Pompeii by robert harris

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.

The world will long forget the fictional activities of Attilius, Ampliatus, and Corelia, while the spectacle of Vesuvius will hold fast.

From the Hardcover edition. With aid from Pliny the Elderwhose fleet is docked at Misenum, Attilius assembles an expedition to travel to Pompeii, the closest town still being supplied with water, and then on to the blocked section of the Aqua Augusta.

But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work—both natural and man-made—threatening to destroy him. A few sympathetic souls would have to be sacrificed to dramatize just how horrible it all was.

The air was rank with the sweat and breath of two hundred sailors. And there was a scene or two that seemed inserted to make the book longer as those scenes kind of tripped up the urgent momentum of the book during the eruption.

In the towns, at the base of the volcano, on the water, in the Bay. Though Ampliatus tries to persuade Attilius to fill in Exomnius's role, he refuses. Buy Pompeii at Amazon. Attilius also discovers that Exomnius was investigating the phenomena around Vesuvius, having recognized some of them from his hometown of Catania after an eruption of Mount Etna.

Is his disappearance linked to the aqueduct's problems. Ampliatus feeds the slave he deems responsible for the fish's death, to eels for his own amusement.

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Comparison with the United States[ edit ] The novel's motto combines two quotes, from Tom Wolfe 's Hooking Up and from the Natural History of Pliny the Elder who, as noted, is a central character in the book itselfwith both writers speaking in nearly identical terms of the preeminence of, respectively, the present United States and the Roman Empire, over the rest of the world.

There are no deep hidden truths of humanity illuminated within this story. There are no deep hidden truths of humanity illuminated within this story. But I had to give the book 5 stars. There was no purpose to any activity, since they had no idea of the direction in which they were pointing.

Attilius also discovers that Exomnius was investigating the phenomena around Vesuvius, having recognized some of them from his hometown of Catania after an eruption of Mount Etna.

Except, perhaps, for our hero, struggling to overcome his own past failures, who realizes too late that the scientist is right, and then through heroic deeds and feats of strength, leads many to safety. Throughout the story he gives the history and engineering details of the Roman aqueducts that allowed their modern civilization to flourish.

This includes the engagement of Corelia to one of the aediles, a marriage neither of them wants. Readers who have followed Harris on the wide page as well as the narrow one may regret that some of the irony and humour of his columns is missing from the novels, but this is presumably because the latter are written for a broader, international audience.

Vesuvius will have a massive eruption the next day. The world will long forget the fictional activities of Attilius, Ampliatus, and Corelia, while the spectacle of Vesuvius will hold fast.

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The final pages are terrific, as good as anything Harris has done; and the last, teasing paragraph, done with the lightest of touches, is masterly. In a story where the ending, for the most part, is known, Robert Harris has also constructed a suspenseful novel that moves quickly.

They stayed and the mountain exploded. Run for your lives. And there was a scene or two that seemed inserted to make the book longer as those scenes kind of tripped up the urgent momentum of the book during the eruption. The plot moves on two levels, the personal and the cataclysmic. Since The Usual Suspectsnovels and movies have become obsessed with the trick ending: Plot summary[ edit ] Marcus Attilius Primus arrives in the Bay of Naples from Rome to take charge as aquarius hydraulic engineer of the Aqua Augustathe aqueduct that supplies water to the towns in the region encompassing the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

They are barely noticeable, but he decides to start timing their duration. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples.

It even makes Roman water-management sexy. The ship was rocking violently but none of the oars was moving. 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/5.

Pompeii is a novel which, one would imagine, comes with a huge handicap: every reader knows what's going to happen. The challenge, then, is to present and tell the story and the inevitable outcome -- with all those doomed characters!

-- in a sufficiently gripping manner; Harris manages quite well.

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Robert Harris Book on Pompeii is historical and a good book to read. The book started off with a bang and encouraged me to keep reading on about the aqua Augusta.

Pompeii by Robert Harris

The aqua Augusta is the main source of water for all the eight villages are surviving on this water supply/5().

ROBERT HARRIS is the author of eleven novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, Dictator, and Conclave. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer.

ROBERT HARRIS is the author of eleven novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, Dictator, and Conclave. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer.

Pompeii by Robert Harris pp, Hutchinson, £ The ability to disguise the outcome is held to be a vital part of the thriller writer's art. Robert Harris, though, has built a major career in.

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