Item description for Spartacus (Polyg9on Lewis Grassic Gibbon) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon & Ian Campbell...
Overview This historical novel, based on an intimate knowledge of the historical background and a perceptive understanding of human nature, is a fictional adventure, and a history of people in the grip of exploitation and oppression.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2005
ISBN 1904598560 ISBN13 9781904598565
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More About Lewis Grassic Gibbon & Ian Campbell
Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the pen name of James Leslie Mitchell (1901-1935), had a brief journalistic career before joining the Royal Army Service Corps in 1919, serving in Persia, India, and Egypt before he spent six years as a clerk in the RAF. He became a full-time writer in 1929, and published several short stories and articles, a nonfiction book, and seven novels under his real name. As Gibbon, he authored the Scots Quair trilogy: "Sunset Song," "Cloud Howe," and "Grey Granite." An unfinished novel, "The Speak of the Mearns," was published posthumously in 1982.
Lewis Grassic Gibbon was born in 1901 and died in 1935.
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A flawed novel of striking narrative style May 3, 2008
The strength of this novel is its strong prose style, a style that Ian Campbell has correctly described as "flexible and arresting." (xxvi) The novel's weakness is its limited characterization. For all its fine evocative passages, the characters are flat and fail to develop. Perhaps we can excuse former slaves for being emotionally stunted, but the reader may soon cease to care whether such people live or die.
And die they all do. This is a novel littered with corpses. Even though Mitchell, writing in the 1930s, could not have anticipated the sort of blood lust in which twenty-first-century Hollywood wallows, his numerous unpleasant deaths, coolly observed, are still multiple deaths from which the humanity has been drained.
Finally, mention should be made of what Campbell calls Mitchell's "occasionally injudicious reliance on one effect." (xxix) Some characters have a leitmotif that follows them insistently (and sometimes irritatingly) through the story. The author also has a fascination with Latin, Greek, and obscure English words. Although the reader can usually deduce what the unknown word must mean, occasionally Mitchell goes overboard, as when he writes that "beyond the horreum itself, through a fence of osiers, the steadings of a farm loomed." (56)
Amazing! Oct 21, 2007
This novel is an amazing masterpiece of prose. I cannot praise this book enough! The opening scene is one of the most memorable and epic works of writing I have ever read.
Great read Mar 12, 2007
I don't understand why this isn't at the top of the Spartacus search. The movie was adapted from THIS novel, why would anything be above it? Excellent novel, and a must-have for those who love history and/or historical fiction.
Absolutely Fantastic Jul 16, 2006
I just finished reading this book. It was absolutely fantastic. The author's command of the English language...his use of imagery, metaphor, symbolism, foreshadowing..etc was made this book a joy to read.
Immensely rich Jan 24, 2002
Lewis Grassic Gibbon (or James Leslie Mitchell) has written a novel of Spartacus that is as refreshing as it is clearly one of the forerunners of historical fiction. Opening through the eyes of the eunuch Kleon and his mission to find the heroic leader of the Slaves the novel centers more around Spartacus 'inner circle' and his relationship with Elpinice. Book I is told through Kleon and deals with the period up to the defeat after the Battle of the Lake. Books II and III with Spatracus' victories until we move towards the well-known and inexorable end on the Appian way at the hands of Marcus Licinius Crassus at the end of Book VI. The novel ends as it begins, with Kleon, and his crucifixion The novel is well written, well-paced and pauses sufficiently to voice greater philospohical views than historical novels of the current generation. It is easy to see why this has been heralded as one of the great novels of its genre.