is a gorgeously written, contemp [...]

    22. Do you see what I mean, my dear Strabo There is so much that is not said I almost believe that the form has not been devised that will let me say what I need to say Letter Nicolaus of Damascus to Strabo of Amasia, 18 B.C Augustus is a work of fictional biography, told through imagined letters, diaries, poems, etc written by a wide range of historical figures, and by stating and then restating known events through these various points of view over forty years or so, author John Williams captures [...]

    23. Augustus is an epistolary novel set in classical Rome This is written by John Williams, an author I haven t read before Many favourable reviews of Stoner which came into my way lately made me very curious about Williams work He seems to have written only great novels Not many though, but it says that all can be placed on the great American novel bookshelf So when I saw Augustus at my library, I knew the time was right.In Augustus Williams tells the story of the founder of the Roman Empire Using [...]

    24. Op aanraden van een vriendin ontleende ik dit boek uit de bibliotheek, zonder l te hoge verwachtingen van John Williams wordt immers niet beweerd dat hij hapklare romans schrijft Maar het onderwerp het oude Rome onder keizer Augustus d t sprak mij dan weer wel aan.Het boek start bij de moord op Iulius Caesar, de oom en adoptievader van Octavius In het eerste deel volgen we Octavius en zijn vrienden bij hun terugkeer naar Rome en de strijd tegen Marcus Antonius, met een focus op de brieven van Ma [...]

    25. I was lucky that my library carries this out of print book Unfortunately, reading with the group were a lonely experienced since only a few people were able to get their hands on this rare gem.Now, on to the review.The first thing that hit me when I received the book was, how terrible looking the cover is It was the one with the aged bronze statue of Augustus It was so off putting that I had to cover the book with brown paper to finally able to start my reading and people said don t judge the bo [...]

    26. Verrassend leesbaar Net als bij Stoner enorm doeltreffend Mijn kennis van de romeinen is eerder beperkt maar dat was niet echt een probleem Wat opzoekwerk maakte me nieuwsgierig naar bijvoorbeeld de boeken van Robert Harris over Cicero.Prachtige geschiedenis Machtige personages Mij deed het denken aan Pieter Daens van Lp Boon De brieven, de verslagen de sfeer alsof je erbij bent Toegankelijk en zelfs 1000den jaren later nog relevant Of het nu de sociale strijd was in Aalst of de strijd om macht [...]

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