PompeiiCertain Thriller Writers Burst Upon The Scene With Considerable Impact Forsyth With The Day Of The Jackal, Cruz Smith With Gorky Park And Robert Harris With The Masterly Fatherland Interestingly, Of These Three Authors, By Far The Most Consistent Has Been Harris, And His New Novel, Pompeii Is In Some Ways His Most Audacious Offering Yet, A Brilliantly Orchestrated Thriller Cum Historical Recreation That Plays Outrageous Tricks With The Reader S Expectations As In The Equally Adroit Enigma, Harris Takes A Familiar Historical Event There, The Celebrated Code Breakers At Bletchley Park, Here The Volcanic Obliteration Of An Italian City In AD79 And Seamlessly Weaves A Characteristically Labyrinthine Plot In And Around The Existing Facts But That S Not All He Does Here Few Novelists Who Unlike Harris Make A Speciality Of Ancient History For Their Setting Pull Off The Sense Of Period Quite As Impressively As The Author Does Here As The Famous Catastrophe Approaches, We Are Pleasurably Immersed In The Sights, Sounds And Smells Of The Ancient World, Each Detail Conjured With Jaw Dropping Verisimilitude Harris S Protagonist Is The Engineer Marcus Attilius, Placed In Charge Of The Massive Aqueduct That Services The Teeming Masses Living In And Around The Bay Of Naples Despite The Pride He Takes In His Job, Marcus Has Pressing Concerns His Predecessor In The Job Has Mysteriously Vanished, And Another Task Is Handed To Marcus By The Scholar Pliny He Is To Undertake Crucial Repairs To The Aqueduct Near Pompeii, The City In The Shadow Of The Restless Mount Vesuvius And As Marcus Faces Several Problems All Life Threatening An Event Approaches That Will Make All His Concerns Seem Petty Other Writers Have Placed Narratives In The Shadow Of This Most Famous Of Volcanic Cataclysms, But Harris Triumphantly Ensures That His Characters Individual Dramas Are Not Dwarfed By Implacable Nature Marcus Is A Vividly Drawn Hero Complex, Conflicted And A Canny Synthesis Of Modern And Ancient Mindsets Some May Wish That Harris Might Return To Something Closer To Our Time In His Next Novel, But Few Who Take This Trip Into A Dangerous Past Will Be Able To Resist Harris S Spellbinding Historical Saga Barry Forshaw Attilius s occupation is an aquarius in the Roman Empire, a job description that nowadays would be director of waterworks operations and maintenance for the southern district of Italy As the earth beings to swell and shake in ominous warning in advance of the tragedy that is to come, the main aqueduct cracks and fails and Attilius is sent out to repair it So this is a historical novel and we learn of life in the Roman Empire around AD 79 at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius Here are masters and slaves, filthy rich and beggars We get a little romance as Attilius meets the lovely daughter of a viscous, cunning landlord who used to be a slave himself We learn a lot about Roman culture meals, daily life, transportation technology, ships, soldiers, relations between men and women, political and financial corruption, and the unique
This is the story of a latter day Super Mario, an Italian plumber who overcomes very difficult challenges to fix the water supply to Napoli and surrounding areas before the local volcano erupts to ruin everything for everybody OK, I admit that I am grossly trivialising a tremendous story, which is really about Marcus Attilius Primus, the aquarius, or chief water engineer, who is sent to the Bay of Naples to manage the water supply to all of the towns in the area The main artery of the supply is the aqueduct, Aqua Augusta, which Attilius s grandfather may have had a hand in building under the supervision of the great Agrippa Water engineering has been the career path of Atillius s family back through at least four generations.From the off, Attilius is up against it His predecessor disappeared mysteriously, and neither his team of engineers and slaves nor those masters who govern Naples and the surrounding area, are inclined to trust the new aquarius The first chapter opens with the horrendous execution of a slave who has been held responsible for the deaths of one of the local lord s prize fish The lord s daughter, accompanied by the unfortunate slave s mother,
I have been a bit fascinated with the idea of Pompeii since I was a girl and the National Geographic ran photos of the people frozen in mid flight trying to escape the horrors of the eruption of Vesuvius Robert Harris has visited Pompeii through the story of Attilius, the engineer in charge of the aqueduct that served the area Before the eruption, before the horror, there is a problem with the flow of the water Attilius seeks to repair the breach in the aqueduct and this leads him to be in Pompeii at exactly the wrong time.I did enjoy reading the story There was the tension of knowing what was to come and the wish to see Attilius survive the inevitable I can imagine that much of what people felt and the reactions that came too late were exactly as Harris depicted However, I could never become truly invested in his characters and I therefore felt very litt
