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Couldn't agree with you more. Staggered all the way to the end and then re-read all the blurb on it and thought 'why did they think it was so good'.

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I agree too. I've read all his other books and enjoyed them, but Pompeii was disappointing. I think making Pompeii a story about the aquaduct rather than a story about the volcano was a mistake. I wasn't really interested in the backstory or the romance. I didn't feel anything for the characters (with the exception of Pliny the Elder, who was a great hero). All I really wanted to read about was the eruption, so when I finally got to the pages describing the eruption I raced through it wanting to know what happened next. (I think by skipping the last 100 pages Val you might have missed the best bit :( )

 

If the book had been written from the point of view of Pliny and started when he first sees the smoke rising from the mountain it would have been a fabulous book, as it is, it has title of worst book I read last year.

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I haven't really read any of this kinda thing before, so when I read it I had no expectations. I thought it was ok, wouldn't bother re reading it. Some parts are slow, and the good parts are bogged down with boringness.

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I quite enjoyed this book. I suppose it was a bit like watching "The Titanic", you knew what was going to happen in the end (although I have to admit I have never seen Titanic!).

 

I actually liked that the story was told through what was happening with the aqueduct. It was interesting to see how the Romans were using the water.

 

Felt the love story was tagged on a bit, the story wouldn't really have suffered without it.

 

I haven't read any other Robert Harris books. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Go and see titanic! Don't watch the movie just the bit where it crashes. Will make you cry!

 

The 1958 film 'A Night To Remember' is the best film made about the Titanic. Very moving and more concerned with the reality than any slushy, fictional love interest!

 

I was given 'Fatherland' by Robert Harris as a present from my son,a couple of years back, otherwise i wouldn't have even thought about reading it.

As usual. I can't remember much about it, except that I enjoyed reading something different.

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I second megustaleer's recommendation of A Night to Remember. I think the fact that the film is old makes the tragic drama all the more realistic.

 

I thought I posted on Pompeii before but I guess not. I have been fascinated by the Vesuvius erruption and the preservation of Pompeii since I was a kid, so I was delighted to see a novel about it. And it all went downhill from there. I had to drag myself through the novel. I didn't really care that much about the aquaduct and don't think the era or the circumstances were evoked very well and the human angle wasn't up to much either. I have Fatherland at home on my TBR shelf but it will be a looooooong time before I am sufficiently recovered to waste any further precious reading time on Harris.

 

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