- Library Binding: 2 pages
- Publisher: Classic Books (1834)
- ISBN-10: 0742633160
- ISBN-13: 978-0742633162
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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The Last Days of Pompeii (The Works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton (19 Volumes))
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Bulwer-Lytton was one of the most popular fiction writers in the 19th century (and his reputation has really only waned in the last 60 years or so). Our ancestors weren't naive dupes; they rightly recognized that there was something exceptional about Last Days. If the book is now out of fashion, it nevertheless remains a fascinating read.
Briefly, the story concerns four people in Pompeii in the period leading up to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried the city in ash in AD 79. They are Glaucus, a Greek-born, rich young man who is a bit of a rake (he gambles on the gladiatorial games) but fundamentally decent; Ione, his lover (in the author's words, "The wealth of her graces was inexhaustible -- she beautified the commonest action; a word, a look from her, seemed magic. Love her, and you entered into a new world, you passed from this trite and common-place earth"); Nydia, a blind slave girl passionately and uselessly in love with Glaucus; and Arbaces, a brilliantly malevolent high priest of the cult of Isis.
The reader, too, passes out of "this trite and common-place earth" in the book's pages. The style is of another time, to be sure, one that is unashamedly colorful and romantic.Read more ›
The plot revolves around the constant intrigues of the characters, which include magic love-potions, betrayals and heroism. But at the back of the action, there is a volcano about to explode and leave this town covered by tons of dust and volcanic rock. The characters are planning their lives and lusting for passion, without knowing that they have no future. Like some of us, maybe.
Summing up, this novel is great entertainment, intelligent fun. The best, in my opinion, is the re-creation of a lost world, a city full of color and passion, living in full while Destiny works its own way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just watched the 1984 miniseries barely an hour ago, and finished the novel two weeks ago. The novel is very well written, and while some may have a problem with the 'archaic'... Read morePublished 6 months ago by HAMLET
The book arrived in perfect constitional and was packaged well. I'm not going to address the story because it is a classic.Published 15 months ago by Matt
I have read this book before, but not for years. Colorful and vibrant descriptive writing, typical of some of the best 19'th Century work. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hedda Matheson
I collect books by the Heritage Press and was eager to add this book to my collection. "The Last Days of Pompeii" is an interesting read for those who are keen on the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Z Hayes
A romantic historical novel inspired by a famous natural disaster in ancient times and archaeological evidence discovered in Pompeii, this novel was among the most popular works of... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Louis Foster
The book story itself, as well as this edition, are fine. But the packaging was sloppy and careless, to the extent that the gummy flap of the envelope was stuck to the cover and... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Pilar Reynolds
Loved this book as a child. Great story as a story -- and it's set against the backdrop of Pompeii and its impending destruction when Vesuvius erupts. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Diogenes