Augustus

Augustus Millaista on nousta maailman mahtavimman valtakunnan johtoon ja olla vastuussa tuhansien ihmisten kohtaloista John Williamsin kolmas kiitetty romaani Augustus kertoo Rooman valtakunnan perustajasta ja

  • Title: Augustus
  • Author: JohnWilliams Ilkka Rekiaro
  • ISBN: 9789522793997
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Millaista on nousta maailman mahtavimman valtakunnan johtoon ja olla vastuussa tuhansien ihmisten kohtaloista John Williamsin kolmas kiitetty romaani Augustus kertoo Rooman valtakunnan perustajasta ja ensimm isest keisarista Kuvitteellisista kirjeist , p iv kirjamerkinn ist ja muistelmista koostuva romaani tuo l helle Gaius Octaviuksen, tulevan keisari Augustuksen el mMillaista on nousta maailman mahtavimman valtakunnan johtoon ja olla vastuussa tuhansien ihmisten kohtaloista John Williamsin kolmas kiitetty romaani Augustus kertoo Rooman valtakunnan perustajasta ja ensimm isest keisarista Kuvitteellisista kirjeist , p iv kirjamerkinn ist ja muistelmista koostuva romaani tuo l helle Gaius Octaviuksen, tulevan keisari Augustuksen el m n ja my s henkil kohtaisen puolen Romaani kuvaa kiinnostavasti Rooman valtataisteluja, juonitteluja ja poliittisia kriisej , mutta my s Gaius Octaviuksen perhett , yst vi ja vihollisia.Kampustarina Stonerin ja l nnenromaani Butcher s Crossingin j lkeen Williams osoittaa j lleen kykyns uudistua kirjailijana Vuonna 1972 alun perin ilmestynyt Augustus tuo merkitt v n historiallisen ajanjakson lukijan ulottuville niin vaikuttavana, ett romaani voitti julkaisunsa j lkeen National Book Award palkinnon Viimeiseksi j neell romaanillaan Williams vakiinnutti paikkansa merkitt vien amerikkalaisten kertojien joukossa.

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    1. JohnWilliams Ilkka Rekiaro

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.John Edward Williams was born on August 29, 1922, in Clarksville, Texas, near the Red River east of Paris, Texas and brought up in Texas His grandparents were farmers his stepfather was a janitor in a post office After flunking out of junior college and holding various positions with newspapers and radio stations in the Southwest, Williams enlisted in the USAAF early in 1942, spending two and a halfa years as a sergeant in India and Burma Several years after the war, Williams enrolled in the University of Denver, where he received his B.A in 1949 and an M.A in 1950 During this period, his first novel, Nothing But the Night, was published 1948 , and his first volume of poems, The Broken Landscape, appeared the following year In the fall of 1950, Williams went to the University of Missouri, where he taught and received a Ph.D in 1954 In the fall of 1955, Williams took over the directorship of the creative writing program at the University of Denver, where he taught for than 30 years Williams s second novel, Butcher s Crossing, was published by Macmillan in 1960, followed by English Renaissance Poetry, an anthology published in 1963 by Doubleday which he edited and for which he wrote the introduction His second book of poems, The Necessary Lie, appeared in 1965 and was published by Verb Publications In 1965 he became editor of University of Denver Quarterly later Denver Quarterly until 1970 In 1965, Williams s third novel, Stoner, was published by Viking Press It has been recently been re issued by The New York Review of Books His fourth novel, Augustus, was published by Viking Press in 1973 and won the prestigious National Book Award in 1973 and remains in print.The critic Morris Dickstein has noted that, while Butcher s Crossing, Stoner, and Augustus are strikingly different in subject, they show a similar narrative arc a young man s initiation, vicious male rivalries, subtler tensions between men and women, fathers and daughters, and finally a bleak sense of disappointment, even futility Dickstein called Stoner, in particular, something rarer than a great novel it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, it takes your breath away After retiring from the University of Denver in 1986, Williams moved with his wife, Nancy, to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he resided until he died of respiratory failure on March 3, 1994 A fifth novel, The Sleep of Reason, was left unfinished at the time of his death.

    762 thoughts on “Augustus”

    1. How to describe this painstakingly detailed, compellingly readable, simply complex, fictionalised biography, that explores the high price of duty, and is set in ancient times but is painfully relevant in 2017? Not like that.There are myriad perspectives: it’s like viewing the ancient world through a kaleidoscope or the facets of a gemstone. Or maybe it’s more like a hall of mirrors and windows, where you’re barely sure which is which and what distortions there may be. Versailles, perhaps: [...]


