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Pompeii With his trademark elegance and intelligence Robert Harris recreates a world on the brink of disaster All along the Mediterranean coast the Roman empire s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxur

  • Title: Pompeii
  • Author: Robert Harris
  • ISBN: 9780812974614
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • With his trademark elegance and intelligence Robert Harris recreates a world on the brink of disaster.All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer The world s largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of BWith his trademark elegance and intelligence Robert Harris recreates a world on the brink of disaster.All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer The world s largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples His predecessor has disappeared Springs are failing for the first time in generations And now there is a crisis on the Augusta s sixty mile main line somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.Attilius decent, practical, and incorruptible promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry His plan is to travel to Pompeii and put together an expedition, then head out to the place where he believes the fault lies But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work both natural and man made threatening to destroy him.With his trademark elegance and i

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    About "Robert Harris"

    1. Robert Harris

      ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best selling novels Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski His work has been translated into thirty seven languages He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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    1. This is the story of a latter day Super Mario, an Italian plumber who overcomes very difficult challenges to fix the water supply to Napoli and surrounding areas before the local volcano erupts to ruin everything for everybody OK, I admit that I am grossly trivialising a tremendous story, which is really about Marcus Attilius Primus, the aquarius, or chief water engineer, who is sent to the Bay of Naples to manage the water supply to all of the towns in the area The main artery of the supply is [...]


    2. Onvan Pompeii Nevisande Robert Harris ISBN 812974611 ISBN13 9780812974614 Dar 304 Safhe Saal e Chap 2003


    3. I have been a bit fascinated with the idea of Pompeii since I was a girl and the National Geographic ran photos of the people frozen in mid flight trying to escape the horrors of the eruption of Vesuvius Robert Harris has visited Pompeii through the story of Attilius, the engineer in charge of the aqueduct that served the area Before the eruption, before the horror, there is a problem with the flow of the water Attilius seeks to repair the breach in the aqueduct and this leads him to be in Pompe [...]


    4. Geology meets Volcanology meets All Round Mr Nice Guy.Having read Imperium by Robert Harris few short months ago I found that I quite enjoyed his uncomplicated writing style I in no way mean unsophisticated or simplistic, for he is an author who can comfortably shoulder the mantle of an old fashioned storyteller Many authors try to be story tellers, but they over write or have not the skill and under write, or get caught up in too many tangents, thinking that everything they do has to be with th [...]


    5. It should be a Two For One A suspense novel to take to the beach and some insight into life in the Roman Empire and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius And maybe a small tutorial in primitive plumbing Unfortunately, it turns into an 0 For One.The plot is serviceable Marcus Attilius Primus is an engineer newly in charge of the section of aqueduct that services Pompeii He investigates the mysterious failure of the water supply and along the way, discovers that his predecessor was corrupt He falls in love [...]



    6. This book was just okay for me I liked the historical side of this I have always found this story kind of sadly fascinating I just didn t find that in this book This wasn t particularly character driven There was a problem with the water plaguing the area and it focused mainly on that without giving depth to the characters There was a lot time and detail that went into this problem, but I needed that same attention to detail regarding the people The historical part felt well done the fiction par [...]




    7. The waters have stopped flowing from the aquedect who you gonna call Dambusters The water engineer heads out amid widespread corruption in Pompeii, thwarts a murder plot, finds out what happened to his predecessor, falls in love, and investigates the ominous rumbling from the nearby Vesuvius Sounds good no Harris is good at building up the air of menace in the days preceding the eruption Every action can be looked at as minor compared to the devastation coming and he really does a great job of c [...]


    8. One knows the end then you start to read the beginning It s rather challenging to craft a gripping novel based on a catastrophic historical and geological event the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 A.D but amazingly Robert Harris does just that Attilius is the aquarius the water engineer, as his father and grandfather had been before him, for the region surrounding the Bay of Naples, including the thriving city of Pompeii A straight up, earnest young man, his moral compass is steadfast and his devo [...]


    9. Nope Not for me I almost DNF this book When I willed myself to read it, I just skimming it without understanding the story.


    10. I recently read classicist Mary Beard s fascinating non fiction book on Pompeii This novel by Robert Harris is in many ways a nice complement to that, especially since it is narrated by a Roman engineer responsible for the aqueduct that supplied water to the coastal towns on the Bay of Naples, Pompeii among them We think of the Romans as conquerors, of building a civilization based upon conquest But Roman engineering was as much, if not , of a driving force, and the Romans ability to harness and [...]


    11. After a day in Pompeii my mother claims I walked through every single house not true, some are inaccessible I heard people on the platform of the Circumvesuviana local train talking about this book I was being fussy about everything else I was reading, so I grabbed this on the Kindle store and kicked back with it once we eventually got back to Rome, anyway I read The Map of Time on the Eurostar.It s a quick read, and reasonably accurate to the interpretations of what happened in Pompeii Obviousl [...]


    12. Attilius s occupation is an aquarius in the Roman Empire, a job description that nowadays would be director of waterworks operations and maintenance for the southern district of Italy As the earth beings to swell and shake in ominous warning in advance of the tragedy that is to come, the main aqueduct cracks and fails and Attilius is sent out to repair it So this is a historical novel and we learn of life in the Roman Empire around AD 79 at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius Here are masters a [...]


