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The Last Stoic (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Wade , Helen Humphreys

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"Morgan has written a book that is highly original and beautifully executed. The balance between the Roman world and the modern world is maintained with skill and adroitness, and the narrative is deftly woven through both of these time periods, never faltering or losing momentum.

The Last Stoic is a fascinating, parallel look at two societies who are not, as it turns out, as different or distinct as one might think."

- Helen Humphreys

** Long-listed for the 2012 ReLit Award for Fiction.**

The Last Stoic is a story of appetite and fear, both modern and ancient. Half of the story's narrative occurs in the time and place of the ancient Roman Empire; the other half occurs in the present-day United States. The parallels between the two eras are so strong that the narrative continues uninterrupted as the setting shifts from historic Rome to modern America, alternating from chapter to chapter.

Marcus, a young man from a northern provincial border town, journeys deep into the heart of the empire and witnesses first-hand the excesses that can lead to ruin, both personal and political. His story offers an ancient commentary on the preoccupations of our own turbulent times. Shortly after his arrival, the empire is thrown into a panic by an unprecedented barbarian attack on the capital. Suspicion and paranoia abound. A young Roman/American runaway named Patrick, disillusioned with his own life and the state of his country, becomes convinced that Marcus is a dangerous traitor. Culminating in a public accusation made by Patrick, Marcus is wrongfully imprisoned, exiled and tortured as an enemy of the state. In prison, he confronts the many contradictions he has found in his adopted home, and in himself.

Throughout the story, in both eras, the writings of the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius (The Meditations) insinuate themselves unexpectedly into Marcus' life. In prison, he is saved by a chance meeting with Sextus Condianus, the "last Stoic" of the title, a cell-mate who is able to fully recite Aurelius' words and impart their wisdom. Ultimately, it is this unanticipated and unbidden instruction that gives the young man the strength he requires to survive. It becomes evident that the words of the venerable Stoic emperor have as much relevance to our own era as they did to his.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 462 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 254 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hidden Brook Press (3. Juni 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A9MKOI2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #377.959 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Muscular and intelligent 21. November 2012
Von Kingston book lover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wade pulls no punches in his criss-crossed history of the lavish (and lacivious) Roman Empire with contemporary America. His extensive research and experience permeate the storylines as we struggle to know who to trust and who to despise. His masculine prose and timetravel weaving will allow readers, especially males, the opportunity to recognize the inherent flaws in themselves - mistakes we may forever be doomed to repeat. Put down The Time-Traveller's Wife and pick up The Last Stoic. You'll be happy you did. An excellent first effort from a young novelist with a lot of promise.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An intriguing juxtaposition 23. Januar 2013
Von novalis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While it is cliched to note that history repeats itself, Wade has, through what appears to be meticulous research , managed to show that history is at least cousin to the present. The parallels which he draws between ancient Rome and present day U.S. policy on detention of terrorist suspects is eye-opening . While I enjoyed the part of the work that takes place in ancient Rome, Wade's potent writerly skills come to the front when he sets his character in the more familiar terrain of the present. Definitely worth spending one's sestertii on. Would also make a fascinating movie.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very Enjoyable Read 26. Januar 2013
Von bacsal2000 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Thoroughly enjoyed the parallels drawn between modern America and the Roman empire; the descriptions of people, events and the psychological states of the characters; the vivid depictions of Roman life; and the expositions on stoic philosophy as revealed through the central characters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Really enjoyed this book 15. Januar 2013
Von MoWalid - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was well thought out. I am researching the Phoenicians and how they came to be part of the Roman empire. If ound it very interesting. At some points I found it a little confusing going from Roman times to today. I am from Verulamium (St. Albans) in England so loved that touch. Also by studying Lebanese history names like Caracalla crop up. His notes at the end speak volumes. Yes, America is repeating the same mistakes the Roman's did. Wonderful piece. The research and story is great. A book anyone interested in today and how history repeats itself should read this book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen The Last Stoic 1. April 2013
Von Sassyjett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Gave up it wanted to be more then it was. It had great promise then she flashes to the future for the back story and that just loses it. Should have just stayed within the time period and this would have been a awesome winner. Misses so much where it counts.
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