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First Man In Rome (Masters of Rome) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Colleen McCullough Doctor of Neurophysiology
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7. August 2003 Masters of Rome

The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series.

Rome. 110BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by powerty, a shameless pleasure seeker.

Two men of extraordinary vision, men of ruthless ambition, both blessed and cursed by the special favour of Fortune. men fated to lay the foundations of the most awesome empire ever known, and to play out a mighty struggle for power and glory - for Marius and Sulla share a formidable ambition: to become First Man in Rome.

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  • Taschenbuch: 1056 Seiten
  • Verlag: Arrow; Auflage: New Ed (7. August 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099462486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099462484
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 20 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 7.931 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"The author's narrative flows as easily as Father tiber . . . A grandly meaty historical novel . . . rich with gracefully integrated research and thundering to the beat of marching roman legions" (Kirkus Reviews)



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4.0 von 5 Sternen The prequel to I,Claudius 15. Juni 2000
First I have to compliment Colleen McCullough on her research. Truely an outstanding effort and very praiseworthy. Her glossary at the end of the book is excellent and one which I have referred back to more then once for just general information. Having said that I now have to state that the entire series has been going down in quality since the second installment The Grass Crown. With the first two novels it is apparent that Ms. McCullough wrote them more or less simultaneously over a period of several years while doing her very extensive research. I read that she spent over five years researching and writing the first chapters and it shows. The attention to detail is excellent, her characters come to life, they sound and act like Romans. There is nothing modern about her dialouge, plot, or characterization. After a short while I felt like I was reading a prequel to Robert Grave's classic novels about Claudius. The only thing I felt there wasn't enough of was the biting wit that was so prevelant in Graves work. Unfortunly starting with the third installment I saw the old Colleen McCullough coming through. The bestselling author who has written The Thornbirds and Tim. It was obvious that the research was done and the dramatic stage set was built. Now Ms. McCullough is simply filling in with her trademark writing. Instead of a series of Roman novels now we have a soap opera with rather modern characters running around in togas. Instead of intruiging and fleshed out historical personas we have hero worship of Julius Ceaser and two dimensional characters. I made it through the fourth installment and gave up. More tired then disgusted - for what had been rather unusual has now become typical and could just as easily be set in New York City of today. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful book, one of the best in the series 7. Januar 2000
I throughly enjoyed "The First Man in Rome". It is a great historical novel with timeless appeal. So far, I have read three novels in the Masters of Rome Series, the other two were "Caesar's Women" and "Caesar: The Novel". Of these three, "The First Man in Rome" is the best.
I especially enjoyed the characters in this novel. While "Caesar", for example, was completely devoid of character development, this novel is overflowing with wonderful and well-structured character portraits. I was particularly impressed by Sulla. Instead of portraying him as a wild psychopath that he undoubtedly was, Colleen McCullough turned him into a psychopath with a tender side. Her description of his childhood and especially his relationship with his tutor brought tears to my eyes. Although Sulla is quite despicable in his action, McCullough uncovers a complex person under all the madness. A great achievement!
I also appreciated her depiction of Gaius Marius. In history class, I learned that he was extremely lucky but rather unremarkable in his talent. That never sat well with me because I thought that even if he wasn't a genius, he must have been capable enough to secure the number of consulships that he had. McCullough very nicely goes into Gaius Marius' head and examines how and what is driving him.
Not all the characters were well-developed. Julia or Julia Major was extremely boring and could have used more complexity because she appears to be such a paragon of virtue that she does not seem human. Jugurtha also suffered because in the book he is too one-dementional. That's too bad since he is quite fascinating.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best historical fiction I have ever read 3. Dezember 1999
Nothing prepared me for the complexity, depth and shear sense of reality that Colleen McCullogh's The First Man in Rome provided. I have read a lot of historical fiction and was used to authors routinely ignoring the real nitty gritty of daily life in previous ages in order to get on with their story. McCollogh manages to infuse a lively plot with a significant amount of period lore, domestic detail and even hitorical exposition without ever losing the reader's interest. Her characters and their story - taken straight from history - manage to be both larger than life and believably human at the same time.
Among the devices she uses to achieve a kind of verisimilitude are imagined conversations, letters, and maps (drawn by her own hand). Where there are unknowns in the historical record, her inventions are based on careful research and are, if not correct, certainly plausible.
I can't praise this book (and the four that follow it in the series) highly enough. Standing in the remains of the original forum in Rome last year, I felt as if I had actually experienced that place before. So much of the story told in these books takes place in the limited confines of the forum and the nearby Palitine and Capitoline hills, and her description of the space was so accurate - even with the passage of two thousand years - that it was easy to imagine how it must have looked then.
Anyone who loves historical fiction - that is, real history presented in novel form - owes it to themselves to experience this book. It is both a work of scholarship and a great imaginative achievement written by a master of language. No story totally invented could be half as interesting as this tale of real people that McCollough brings to life in these pages. A great book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unputdownable
Certainly not great literature (really not) but imaginative, informative and agreeable to read. Just don't expect her to win the nobel price, this is block buster Hollywood. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 2010 von buecheroeli
5.0 von 5 Sternen Superbly Written and researched
As the title reads, the author knows how to build characters and has a nice way in explaning historical facts in storylines. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 2009 von Max Power
3.0 von 5 Sternen About 400 Pages too long.
Well researched and I learnt a lot about everyday life in ancient Rome. Good story and excellent characters. The huge amount of similar names tend to get very confusing. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. November 2001 von
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, if overlong
A story of the early days of the Roman Republic in the days of Sulla and Gaius Marius. An entertaining read, but unnecessarily long. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2000 von Seth Armstrong
4.0 von 5 Sternen Goody, meaty reading
This is definitely a character-driven novel rather than a plot-driven one. I really enjoyed getting inside the heads of the various people who made up the creme de la creme of the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2000 von Shantell Powell
5.0 von 5 Sternen ¡Olé!
With this book, I spent long hours outside the real world. The story gets you since the begining; politics, battles, history... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2000 von Miguel J. Jiménez
4.0 von 5 Sternen solid background, too many characters
Once more McCullough has done here research and provides a fictional account which few historians would moan about. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Mai 2000 von TammyJo Eckhart
4.0 von 5 Sternen Very well done
Obviously if you don't like history, you shouldn't read this book. But if you are like me, and love to learn about history, then this book is a must. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2000 von B. Merritt
2.0 von 5 Sternen Dull, dull, dull!
In her attempt to prove she did her research, she turns what should be a fascinating period in history into a profound snore. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2000 von fastreader
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful
The First Man in Rome is one of my all time favorite reads, for several reasons. Being a fan of Tom Clancy, I love detail, which is something that this book does incredibly well. Lesen Sie weiter...
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