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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough

I just started reading The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough (you may remember her from her well known novel, The Thorn Birds). At over 800 pages this is by no means a short read and added to the lengthy book are hand drawn portraits, maps (all by Colleen McCullough), a glossary and pronunciation guide.

The First Man in Rome begins on New Year's Day in 110 B.C. where Romans are celebrating the new year and two men have political ambitions to become The First Man in Rome. Hop on over to a blog review here.

Colleen McCullough's painstaking research is evident in the book where she gives details of life in Rome and the underlying battles for political recognition.

This is the first of a series.


Joanne said...

sounds a bit daunting. Then again Roman history encompasses a few years. I always liked her writing

roansart said...

Greetings! I fell upon your blog while searching for the author's portraits and maps myself -- I'm currently re-reading FMIR myself but from a Kindle version that can't render the .jpg files. Though a fictional rendering of some the most famous historical figures, McCullough's scholarship combined with her storytelling prowess bring the characters alive through the veil of history in grand and revealing style. I've read all seven novels in the series several times (especially the first 5) and am enjoying my current stroll through FMIR's pages with great pleasure!