Both an exploration of character and a reflection on the meaning of history, Memoirs of Hadrian has received international acclaim since its first publication in France in 1951 In it, Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian s arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his gradual reordering of a war torn world, writing with the imaginative insight of a great writer of the twentieth century while crafting a prose style as elegant and precise as those of the Latin stylists of Hadrian s own era....
|Title||:||Memoirs of Hadrian (FSG Classics)|
|Publisher||:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux May 18, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||992 KB|
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Memoirs of Hadrian (FSG Classics) Reviews
This brilliant historical novel tells a fascinating story, in beautiful language, with much wisdom. The novel is formed as an autobiography of the Emperor Hadrian, who ruled Rome from 117CE to 138; he was one of the "Five Good Emperors" who helped bring Roman civilization to its highest point. Hadrian was complicated. Politically, he was a good emperor from a Roman point of view, but other nations (like the Jews) saw him very differently. Personally, he was disciplined and intelligent, but fell passionately in love with a young boy, and could be cruel. The book, framed as a letter to Marcus Aurelius, who succeeded him twenty years after his death, takes Hadrian from his boyhood in Spain to his deathbed in Italy at 62.
I don't even know where to begin when describing this book. If you enjoy classical history, and you are curious about Hadrian, it is unmatched. The book is written in a style that is analogous to those used by Roman philosophers and historians of the period. It, therefore, seems like you are reading a real first person account of Hadrian's life. It is also an extremely interesting meditation on what it means to be human. I terrific book; one that I will read again.
A jewel of a book, bringing together philosophy, and history as seen through the eyes of an emperor. While not an easy read, it is one of the most satisfying books I've read in a long time. Yourcenar is simply brilliant: the combination of her deep research into the life of Hadrian, with her credible (and very human) interpretation of his thoughts and ideas on statesmanship, art, justice, and philosophy, based on that research, is stunning. It's been a long time since I sat with pen in hand, underlining passages that I found to be beautifully written and worthy of further thought.
Memoirs of Hadrian is a classic that should be more well-known. Yourcenar really inhabits the mind of the emperor as he passes on his story to his chosen successor. It is a beautiful, poignant work that is meticulously researched. You'll be amazed and mystified by the beauty of the writing.
Well-written and rife with historically accurate details and portraits that give this novel a grand air of verisimilitude. The reading experience, on the other hand, was painful. There is NO story in this book. Only ruminations on life, politics, and philosophy. It could have been so so much better if there's an arc to the story. It was so hard to thread the needle and make sense of it all. Definitely not for me.
I received the book "Memoirs of Hadrian" today and have been immersed deeply. What a find! What a treasure! I was amiss for not having discovered it sooner. The language is exquisite, and that in an English translation!!! This book will only appeal to a few discerning minds. It should be required reading in liberal arts college course. It teaches with depth and yet it is so contemporary. So timeless. I will treasure this book and will pass it on to people who I can trust to return it to me :-) we need more books like this!! So much these days is fluff or murder and mayhem. This nourishes the soul. Thank you Amazon for letting me find it!!
This is a great novel, and I might add, a great novel about two men in love with one another....written by a woman.
A beautifully written novel. The detail given of this time period was incredible. One almost believes that Margaret Yourcenar was alive and lived the life of this period. The details of the various locations that Hadrian lived were very educational. Now I certainly appreciate the challenges of this time period.