This book was captivating, beautifully written and imaginative.
Any assumptions about the superiority of the culture of Rome above that of these simple barbarians is questioned as the story unveils.
The catalyst for much of the effort to learn is a "creature" that also is present among Ovid and his neighbors.
A well written, beautifully imagined and created exploration of the concept of EXILE or the claiming of 'somewhere else' as the starting point or finishing point of one's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cornelia(CONNIE) MacErlean author of "Baggage"
An extraordinary work of imagination and creativity from this great Australian writer. The legendary Abruzzi poet Ovid exiled in an obscure village by the Black Sea encounters a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Naimad Enossalab
This is one of my favourite books of all time. It is so evocative and beautifully written. One of Australia's greatest novels.Published 18 months ago by Jane Nightshade
This poetic short novel is extremely moving for Malouf uses the language of perception, sensation and intuition to great effect. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by C. B Collins Jr.
I have found that this book is actually a prose peom that has links with his peotry. BTW, this is much better than Johnno.Published on June 3, 2011 by Pen Name and That A
This book was captivating, beautifully written and imaginative. It altered my thinking. This is the best short novel I have read and I love to read. Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by Mark Buckley
I have to disagree with the complimentary reviews here. Malouf's poetic dreamscape has little or nothing to do with the poet Ovid. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Mary M.
In 8 CE, the Latin poet Ovid was banished to Tomis on the Black Sea (the present-day Constanta in Romania) where he lived out the remainder of his life -- a life that David Malouf... Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Roger Brunyate
David Malouf's amazing little 154-page masterpiece, "An Imaginary Life" raises important, thoughtful and beautiful questions about what it means to be a civilized human being. Read morePublished on March 17, 2010 by David Island