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Daughters of Rome Copertina flessibile – 1 agosto 2011
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This sweeping, powerful epic tells the story of one of the bloodiest years in Rome's history through the eyes of two remarkable women fighting for survival.
A.D. 69. The Roman Empire is up for the taking. The Year of the Four Emperors will change everything - especially the lives of two sisters with a very personal stake in the outcome. Elegant and ambitious, Cornelia embodies the essence of the perfect Roman wife. She lives to one day see her loyal husband as Emperor. Her sister Marcella is more aloof, content to witness history rather than make it. But when a bloody coup turns their world upside down, both women must manoeuvre carefully just to stay alive. As Cornelia tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams, Marcella discovers a hidden talent for influencing the most powerful men in Rome. In the end, though, there can only be one Emperor...and one Empress.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS comes a powerful Roman epic, perfect for those who loved the HBO mini-series ROME.
Readers LOVE Kate Quinn:
'One of my absolute all-time favourite books ever!! Read it four times now and I still can't get enough of it.' ***** Reader Review
'I would recommend it to anyone.' ***** Reader Review
'One of my favourites!!! I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Roman history.' ***** Reader Review
'Wow! What a book! This is the best book I have read for a really long time. I couldn't put it down. WOW WOW WOW!!' ***** Reader Review
'A spellbinding novel that gripped me from the start and I really can't wait to read the sequel.' ***** Reader Review
'I love reading novels set in Roman times and this was certainly one of the best I have read in a very long time.' ***** Reader Review
Descrizione del libro
A prequel to the bestselling MISTRESS OF ROME, Kate Quinn's gripping new novel chronicles the extraordinary Year of the Four Emperors, when the streets of Rome ran with blood
- Editore : Headline (1 agosto 2011)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina flessibile : 416 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0755381025
- ISBN-13 : 978-0755381029
- Peso articolo : 280 g
- Dimensioni : 12.8 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
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But what makes this book stand out is the characters.
The complexity of the character's in Daughters of Rome was really great. In the author's earlier book Mistress of Rome, in spite of the male narrators being convincingly flawed and thoroughly likable anyway, female main characters could feel a bit black and white. Who's ever met anyone quite as egocentric, uncaring and incapable of feeling others pain as Lepida?Particularly with her apparently lucky life circumstances and happy life before the book.
In this book, on the other hand, the main characters Cornelia, Marcella and Lollia are all vividly drawn ,thoroughly believable and never annoying.Supporting characters are mostly the same and Galba, Otho and Vitellius, the first three emperors of the year are all portrayed originally enough to make them interesting. And whilst they might fit the "four devoted sisters" prototype(in spite of not all being sisters) the main character's relationships with each other are not idealised. They frequently have rather nasty, judgemental thoughts about each other.Most impotantly, the ending is NOT what you would expect of that type of book. In fact, I really recommend you don't read this before you do Mistress of Rome because without knowing what happens in that book, the ending to this will not make you happy.
One of the best things about Daughters of Rome was that when one of the characters does something that makes you dislike her you actuaully understand why-it all makes sense in terms of the values she was raised with or something unsatisfactory in her life. This is particularly true for Marcella-I thought the author did a very good job of explaining why she ends up acting in something of a villain role.
In spite of all this,there were still some things I didn't like about this book. First, i agree with other reviews that Diana was a bit of a letdown compared to the other three narrators. I would say the book would do better without her except that she is very important to the "Marcella" plotline, both in terms of Marcella's development and changes and to her eventual conclusion , though in a way that makes me sympathise with Marcella even when I don't think I'm supposed to. Lyn ap Caradoc, the major character in the "Diana" plotline, was rather too similar to Arius in Mistress of Rome in lifestory, if not in personality.
and then there was the role of Domitian in this book. Don't get me wrong, his early character here is fascinating and the scenes in which he appars are some of the best, although I'm not sure how they'd read to someone who hdn't read the first book. It's just that I'd been hoping we'd find out more about his relationships with his father and brother which if you read Suetonius, are really intersting and there was very little on this. You can actually find out more about his older brother Titus by reading Mistress of Rome than this one. Domitian's father Emperor Vespasian was a "wit" who used most of his jokes to make fun of Domitian in public, but here he is portrayed mostly positively. In the end, there isn't much choice from this book other than to say Domitian must be "naturally evil", since there is no explanation for his twisted behaviour and I always think that makes the least intersting baddies.
But I still think that Daughters of Rome is the one of the most intersting historical fiction books you're ever likely to read.
I read this book first of the three, and for me the other two books (Mistress of Rome and Empress of Rome) are a cut above. I couldn't put those two down and would love a fourth one to appear. Personally, I'd recommend reading this one first as it sets the scene for the others and some of the characters reappear later.
Kate Quinn's first book was great and this one is a good tale but wasn't a patch on the first.
If you enjoy historical fiction, and this is definitely fiction, give this a go it's a good holiday read to get you through a week by the beach.
I enjoyed it and I think if you're not the kind of person who moans about the lack of accuracy in historical FICTION (I'd like to mention I'm a classics student) you will too.