Counting the Stars review Ò 3

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In the heat of Rome's long summer the poet Catullus and his older married lover Clodia Metelli meet in secret Living at the heart of sophisticated brittle and brutal Roman society at the time of Pompey Crassus and Julius Caesar Catullus is obsessed with Clodia the Lesbia of his most passionate poems He is jealous of her husband of her maid even. Odi et amo I hate and I love Catullus s ambivalent feelings towards mea puella my girl Clodia poured out in his Lesbia poems This novel is the author s imagining of the course of their passionate affair Catullus is absolutely besotted and obsessed with the woman and she a brutal tease leading him on into the abyss There were a couple of subplots one involving the death of Clodia s husband due to a possible poisoning and Catullus s search to find what poison was used and who might have committed the murder also a section involving Catullus and his loyal freedman Lucius and a possible return to Catullus s home town to manage the family s property after the death of his brother I felt the course of the love affair has been overdone in literature The most interesting part to me was the investigation Even after discovering what kind of woman Clodia is Catullus STILL believes her lies Dun portrayed her as femme fatale practically as a psychopath at least completely amoral selfish manipulative and narcissistic and Catullus a dupe fooling himself caught in her toils I hadn t time for either of them Lucius and Aemilia the slave gained some sympathy The story just flowed with Dun s elegant writing

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Of her pet sparrow And Clodia Catullus is 'her dear poet' but possibly not her only interestTheir Rome Counting the PDFEPUBis a city of extremes Tenants are packed into ramshackle apartment blocks while palatial villas house the magnificence of the families who control Rome Armed street gangs clash in struggles for political power Slaves are t. Very little is known about the life of the Roman poet Catullus but several of his poems have survived A little is known about the most likely original for his lover Lesbia patrician wife Clodia Metelli but much of that is rumour and speculation The author has taken the poems the rumours and the few facts and built a very human story of a love affair amid the politics and machinations of late republican Rome the most populous city of the timeIt is a very enjoyable book

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He eyes and ears of everything that goes on while civilization and violence are euals murder is the easy option and poison the weapon of choiceCatallus' relationship with Clodia is one of the most intense passionate tormented and candid in history In love and in hate their story exposes the beauty and terrors of Roman life in the late Republic.. Catullus was a controversial figure in the final juiciest years of republican Rome part of a group of new young poets who wrote plainly and scurrilously openly slandering influential figures in their verse such as Caeser himself The Lesbia of Catullus s poems is generally considered to be Clodia Metelli daughter of a patrician family and wife to the conservative consul Metellus Celer She was a notorious adulterer believed to have poisoned her husband and suspected of incest with her brother the populist tribune Publius Clodius Pulcher It sounds like an explosive affair rightUnfortunately you wouldn t know that from the drabness of Dun s narrative This is obviously intended to represent a great love between a poet and his muse a consuming passion where you burn with an uncontrollable fire but Dun s lightweight rendering reduces it to the status of a mere fling a childish cloying indulgence between two empty headed sensualistsThis period is so replete with towering historical figures so rich in drama and intrigue yet save for a second hand account of one of Cicero s most famous orations Dun may just as well have presented an affair between a post master and a vicar s daughter set somewhere in the modern day home counties In addition the constant proliferation of prurient gossipy asides and interjections from a chorus of imaginary citizens really annoyed me only serving to hinder an already exasperating narrativeDun is a successful poet as well as an Orange prize winning novelist so she must have written better than this


10 thoughts on “Counting the Stars

  1. says:

    This book follows the historical characters of the poet Catullus and his lover Clodia during the Rome of Julius Caesar Catullus is involved with his scandalous lover who also happens to be married and he's a tortured artist writing poems about her and suffering the agony of not being able to marry her and be with her alwaysI enjoy

  2. says:

    Fictional take on the historic love affair between the poet Catullus and Clodia scandal followed sister of rabble rousing and eually notorious Clodius Written in a similar style to The Siege in a third party present tense mainly around one narrator – here Catullus which lends a sense of immediacy and oppression – whic

  3. says:

    Odi et amo I hate and I love Catullus's ambivalent feelings towards mea puella my girl Clodia poured out in his Lesbia poems This novel is the author's imagining of the course of their passionate affair Catullus is absolutely besotted and obsessed with the woman and she a brutal tease leading him on into the a

  4. says:

    Very little is known about the life of the Roman poet Catullus but several of his poems have survived A little is known about the most likely original for his lover 'Lesbia' patrician wife Clodia Metelli but much of that is rumour and speculation The author has taken the poems the rumours and the few facts and built a very human story of a love affair amid the politics and machinations of late republican Rome the most populous city of th

  5. says:

    This is a love story launched with sensuality and seduction with infidelity close at hand‘You find a little beach and slip off your clothes

  6. says:

    Not for me ended up skipping uite a lot and didn't feel I'd missed much

  7. says:

    Not that keen on this one Didn't care for the characters and had an unfinished feel to the ending

  8. says:

    At first when I started reading this novel I wondered why Helen Dun didn’t tell the story from Clodia’s point of view After all Clodia is a

  9. says:

    Catullus was a controversial figure in the final juiciest years of republican Rome part of a group of new young poets who wrote plainly and scurrilously openly slandering influential figures in their verse such as Caeser himself The Lesbia of Catullus's poems is generally considered to be Clodia Metelli daughter of a patrician family and wife to the conservative consul Metellus Celer She was a notorious adulterer beli

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book fairly well but there were often moments that jolted me out of the story There are weird shifts in tense perspective and time that I think are meant to be artistic but often than not they just end up being jarring A lot of the poem translations are really nice but some are just stupid Excrucior does not mean I feel crucifiction come on now And all the while you sort of have to keep in mind that Catullus was a poet not