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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Africanus by Santiago Posteguillo. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Africanus , please sign up. This is a good book for an historian? Despite of this the author respect hisory and documetation is awesome. I have enjoyed a lot reading the first one,you w …more This is an enterteinment book.
I have enjoyed a lot reading the first one,you will enjoy if you like the romans less. See all 3 questions about Africanus…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. A fast pace book that summarizes the early years of Scipio the African. The Spaniard writer keeps you interested to the end.
For those who want to familiarize with that period without recurring to heavy history books this is a good start. Oct 26, Carmen C. It is important to be respectful with history and maintain oneself faithful to the personalities and events that took place, but also to give them life and personalities so that these flow with logic and interest. In it we see the ascension of Hannibal Barca, and how he brings Rome to its knees whilst these attempt to fight him.
In the Roman side we are witness to the rise of Publius Cornelius that is, Scipio Africanus , from his birth until his campaign in Hispania. The book is centred in this evolution of the character and events, from his early years and relations with his family to his training and military beginnings.
It is not only believable, but also fascinating in a way that not many historical books quite manage to achieve. The most noteworthy thing of the novel itself is the cinematographic style the author uses in narrating battles and their particular strategy. These are easy to follow wherever they are taking place the action, without losing the reader and at the same time showing the historical aspect of them accurately.
Carthaginians, different Roman factions, the roman people, or writer Plautus himself. The merit of the book is managing to balance out both the history and fiction aspects of it, and succeeds beautifully in filling everything with suspense and intrigue.
The writing style itself, however, come across as noticeably academic at the beginning of the book. It is worthy of 5 out of 6 stars, and definitely worthy of giving it a try at the very least. Jan 27, Carlos rated it it was amazing. A fascinating combination of engaging narrative with profound historical references. This is a top choice in the suggestions list, one of those authors that draw people into the great world of books. View 2 comments. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
Lets start with the story: the book retells the story of the Second Punic Wars, with Hannibal crossing the Alps and attacking Rome, and the youth and first years as a soldier of Scipio Africanus. You know, the stuff of legends, history, fun no, really, I like history.
Sadly for us, Posteg Horrible, horrible, horrible. And why do I say so? First, the book runs for almost interminable pages, with chapters that have zero description, and just facts, facts, facts. Two pages telling me something of Hannibal and then two pages to tell something about Scipio Africanus's father and three pages to tell something about some other character.
The only adjectives in the story are about women's bodies or when the author feels he has to go on poetic metaphors about the color of the sunrise. Second, and related to this, there is no character development whatsoever. Scipio Africanus is a hero, he is perfect, handsome, cool, mysterious, charming and smart Hannibal is a lucky and canny barbarian as are all his men and Quintus Fabius only needs a white cat.
This is pathetic writing as they come. I don't like my characters white and black when I read fantasy or sci-fi, but at least there is the excuse of them being in a parallel universe. In a book that has some 'history' in it, it just makes me writhe and angry cough cough. And that is without saying anything about poor author Plauto, who becomes a page-filling character just so the author can show he knows something about literature and history.
The same that goes with the passing comments about Celtic gods or similar. Posteguillo just needs to wink at us and say: look, I did research, do you see how many gods and people from the era I know about?
And of course, all the characters talk as if they have come out of the fighting scenes in "Braveheart" or "The Lord of the of the Rings", with big and silly speeches and evil laughs. I have also talked about the poor use of vocabulary. Well, I also felt irked by his use of the past tenses in Spanish, between 'imperfecto' and 'indefinido'. And last but not least, Posteguillo, Hispania was not a country back then.
Stop calling it that. The best: it has made me want to read some history to really know more about what really happened, instead of this one-sided heroes against monsters story. Jan 09, Chema rated it liked it Shelves: read-jan , re-read.
Actually this was a re-reading, but as I didn't really pay attention the first time almost 5 years ago , I thought it was worth the try. The plot revolves around a b. Rome, more precisely during one of their wars against Carthage placed on the Mediterranean North-Africa; currently in Tunisia , specially focused on Hispania current Spain and Portugal , Rome and south Italy.
These areas were relevant to the conflict, as they hosted some of the greatest battles during the story - I need to hi Actually this was a re-reading, but as I didn't really pay attention the first time almost 5 years ago , I thought it was worth the try. These areas were relevant to the conflict, as they hosted some of the greatest battles during the story - I need to highlight the fact that this is the first book of a trilogy.
The plot itself is interesting: Ancient Rome, battles, some blood, some love and the feeling of loss flying aroung romans' heads made the mix. The characters, though very archetype-ish, fulfilled what was expected from them. Maybe one or two were somehow innovative, but nothing specially remarkable, except the figure of Fabio Quinto Maximo from the half of the story onwards. I expected a bit more of a book this long. However, it should be noticed that the author really looked into the history, he documented really well and his description during the battles scenes is astonishing.
You could almost picture all those legionnaires standing firmly with their swords and shields - all S. R-ing around. Alas, the worst aspect of this piece: Posteguillo's writing. My mum always told me that we shouldn't point at other's mistakes as none of us is perfect, but here I go anyway - sorry, mum! Whereas Posteguillo excelled during the battles, his narrative is all but outstanding and, if you read the book in its original language Spanish you will find several mistakes which is something unforgivable for me.
Upon the publishment, a book should pass several revisions and be thoroughly and utterly analysed, and I have a feeling that this one didn't. To sum it up a little bit: really interesting if you're into History, specially Ancient History. The facts are reasonably well placed and located, and the plot has some twists you definitely don't expect. Nevertheless, my love for grammar and writing a love I think we all share here didn't allow me enjoy this piece to its core.
Sometimes the storyline couldn't make up for the mistakes and that's something to keep in mind. Jan 13, Hiram rated it it was amazing. This is just an amazing book. It captures yourself, what a good writer who taking into account a number of sources, gives a well documented novel to introduce you in that ancient world. Jun 18, Alejandro Pier rated it it was amazing.
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He has become known for a number of novels set in Ancient Rome , especially his Scipio Africanus and Trajan trilogies. Santiago Posteguillo achieved his doctorate at the University of Valencia. He went on to study creative literature in the United States at Denison University , in Granville , and linguistics and translation at several universities in Great Britain. He pays attention to the Elizabethan theater and the relationship between English and American literature with film, music and other arts. Posteguillo started by writing crime novels, and during his time as a student at Valencia he used to write poetry.
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