It should be a Two For One A suspense novel to take to the beach and some insight into life in the Roman Empire and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius And maybe a small tutorial in primitive plumbing Unfortunately, it turns into an 0 For One.The plot is serviceable Marcus Attilius Primus is an engineer newly in charge of the section of aqueduct that services Pompeii He investigates the mysterious failure of the water supply and along the way, discovers that his predecessor was corrupt He falls in love and is stalked by bad guys who want to shut him off permanently Meanwhile, Vesuvius prepares to make it all moot.But the characters are caricatures The hero is REALLY, REALLY NOBLE, the villain is AWFULLY, AWFULLY EVIL, and the love interest is darned good looking Life in the Empire is simi
Geology meets Volcanology meets All Round Mr Nice Guy.Having read Imperium by Robert Harris few short months ago I found that I quite enjoyed his uncomplicated writing style I in no way mean unsophisticated or simplistic, for he is an author who can comfortably shoulder the mantle of an old fashioned storyteller Many authors try to be story tellers, but they over write or have not the skill and under write, or get caught up in too many tangents, thinking that everything they do has to be with the single intent of delivering the next great International Epic Bestseller Pompeii certainly became an International Bestseller, but it was not really an epic It was a story of a man an Aquarius and was melded with a intriguing blend of geology, volcanology and precise Roman history Very well done, in my opinion, but no epic.I do not know if the geological and volcanological elements would put others off, whether others may prefer a story about people only, but I happened to find them extraordinarily fascinating I have a feeling the book was not what some may expect Where you may have expected a Wilbur Smith type epic multiple characters and their lives in the lead up to th
. 79 17 BBC Pompeii The Last Day Pompeii 1827 .. The waters have stopped flowing from the aquedect who you gonna call Dambusters The water engineer heads out amid widespread corruption in Pompeii, thwarts a murder plot, finds out what happened to his predecessor, falls in love, and investigates the ominous rumbling from the nearby Vesuvius Sounds good no Harris is good at building up the air of menace in the days preceding the eruption Every action can be looked at as minor compared to the devastation coming and he really does a great job of creating an atmosphere of anticipation in the reader He s also done a great job at recreating the feel of living in Roman times, as well as supplying a lot of information on Roman aqueducts giving you a sense of awe and genius for the Roman Empire Where he falls down though is in the characterisation Attilius, the engineer, is the hero He s a stoic, good looking gent who sends his pay home to his mother and sister in Rome He doesn t take bribes, he s hardworking, and is disliked for his strict attention to detail all for the good of Rome naturally He s so perfect in fact that he s boring But he s not alone A equally dreary love interest is introduced who meets the engineer no than 3 times briefly but over the course of those 3 encounters the reader is supposed t
This book was just okay for me I liked the historical side of this I have always found this story kind of sadly fascinating I just didn t find that in this book This wasn t particularly character driven There was a problem with the water plaguing the area and it focused mainly on that without giving depth to
Pompeii demolished in the world s most famous volcanic eruption in A.D 79 killing thousands at the apex of the Roman Empire, ironically the people never knew Mount Vesuvius was that a volcano understandable since the previous significant one occurred 1,800 years before, no town existed, and the name unknown to them since the word hadn t been invented yet, but soon would lets say by borrowing from the Roman god of fire Vulcan Our story unfolds when a young man of 27, Marcus Attilius Primus arrives in the prosperous resort city, the kind that if you have money they like you, he has an important job here, as an aquarius the chief engineer of Aqua Augusta a huge aqueduct which supplies 250,000 inhabitants with life giving water around the Bay of Naples His predecessor Exomnius vanished, where is he Wasn t he from the Mount Etna area This mystery puzzles everyone, however life continues and Rome quickly sends a replacement because prominent officials have villas there such as powerful Senators, a bright honest individual this will cause Marcus many problems the era is shall we say a little corrupt Pompeii is ruled by a wealthy businessman Numerius Popidius Ampliatus a former slave, a man of courage though cruel after an earthquake flattens the city , prospered maybe unethically nonetheless the houses were rebuilt
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