Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris - DNF

Unfortunately I didn't finish this book, so that's why my review format will be different for this one.

I copied the following book description from amazon.com:
Beginning in 63 B.C.E. and told by Cicero's slave secretary, Tiro, this complex tale continues to chronicle Cicero's political career as he charms, co-opts, and bribes his way into the exalted position of consul, ruler of Rome. Although Cicero is known as a brilliant politician and philosopher, he was also a slick manipulator and shameless schemer, competing with equally sneaky rivals Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus. Cicero realizes that as the empire expands, the greatest threat to Rome comes from within, plotted by well-financed conspirators bent on turning the republic into a dictatorship. With fabulous oratory and trickery, Cicero uncovers and crushes an insurrection, exposing himself to great danger and possible assassination. Riots, murder, civil unrest, corruption, treachery, and betrayal mark Cicero's political legacy, resulting in a battle between him and Julius Caesar. Throughout, however, Tiro remains loyal and remarkably astute, recognizing that it is an act of madness for a man to pursue power when he could be sitting in the sunshine reading a book. (Feb.)
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So my thoughts and why I didn't finish it:
I actually didn't put much effort into this one.  I think I made it close to 50 pages and put it down.  Here's the thing, it just wasn't the book for me at this moment.  I actually think that I will pick it up at some point in the future.  I think if I finish it I will end up enjoying it and liking it.  I just wasn't enjoying it right now.    Usually when I don't finish I book I have strong reasons why, something usually annoys me.  This one is different.  I can't say that anything annoyed me, I just wasn't really interested.

There are a bunch of good reviews on Amazon though, so if it sounds interesting and you want another opinion I recommend looking there or doing a blog search online.

I did receive this book from Simon & Schuster to review, and I thank them for that.  I will return to this book, at some time, unfortunately that time isn't now. 


bermudaonion said...

Hey, it happens sometimes. Hopefully it will call your name one day.

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter Holidays!!!

Kris said...

Bermudanion - glad to know it happens to others too.

Ebook Author Missouri -Thanks! and same to you.