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Last Days of Pompeii

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Book Overview: 

Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Once a very widely read book and now relatively neglected, it culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The novel uses its characters to contrast the decadent culture of first-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends. The protagonist, Glaucus, represents the Greeks who have been subordinated by Rome, and his nemesis Arbaces the still older culture of Egypt. Olinthus is the chief representative of the nascent Christian religion, which is presented favorably but not uncritically.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . cups were emptied and refilled at that glowing board, they sang the following strain:

BACCHIC HYMNS TO THE IMAGE OF DEATH I Thou art in the land of the shadowy Host, Thou that didst drink and love: By the Solemn River, a gliding ghost, But thy thought is ours above! If memory yet can fly, Back to the golden sky, And mourn the pleasures lost! By the ruin'd hall these flowers we lay, Where thy soul once held its palace; When the rose to thy scent and sight was gay, And the smile was in the chalice, And the cithara's voice Could bid thy heart rejoice When night eclipsed the day.

Here a new group advancing, turned the tide of the music into a quicker and more joyous strain.

II Death, death is the gloomy shore . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was just an adventure book with a historical setting. I think it had no blatant historical mistakes (I don't know much about Rome or Pompeii), and it was entertaining enough, but it didn't have me hooked, as I expected. I also expected more drama from the Vesubius eruption, but it had just a mi

Ziemlich eindimensionales Lesevergnügen mit scharfen Kontrasten

Zur Entstehungszeit war die romanhafte Gestaltung der archäologischen Funde sicherlich eine absolute Sensation, die Schicksale zu den Opfern des Ausbruchs des Vesuv absolut zu Herzen gehend. Die 1830 hoch gehaltenen Werte sind inzwischen

Most likely few people know the name of Edward Bulwer-Lytton. He authored the famous opening line “It was a dark and stormy night.” Which inspired cartoon dog Snoopy to be an author and an annual contest named for the author (human not canine). Bulwer-Litton was also the author of the famous quote:

Once wildly popular, Baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton is now best know for a couple of his quotes. One is "the pen is mightier than the sword," which is often used; the other is the opening to his novel Paul Clifford: "It was a dark and stormy night," which was later used by Charles Schulz in Peanuts, wit

للأسف الرواية سطحية والعنوان خادع ، الرواية عن قصة حب في بومبي ولم تطرق إلى كارثة بومبي إلا في الفصل الأخير تقريبا..
شاب يعشق شابة في مجتمع شهواني متفرق بين الديانات و تحكمه المادة وتأتي النهاية ساذجة فقد نجى الحب ومات الشر ..
قرأتها طمعا في رواية تدور أحداثها حول كارثة بومبي وجبل الفيزوف..

استمتعوا .

A sympathetic book for teenagers from 11 years old. It is difficult to get in the Pompeian world of the year 79 AD. The author describes little clothing, architecture, or daily life of the inhabitants of Pompeii. I guess it must be difficult to immerse yourself in Pompeii of the 1st century if you d

When I was in the third grade, I attended St Mary's School, Downers Grove, IL. Every Wednesday, we were summoned from our classroom to have this book read to us.

At least I THINK it was this book. That was 60 years ago, so who can be sure.

It was the pastor of our church, a Catholic priest, who did th

There's not a lot of point criticising Bulwer-Lytton's overblown, excessively flowery, never-use-one-word-if-you-can-use-ten style, because that was his shtick - if that's the sort of thing you like, then you'll like this. I didn't, much, I found the characters stock, the descriptions stilted and th

I read this perhaps 25 years ago, but just downloaded a copy, not remembering that I'm already familiar with it. The opening lines reminded me. Of course, being so long ago, I don't remember a lot about the reading (good reason to revisit the book,) but it did make quite an impression on me. Since I

قصة دارمية لطيفة جداً تدور أحداثها قبل حدوث بركان فيزوف بأيام ، الأيام الأخيرة لمدينة بومبي، المدينة الرومانية الشهيرة التي كانت مشهورة بالفساد والتبذير والثراء الفاحش..

مؤامرات وحب وتضحيات ومدينة تضج بالحياة والكهنة ، أجواء رومانية جميلة رصعها ليتون في روايته..

قرأتها للمرة الثانية بعد سنوات عديدة ول

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