- Paperback: 594 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1245248359
- ISBN-13: 978-1245248358
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,977,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Days Of Pompeii Paperback – September 13, 2011
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The main characters of the novel are Glaucus, an Athenian, Ione, the woman he loves, and Nydia, his beautiful slave girl. Nydia, for me, was the most romantic female character of the book. She is blind but can sing beautiful songs. Although Glaucus is in love with Ione, I wished when I was reading the book that he would instead fall in love with Nydia. The villain of the story is a mystic called Arbaces who owns a mansion. Although he has great knowledge, he is despicable to the core. He converts Ione's brother Apaecides to the cult of Isis, but Apaecides becomes disenchanted with it. Arbaces plans to somehow become the husband of Ione, but she wants to marry Glaucus.
"The Last Days of Pompeii" has a gladiatorial tournament which is want one normally finds in a novel about ancient Rome. It also has a witch. The Christian religion makes up an important part of the message of the book. The Christians are portrayed as the good guys.
The final part of the book covers the eruption and the eruption is covered with detail. I don't know if Edward Bulwer-Lytton researched volcanic eruptions before writing the book but his details on the eruption of Vesuvius seem from my amateur knowledge of volcanoes to be very accurate.Read more ›
His description of the eruption itself suffers because, of course, nobody knew at the time he wrote it what actually caused the rapid and total obliteration of the city. They didn't know of pyroclastic flows, but this is easily ignored.
I don't need a pictorial; I've seen pictures of Pompeii from other sources. My imagination was more that enough to provide visuals. Pompeii is just the setting of the story. The author isn't attempting to be an architect or socialogist or archaeologist.
As to this story as a pitch for Christianity-this is book is mild. I've read many well-known classic books advocating Christianity with a heavier hand than this. In fact, the author chides Christians of his own time more than once through this story for their lack of tolerance (old use of this word) for those of other faiths whom they wish to convert.
The book is free probably because it long ago came into public domain. There is nothing to lose by "buying" it.
The story was as engrossing as I remembered it and some of the characters so appealing that I've found myself rooting for the good guys and appalled with the bad ones once more.
Yes the description of Vesuvius' eruption is not exactly accurate, since we have a lot more information of what came out of that volcano in our days, however the description the author does of the houses, baths etc is a plus as it teaches us a lot of the terms they used through the daily life of the characters.
Also the fact that the author went to Pompeii and came up with the background for some of the people's remains (which have been frozen in time so many centuries ago) gave another dimension to the story.
So much better than some of the reading I've been experiencing from new authors...
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I stopped reading because it failed to hold my interest. I didn't know where it was going or how long it would take to get there, and I found myself wanting to read other things. Read morePublished 8 days ago by FactsDontMatter
This was a wonderful read! The characters and plot are well developed. Although some of the plot lines were predictable, there are enough twists to keep the reader interested. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean Williams
I downloaded it onto my tablet so I could read it while flying. Can't find where Amazon PUT IT.Published 4 months ago by Lynn Primo
First published in 1834 this book like seemingly all of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s works has become relatively neglected, although if you do decide to read this you will soon realise... Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Dowden
The love was too much for me, but the pace of the story made up for it. The plot twists and turns in a semi-predictable format, but there are a few good characters that drive the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Audrey Wierda