    2. This is more than a lush recreation of the nuanced menace of diplomatic skirmishing and Machiavellian intrigue, public guilelessness and carnage that gave birth to the Roman Empire under the ruling of its first Emperor.This is more than a walk through the path of history because it takes unusual detours of borrowed memories penned by secondary historical figures that surrounded Octavius Caesar Augustus.Delivered in a non-chronological letters that carry moments of high pathos spanning over sixty [...]


    3. And yet a third perfect book by this inimitable author who was working at the very height of his powers. I now know that I will never again come across a book such as this. I actually didn’t want to finish it as I felt that I had to continue in this enthralling dream. What disturbs me, however, is the downside that when one has loved something/someone so much, those following, well to my mind anyway, will only be substitutes which in itself is rather a sad state of affairs.As I read this book [...]


    4. “One does not deceive oneself about the consequences of one's acts; one deceives oneself about the ease with which one can live with those consequences.” ― John Williams, AugustusJohn Williams read some Robert Graves and said, "Yeah, I got this Roman. I can do this." I'm trying to think of equivalent historical fiction that orbits the same level of prose mastery: Norman Mailer, Robert Graves, Hilary Mantel, E. L. Doctorow and a few others belong on this very short list. There are some writ [...]


    5. I've never been particularly interested in political novels or had any great fascination with ancient Rome, but this beautifully written novel held me transfixed nonetheless. It's a cliché to say it "brings history alive," but it does indeed bring history alive. Told in epistolary form as a compendium of letters and journal entries by characters both integral and incidental, we get to know Octavius Caesar the August from the perspective of those who love him and of those who despise him, but we [...]


    6. 4,5/5Μετά τον "Στόουνερ", δεν περίμενα κάτι σχεδόν το ίδιο σπουδαίο. Κι όμως, ο John Williams καταφέρνει και μ' αυτό να σε καθηλώσει. Παρ' ότι το θέμα δεν είναι στα ενδιαφέροντά μου, η ιδιαίτερη γραφή μου κράτησε το ενδιαφέρον ως την τελευταία σελίδα.


    7. John Williams' three novels are distinctly different from each other. Often, if you like one book by a specific author, it's safe to assume that if you pick up another, you will be served something similar - in topic, tone or language. But each of Williams' novels are - without compromise - true to their own, unique concept.So is the case with Augustus. While Stoner is mostly a campus novel and Butcher's Crossing a western, Augustus is an epistolary novel on the rise and reign of Gaius Octavius, [...]


    8. Μετά τον Στόουνερ,άλλο ένα υπέροχο αλλά και τόσο διαφορετικό βιβλίο απο τον Τζον Γουίλιαμς τον νέο μου λογοτεχνικό έρωτα.Σπάνια διαβάζω δυο βιβλία απο τον ίδιο συγγραφέα σε τόσο σύντομο χρονικό διάστημα αλλά δεν μπόρεσα να αντισταθώ στη γοητεία της αρχαίας Ρώμης με την οπ [...]


    9. Good historical fiction is some of the best fiction - this book didn't disappoint. Fans of Williams' Stoner and Butcher's Crossing will find plenty to love; the author's recognizable compact writing style and rich imagery are on display throughout this book.A reader isn't required to have a vast knowledge of Roman history between 50 BC and 50 AD, but it certainly helps. Reading this book shortly after finishing Appian's Civil Wars was the right decision for me. Williams' particular talent allows [...]


    10. “It is fortunate that youth never recognizes its ignorance, for if it did it would not find the courage to get the habit of endurance. It is perhaps an instinct of the blood and flesh which prevents this knowledge and allows the boy to become the man who will live to see the folly of his existence.”Augustus by John Williams retells the history of Gaius Octavius Thurinus, a young Roman nobleman who was the named heir of Julius Caesar. Stepping into a world of assassination, corruption and war [...]


    11. John Williams only wrote three books once he became a mature writer—his first he disowned—and they're all excellent. Unfortunately, this book is the last of the three I've read. There's a peculiar sadness when you finish the last book by one of your favorite deceased authors, the usual morose feeling of leaving a world only compounded by the knowledge you'll never again hear that voice for the first time. Kind of a bummer.The first surprise of this book was John Williams ratcheting up the di [...]


