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The Last Days of Pompeii (1834)

by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Waaaay better than I thought! ( )
  browsers | Mar 8, 2018 |
Amazingly good, considering what a bad name poor Lytton has in modern times, what with the whole "dark and stormy night" thing. Very entertaining all around, very interesting perspectives on religion considering the times. This edition has excellent plate engravings which add a lot to the story. ( )
  browsers | May 5, 2016 |
The decadence of Roman society and the dramatic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. ( )
  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
Wordy, broadly descriptive prose was fashionable once in the world. Even for that time, Bulwer-Lytton in this work is exessive. He does carry the plot pretty well, though. ( )
  ari.joki | Nov 3, 2010 |
904 The Last Days of Pompeii, by Sir Edward G. E. Bulwer-Lytton (read 4 Jul 1967) When I finished this I said "though the description is so overdone, and the plot rather creaking, I was caught up by both: description and story. Glaucus, an Athenian in Pompeii, loves Ione, as does Arbaces, an Egyptian of evil. Nydia, a blind slave, also loves Glaucus. Arbaces kills Apaecides, brother of Ione, who has become a Christian, and then blames the killing on Glaucus who had been temporarily crazed by a supposed love potion given him by Nydia--after Nydia took it from Julia, who had gotten it from a witch at Arbaces' urging. Glaucus is to be devoured by a lion on the day Vesuvius erupts." To illustrate the fulsome style: "The eyes of the crowd followed the gesture of the Egyptian, and beheld, with ineffable dismay, a vast vapour shooting from the summit of Vesuvius, in the form of a gigantic pine-tree, the trunk, blackness,--the branches, fire!--and a fire that shifted and wavered in its hues with every moment, now fiercely luminous, now of a dull and dying red, that again blazed terrifically forth with intolerable glare!" I will not soon forget this awesome book! ( )
2 vote Schmerguls | Oct 30, 2009 |
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Bulwer-Lytton, EdwardAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacher, WolframTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dixon, Arthur A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yohn, F. C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158715739X, Paperback)

Classic Victorian tale of the last days of Pompeii, doomed city that lay at the feet of Mount Vesuvius. From poets to flower-girls, gladiators to Roman tribunes, here is a plausible story of their lives, their loves, and the tragic fate that awaited them.

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A fantastic novel set in the final days of Ancient Pompeii before it was destroyed by the eruption of mount Vesuvius, written by English politician, poet, playwright, and prolific novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Inspired by Karl Briullov's painting The Last Day of Pompeii (which appears on the cover of this version), which the author saw in Milan, this is a fantastic look at ancient cultures, with many characters representing various ancient peoples, such as Glaucus who represents the subordinated Greeks and Arbaces who represents the Egyptian Empire.… (more)

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