Saturday, February 16, 2013

Imperium - Robert Harris

I read Imperium because, I think, The Economist recommended it at some point (Robert Harris, the author, is a subject of Elizabeth Windsor, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that The Economist recommends it). This is an OK novel, but nothing extraordinary. 

The book suggests that Pompey's campaign to control the army in order to fight pirates was one of the reasons behind the end of the Roman Republic. Pompey is depicted as a simple man who believes in the idea  that those who are not with him are against him. It is inevitable to think that Harris tried to link Pompey with Bush 43.

I recommend reading Imperium as an entertainment, not to discover anything new or truth-revealing.

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