    12. cherrybookreviews.wordpress/text Το 2018 φαίνεται πως θα είναι η χρονιά που θα γνωρίσω (και θα αγαπήσω) βιβλία που κάποτε δεν θα τα κοιτούσα καν. Για αυτό θα πρέπει να ευχαριστήσω το καλύτερο κομμάτι του εαυτού μου που με έπεισε να μην είμαι τόσο αφοριστική και να δώσω μια ευκαιρία στον John William [...]


    13. I decided upon giving Williams' epistolary fiction a four-star rating, because the elegant writing—which adheres to the classical form that it emulates to an impressive degree—is a pleasure to behold, and does an admirable job of situating a handful of important personages—mostly friends, family, or rivals of the titular empire founder—within the confines of the principal themes that the author wished to explore: the alienating and intoxicating aspects of power, whether in the arena of t [...]


    14. Passione e poesia​Meraviglioso struggente ritratto di Augusto, l'imperatore e l'uomo. Insolita la tecnica narrativa, ovvero una sorta di collazione delle fonti scritte, in questo caso interamente rimaneggiate o inventate: lettere, documenti, pagine di diario, che, oltre a scandire le varie tappe della carriera politica e della vita privata di Ottaviano, calano il lettore nel clima politico e culturale dell'epoca, dall'uccisione di Giulio Cesare nel 44 a.C. fino al 14 d.C anno della morte di Au [...]


    15. diavazontas/2018/0 Πρόκειται για ένα πολυφωνικό, επιστολικό, ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα, εντυπωσιακό τόσο στη σύλληψη όσο και στην εκτέλεση. Αν και ο ίδιος ο συγγραφέας στην εισαγωγή λέει πως «αν υπάρχουν αλήθειες σε αυτό το έργο, είναι μάλλον οι αλήθειες της λογοτεχνίας παρά της Ιστορία [...]


    16. I BARBARI ASPETTANODalle note d'autore: Alcuni errori di fatto, in questo libro, sono voluti. Ho modificato l’ordine di numerosi avvenimenti. Ho inventato là dove i dati storici sono incerti o incompleti. E ho creato alcuni personaggi cui la Storia non fa cenno… Tranne poche eccezioni, i documenti che formano questo romanzo sono inventati… Ma se in questo lavoro sono presenti delle verità, sono le verità della narrativa più che della Storia. Sarò grato a quei lettori che lo accogliera [...]


    17. While I enjoyed this book, I probably should have read it rather than listening to the audiobook, which was difficult to follow at times. The story was told in the form of letters and journal entries, and out of chronological order. It was hard telling exactly where you were in the life of Augustus without being able to refer back to the headings of the chapters, which gave the date and the name of the character who was writing. I'm not sure I would have been able to follow it at all if I hadn't [...]


    18. Ένα μεγαλοφυές μυθιστόρημα για την υφή της εξουσίας. Πολύπτυχο και πολυπρισματικό. Γραμμένο ως επιστολικό αφήγημα. Είναι μεγαλείο το ότι έχουμε στα ελληνικά δύο από τα τέσσερα μυθιστορήματα του εξαιρετικού John Williams σε αψεγάδιαστες εκδόσεις.


    19. Some men rise some men fall. It is the wheel of fortune that has haunted human existence for millenia. Some in great measure, others in barely palpable shifts of misery. I am not a classicist. I've always preferred the Greek to the Romans, defending its authentic nature compared to the me-too brutishness of the legacy that followed. Leave it to Williams to strip me of my right to label and once again hammer home the universality of human existence from mortal god to political upstart or mulemong [...]


    20. This book is an epistolary which means that it is written entirely in letters. The focal point of these letters is Augustus and how he came to power in ancient Rome. It starts with the murder of Julius Cæsar in the Senate, and it follows Augustus as he grows up and becomes one of the biggest emperors of Rome. I was very excited about this story, but admittedly I was also very sceptical about it being told through letters. However, I quickly realized that this narrative style appealed to me a lo [...]


    21. Zoals bekend is de totaal vergeten John Williams sinds een paar jaar geleden weer helemaal 'hot' vanwege "Stoner", een boek dat ikzelf ook heel erg heb bejubeld. Een tijdje later kwam "Butcher's Crossing" opnieuw uit, een boek dat ik zelf duidelijk minder vond dan "Stoner", maar toch heel goed. Toen "Augustus" onlangs in nieuwe vertaling uitkwam was ik dus wel heel benieuwd: het is het enige boek van Williams dat ooit een vette prijs won (de prestigieuze National Book Award), maar zou ik het zel [...]


