I didn't like this book as much as "My Name Is Red" or "Snow." I found it to be tedious and too deep into the minutia. I suppose telling a story about and obsessed man has to have it to a degree, so you get and idea of what an obsessed mind is like, but it was really difficult to hang in there for the end. I suppose that I did is indicative of my enjoyment of the story, but being a bit obsessive myself, I couldn't leave it unfinished.
Perhaps, but I doubt it.
I thought the narrator was excellent. He certainly enunciates clearly.
The Punic wars are an interesting period.
I have a fondness for historically accurate fiction, and particularly, well researched historically accurate fiction. This book seemed to be trying to give us a picture of Hannibal, and Carthaginians as sub-Saharan Africans. It's not accurate, and the author seemed to go out of his way to try to indicate that it is. If it were an occasional inference, it wouldn't matter, but after a while, it became evident that he was trying to make it an issue. I thought the narrative suffered from it.
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