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Kindle ePUB [Counting the Stars personal development] author Helen Dunmore

  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • Counting the Stars
  • Helen Dunmore
  • English
  • 02 February 2019
  • 9780670914548

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Read Counting the Stars ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB S and ears of everything that goes on while civilization and violence are euals murder is the easy option and poison the weapon of choiceCatallus' relationship with Clodia is one of the most intense passionate tormented and candid in history In love and in hate their story exposes the beauty and terrors of Roman life in the late Republic. Catullus was a controversial figure in the final juiciest years of republican Rome part of a group of new young poets who wrote plainly and scurrilously openly slandering influential figures in their verse such as Caeser himself The Lesbia of Catullus s poems is generally considered to be Clodia Metelli daughter of a patrician family and wife to the conservative consul Metellus Celer She was a notorious adulterer believed to have poisoned her husband and suspected of incest with her brother the populist tribune Publius Clodius Pulcher It sounds like an explosive affair rightUnfortunately you wouldn t know that from the drabness of Dun s narrative This is obviously intended to represent a great love between a poet and his muse a consuming passion where you burn with an uncontrollable fire but Dun s lightweight rendering reduces it to the status of a mere fling a childish cloying indulgence between two empty headed sensualistsThis period is so replete with towering historical figures so rich in drama and intrigue yet save for a second hand account of one of Cicero s most famous orations Dun may just as well have presented an affair between a post master and a vicar s daughter set somewhere in the modern day home counties In addition the constant proliferation of prurient gossipy asides and interjections from a chorus of imaginary citizens really annoyed me only serving to hinder an already exasperating narrativeDun is a successful poet as well as an Orange prize winning novelist so she must have written better than this

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Read Counting the Stars ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Id even of her pet sparrow And Clodia Catullus is 'her dear poet' but possibly not her only interestTheir Rome is a city of extremes Tenants are packed into ramshackle apartment blocks while palatial villas house the magnificence of the families who control Rome Armed street gangs clash in struggles for political power Slaves are the eye. Not for me ended up skipping uite a lot and didn t feel I d missed much

Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¹ Helen Dunmore

Read Counting the Stars ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB In the heat of Rome's long summer the poet Catullus and his older married lover Clodia Metelli meet in secret Living at the heart of sophisticated brittle and brutal Roman society at the time of Pompey Crassus and Julius Caesar Catullus is obsessed with Clodia the Lesbia of his most passionate poems He is jealous of her husband of her ma. This book follows the historical characters of the poet Catullus and his lover Clodia during the Rome of Julius Caesar Catullus is involved with his scandalous lover who also happens to be married and he s a tortured artist writing poems about her and suffering the agony of not being able to marry her and be with her alwaysI enjoyed the descriptions of ancient Rome and its surrounds and the details of what life was like for the citizens and slaves of the day The inclusion of verses of Catullus actual poems was a nice touch sprinkled throughout the book as the events that supposedly brought those poems about unfoldedThe story was enjoyable but I felt like it never really fully gripped me and it kind of just tapered off at the end