    13. Think you have pressure at work Consider Marcus Attilius Primus He just received an important promotion from Rome The young engineer is now the Aquarius, in charge of the immense aqueduct serving the entire bay of Naples His predecessor has mysteriously disappeared His workers are surly The water supply is interrupted And then he gets on the wrong side of one of the richest men around, a cruel former slave, the behind the scenes political boss of Pompeii Of course, he does have a very beautiful [...]


    14. 3 starsI have wanted to read this book for a decadeI ve loved science, and particularly geology, from a very early age, and chose a science class in 5th grade that focused on volcanoes, so my interest is long standing I think a non fiction book about this eruption, if it contained all the known information and conjectures, might have been an even better choice for me.I got used the fictional story and it did provide a fairly good backdrop for the setting and happenings in that time and place The [...]


    15. 4.5 stars Not 5 because there were one or two frankly cheesy bits Robert Harris brings the eruption of Vesuvius to life in this account which starts 3 days beforehand when the signs were there for anyone with sufficient knowledge to recognise Sadly, few were in that position but thanks to Pliny s eye witness account, the knowledge was made available to future generations This is a fascinating account of the build up to the eruption, with each chapter headed by a quote from a scientific journal e [...]


    16. Explosive In a little over seven hours, one thousand, nine hundred and thirty six years ago Mt Vesuvius will have finished the eruption that created the tourist attractions that we know today as Pompeii and Herculaneum Having experienced the eruption of Mt St Hellen in 1980, and know first hand what the ash fall was like, as a resident in Portland, Oregon, the time sequence and statistics of the volcanic events were fascinating The story of the Aquarius, Attilius and the Roman water system calle [...]


    17. Absolutely fantastic, and entirely unputdownable At first you re unsure what kind of route Harris is going to take on Vesuvius eruption as it opens with talk of aqueducts and engineers, but in the space of a few hundred pages, he recreates the bay of Naples vividly and realistically, so you really do feel get an idea of the timescale and the emotions, all built in to this great read.


    18. 79 BBC Pompeii The Last Day Fatherland 1992 Archangel 1998 The Ghost 2007 The Ghost Writer 2010 Imperium 2006 Lustrum Conspirata 2009


    19. I was curious how Robert Harris would write a novel about the day Mt Vesuvius erupted and buried the city of Pompeii Could he make it interesting How would he go about it I m a sucker for apocalyptic movies I discovered within the first few pages that Harris used a couple of tried a true methods that are used in those movies First, we all know what s going to happen, so he starts with a countdown, beginning two days before the eruption Next, each chapter is prefaced with an interesting fact abou [...]



    20. Before he wrote Imperium and Lustrum , his two magnificent novels of the Cicero trilogy Now available Dictator , the third one, which I m eager to read , Robert Harris wrote Pompeii , a novel based on the historical volcano eruption during the roman era Having visited the place a few years ago I wanted to not miss this one.Not to the great standard as the Cicero ones, Pompeii is nevertheless a great read, full of realistic moments about the inferno that took place on 24 August 79 AD, through the [...]


    21. I always look forward to revisiting anything to do with Italy It is a fascinating place Pompeii it s history, and what still remains there today is amazing This book was not as amazing.but I ll still give it 2.75 3 stars For a few days I was entertained by the ins and outs of the Italian Aqueduct Who would really enjoy this book Historical fiction fans probably It does have a thriller aspect to it It was somewhat engaging BUT, I have been to Pompeii, sooooo while I was listening to this audio I [...]


    22. I gave this book 4 stars because the protagonist Marcus Attilius Primus and I share the same profession that of being a civil engineer I was fascinated by the Aqua Augusta, the aqueduct that brought fresh water to people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples including Pompeii.True, we all at least know what happened in Pompeii due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius So at first I was a bit unsure about reading this fictionalized account of one of the most infamous cataclysms in human history And [...]


    23. I fell in love with how he fell in love with her How he went back for her, despite everything was ending, despite all the endings.


    24. My review for Pompeii by Robert Harris is going to be really short, lots of other people reviewed it, so if you want all the extra stuff, read those I am not going to say anything, well almost anything about the author I see he is a author, so anything you want to know about the author you can read here without me jumping in I do want to say that I enjoyed Pompeiiand I plan to read it again just to see if I move my stars from three to four, it was pretty hectic around here while I was reading it [...]


    25. This was my first Robert Harris and I was thoroughly enthralled from start to finish The story centres on a young engineer, Marcus Attilius Primus, who is responsible for the Aqua Augusta in the Bay of Naples His predecessor has mysteriously disappeared and shortly after his arrival from Rome the aqueduct fails He traces the problem back to fault in the pipes close to Pompeii but it soon becomes clear that the problem with the water supply is just a symptom of something much dangerous to come T [...]


    26. Volcano stories are never really about volcanoes, just like shark stories are never about sharks, and zombie stories are not about the shambling hordes, but the few that cower from them Sadly, this volcano story IS about a volcano or rather it is about the volcano related research that the author did in order to write it It s full of sentences like, They could feel the warmth from the hypocaust, a clever Roman heating system that worked like this in which you can feel how Harris is dying to tell [...]


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