    22. Un libro pregevole, sebbene non all’altezza di Stoner, per quel che mi riguarda. Qualcuno ha osservato che Augustus “non è abbastanza romanzo e non è neppure abbastanza vera storia” e, forse, non ha tutti i torti. Anzi, togliamo pure il “forse”. Probabilmente è proprio questo fatto che me l’ha fatto apprezzare un po’ meno rispetto al primo. Oltre che una maggior “freddezza” espressiva, sia pur necessaria alla materia trattata e alla modalità letteraria scelta per elaborarla [...]


    23. Mi sono avvicinato a questo libro con sentimenti contrastanti: la fiducia nel consiglio di un'amica colta e sensibile; la leggera, ma insopprimibile, diffidenza verso gli scrittori del "Nuovo Mondo" che si cimentino con una Storia che non scorre nel loro DNA. Ebbene: la fiducia era ben riposta; il pre-giudizio poggiava su un assunto impreciso. Augustus è un bellissimo libro.Williams scrive bene, questa la prima annotazione: la sua scrittura invita, persuade. E da lì si parte sempre, o almeno i [...]


    24. Op aanraden van een vriendin ontleende ik dit boek uit de bibliotheek, zonder ál te hoge verwachtingen: van John Williams wordt immers niet beweerd dat hij hapklare romans schrijft. Maar het onderwerp - het oude Rome onder keizer Augustus - dát sprak mij dan weer wel aan.Het boek start bij de moord op Iulius Caesar, de oom en adoptievader van Octavius. In het eerste deel volgen we Octavius en zijn vrienden bij hun terugkeer naar Rome en de strijd tegen Marcus Antonius, met een focus op de brie [...]


    25. Un roman atipic, de vreme ce John Williams (creatorul înnebunitorului Stoner) a reușit să scrie biografia romanțată a lui Octavianus Augustus exclusiv din scrisori, fragmente de jurnal, relatări scrise (toate sau aproape toate inventate) ale celor care au trăit în perioada de la granița dintre vechea și noua eră.O realizare complicată de reinventare a istoriei, dar foarte bine pusă în pagină, cu personaje puternice și bine conturate. În prim plan, desigur Augustus - un om care a [...]


    26. Mike Duncan makes Octavian sound like a spoiled little asshat with a cruel streak, but he was ultimately successful in creating a stable bureaucracy (and outliving most of his descendants, despite his constant illnesses). I could get into what makes the Princeps tick. Although this cover is pretty creepy ---------I wonder, if he saw me, would he recognize what he has become? Would he recognize the caricature that all men become of themselves? I do not believe that he would.This is a gorgeously w [...]


    27. Do you see what I mean, my dear Strabo? There is so much that is not said. I almost believe that the form has not been devised that will let me say what I need to say. (Letter: Nicolaus of Damascus to Strabo of Amasia, 18 B.C.)Augustus is a work of fictional biography, told through imagined letters, diaries, poems, etc written by a wide range of historical figures, and by stating and then restating known events through these various points of view over forty years or so, author John Williams cap [...]


    28. Augustus is an epistolary novel set in classical Rome. This is written by John Williams, an author I haven´t read before. Many favourable reviews of Stoner which came into my way lately made me very curious about Williams´ work. He seems to have written only great novels. Not many though, but it says that all can be placed on the great American novel bookshelf. So when I saw Augustus at my library, I knew the time was right.In Augustus Williams tells the story of the founder of the Roman Empir [...]


    29. I was lucky that my library carries this out-of print book. Unfortunately, reading with the group were a lonely experienced since only a few people were able to get their hands on this rare gem.Now, on to the review.The first thing that hit me when I received the book was, how terrible looking the cover is. It was the one with the aged bronze statue of Augustus. It was so off putting that I had to cover the book with brown paper to finally able to start my reading (and people said don't judge th [...]


    30. Verrassend leesbaar. Net als bij Stoner enorm doeltreffend. Mijn kennis van de romeinen is eerder beperkt maar dat was niet echt een probleem. Wat opzoekwerk maakte me nieuwsgierig naar bijvoorbeeld de boeken van Robert Harris over Cicero.Prachtige geschiedenis. Machtige personages. Mij deed het denken aan Pieter Daens van Lp Boon. De brieven, de verslagen de sfeer alsof je erbij bent. Toegankelijk en zelfs 1000den jaren later nog relevant. Of het nu de sociale strijd was in Aalst of de strijd o [...]


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