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In my opinion this is a perfect book then Stoner Williams manages to make this so wonderfully believable that the reader has to force themselves to realise that they re not actually reading real, historical letters.It s a story full of characters who we think we know so well Julius and Octavian Caesar, Marc Anthony, Agrippa Yet each one appears fresh and real on the page, uncluttered by previous adaptation.This really is a joy to read It s worth reading along with I, Claudius for between the two of them Rome seems to come alive. Augustus A Novel Williams, John A Livres NotRetrouvez Augustus A Novel et des millions de livres en stock surAchetez neuf ou d occasionAugustus A Novel Williams, John Edward Livres NotRetrouvez Augustus A Novel et des millions de livres en stock surAchetez neuf ou d occasionAugustus A Novel Williams, John Livres At it s simplest, this novel depicts the life of Augustus Caesar as he ruthlessly and then brilliantly restores Rome to her former glories At a deeper level, the book deals with political intrigue at the highest level, every human relationship, the ultimate pitfalls of wealth and power and a perceptive overview of love Along the way, Williams incorporates the philosophy of the contemporaneous Roman poets TheAugustus a Novel Paperback Livres NotRetrouvez Augustus a Novel Paperback et des millions de livres en stock surAchetez neuf ou d occasion Augustus A Novel Vintage classics English EditionAt it s simplest, this novel depicts the life of Augustus Caesar as he ruthlessly and then brilliantly restores Rome to her former glories At a deeper level, the book deals with political intrigue at the highest level, every human relationship, the ultimate pitfalls of wealth and power and a perceptive overview of love Along the way, Williams incorporates the philosophy of the contemporaneous Roman poets TheAugustus A Novel Gunther Birkenfeld Livres NotRetrouvez Augustus A Novel et des millions de livres en stock surAchetez neuf ou d occasionCommentaires en ligne Augustus A Novel Dcouvrez des commentaires utiles de client et des classements de commentaires pour Augustus A Novel surLisez des commentaires honntes et non Augustus by John Williams Goodreads Augustus is an epistolary novel set in classical Rome This is written by John Williams, an author I havent 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 Augustus Williams novel WikipediaLivre Augustus A Novel Free Livre Gratuit En Francais Augustus A Novel, O Trouver Des Livres Numriques Gratuits Augustus A Novel, Site De Telechargement De Livre Au Augustus by John Williams is a unique and special book, on several levels First, it masterfully blends non fiction and fiction It is based on the factual historical events of the period, but it is embellished with fictional details that are generally consistent with the broader historical facts This approach brings the history to life, and I cannot say that I have seen this done very often or certainly not this well in other books Second, the format of telling the story through a collection of personal letters is very effective in making the people characters real Third, unlike many other books about Ancient Rome, there is coverage of not only the great military and political figures but also poets, soldiers, slaves, freedmen and others, which enables a deep understanding of life in the period that goes beyond understanding the great men of the period Fourth, it is a dramatic and beautiful story that is entertaining and enjoyable Finally, it is a joy to read if only to appreciate and enjoy Williams s superb writing The reflections by Augustus in the final part of the book are particularly poignant I read Augustus as a follow up to Stoner and with high expectations, and it exceeded my expectations. The life of Caesar Augustus is here told in the form of fictional letters, diaries, memoirs etc They are written mainly by Augustus supporters, by his opponents and by onlookers, so we can follow the story from all these different viewpoints I have to say it is not the easiest way of telling the story I found Robert Harris novels about roughly the same period readable.It is hard to keep up with all the family relationships in the book, which has no family trees Marriages and divorces were made entirely for diplomatic reasons, and some of the marriages were nigh incestuous two women in the story were married to half brothers.In Book I the young Octavius the future Augustus is shown to be cool and calculating after his uncle Julius Caesar had been assassinated, leaving him as his heir his enemies underestimated him We follow the complex maneuvers which brought him to power in Rome by the age of twenty It ends with the Battle of Actium, in which Octavius finally vanquished his last rivals, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra The form in which Williams tells the story with all its twists and turns is not much easier to follow than a straightforward narrative account would have been, and adds only a little colour to it, and the unexciting style is much the same, whoever is writing.Book II has much of a human touch and a greater variety of incidents Women like Augustus third wife Livia and his sister Octavia find a voice but above all we meet Julia, Augustus daughter, and we learn her story how her father had doted on her, saw that she had received an excellent education how she had become self willed and imperious how she had resented being forced by her father into a third diplomatic marriage, this time to a man she hated how she had taken lovers how she had became unwittingly, according to her wittingly, according to her father involved in a plot which was discovered There is some doubt among historians about this It had left Augustus no option but, with a breaking heart, to condemn her to a Spartan exile on the tiny barren island of Pandateria now Ventotene off Naples.So far we have not had any document written by Augustus himself but Book III in my opinion the finest part of the novel is a long letter started by him in 14 AD, just ten days before his death at the age of 75 His body is weakening and he knows he is near the end of his life, on which this letter now looks back in a philosophical manner It contains much wisdom While he records the peace and order he has given to the Roman Empire, he is keenly aware that nothing lasts for ever He reflects on the views he held of life in his youth as an epic adventure , in his middle age as a tragedy and in his old age as a comedy He muses beautifully about what it means to be a poet and about the poets he has known Virgil, Horace, Ovid He has interesting and unusual things to say about the various kinds of love erotic love, homosexual love, friendship, the disembodied love of ideas, and the love of a parent for a child, perhaps the purest form of this mystery and so, of course, he comes to speak of his daughter Julia and of the conflict within him of his love for Julia and his love of Rome. Deber a ser de obligada lectura para futuros ganadores del premio Planeta o bazofias similares. You may think you know the story of the first Roman Emperor, but this is a remarkably fresh and original take on the most successful Roman ruler, told via imagined letters and diaries This gives the broadly chronological story a compelling vividness and personal depth.Apart from Gaius Octavius Augustus and his political peers, the ostensible authors include Horace, Livy, Virgil and Ovid Octavius lived during and perhaps partly inspired the golden age of classical Latin literature But their insights are primarily psychological and humanist rather than historical or literary.For me, the most moving and interesting part was the memoirs of Octavius s daughter, Julia, exiled by her father to the small island of Pandataria Octavius himself remains elusive, despite a long and stoically melancholic letter at the end Mark Anthony and Livia are memorably but briefly brought to life Some of the many other characters are less successful.There are interesting parallels with Williams masterwork, Stoner both novels are about introverts whose marriages founder, because their wives turn out to be power obsessed to the exclusion of all else both male protagonists become estranged from their daughters, though maintaining an unspoken bond of love in both novels the hero s small circle of friends are drawn from early adulthood, but they do not share his depth of understanding of life and in both stories the central character slowly comes to transcend his deep disillusionment through a stoic acceptance of his lot.There is, of course, at least one major difference Stoner was a backwater, academic failure in the eyes of the world while Augustus was, arguably, the most successful political ruler in the history of Western civilisation, whose basic institutions including his Empire survived him by over 400 years.Both men struggle with power one from outside and one from inside ultimately conceding its utter futility in an unknown but nevertheless greater scheme of things There are hints that Stoner achieves a profounder sense of connectedness, due to his selflessness, than Augustus, who remains trapped in the atomised and separated consciousness of the world he has made.Do read this great novel Williams wears his immense learning lightly and tells a gripping story gracefully.