Of course, Cyrus Spitama speaks with a very modern, ironic voice supplied to him by Gore Vidal--and the political intrigues in which Cyrus finds himself immersed are likewise familiar territory for fans of Vidal's historical fiction. But the narrator's delightfully wicked observations are the icing on a narrative of truly epic scope--out of his desire to understand the origins of the world, Cyrus undertakes journeys to India, where he encounters disciples of the Buddha, and China, where he engages Confucius in philosophical conversation while the great sage fishes by the riverside. Creation offers insights into classical history laced with scintillating wit and narrative brio. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read.
Having read it many years ago, I bought this book as a gift fora friend in the hospital... Just for fun, I opened it up to peruse it a bit.
Among the great ancient religions (Christianity and Judaism are not included) the reader is left to forge his or her own conclusion.
This is historical novel and we see places and people through the eyes of a fictionalized character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Avinesh
These days a lot of praise, admiration, and money is heaped upon authors who create alternate worlds—J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, J. K. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karl Janssen
Vidal truly outdid himself in this one. The idea is ingenious, to take all this amazing people from the 5th Century BC and put them all in one place with Cyrus Spitama, a cynical... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D Fisher
Great fun seeing history personalized. This is my first reading of Vidal, and I want to read more.Published 5 months ago by Douglas W. McKay
The. Most beautiful novel I have ever read! Another masterpiece by Gore Vidal, witty, funny, interesting, and educational. This is a must read!!!!Published 7 months ago by Alba Irooni
While reading, individual little phrases or sentences delight as literary jewels. Details of daily life are painted to cause an animated comprehension.Published 9 months ago by James M. Hall, III
This is Gore Vidal's romp through fifth century Asia and is a fun way to learn about Zoriastorism, Buddhism, Confucision, etc from a Persian's point of view. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thalia Johnson