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Memoirs of Hadrian Paperback – January 1, 1963
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The love story of Hadrian and Antinous will never die out of human memory, and Marguerite Yourcenar is testimony to that fact.
Other reviewers have already pointed out the superb scholarship that went into the making of this book, the excellent writing, and all the rest.
I only have one question: why are the best tales of male love written by women? It seems to be a very odd situation: in general, men are the most famous writers, but in the niche of male love, we find such writers as Anne Rice, Mary Renault, Marguerite, and now the "gay manga" from Japan -- stories of male love written for girls! By women!
Well, I am puzzled, but I am not about to look a gift-horse in the mouth. This book, along with "The Last of the Wine" and "The Persian Boy," are among the most moving and excellent novels ever written.
Unless, of course, you find history to be a bore.
Hadrian was revealed as a wise and intelligent ruler with great administrative abilities. A movie of this book would be very interesting to see. I am surprised that no one has made it yet. Maybe it would be very controversial especially with regard to Palestine.