Brilliantly evoking the world of the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War, Bryher creates a common man's view of the greatest struggle in which ancient Rome engaged through the lives of two Greek traders.
"The thick dust of history and change that hides the people of the Roman Empire from us, acts for Bryher like a dark tunnel intensifying the brilliant scene beyond." (Christian Science Monitor)
This is a book that should never have been published. It lacks a strong story line. The narrative is trite. There is no action, no moral, and no insight. With no clear purpose, the editor should have sent the manuscript back to the author. Sad business this.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book is one in which the author tries to weave the life stories of various individuals into the scenery and time of anchient Rome and Carthage. The main characters in various preposterous situations keep running into each other and thus interweaving their experiences of the time. This is a fine book for primary school entertainment, but grossly lacking any depth or insight into the times. A very superficial and disappointing waste of valuable time, unfortunately.
If only Alan Furst or John La Carre had written a book on this time in history.
Finally, the recording would repeatedly skip back by 5-10 seconds, this occurred numerous times and was in the recording itself. Thus, adding insult to drudgery and tedious frustration.
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What disappointed you about The Coin of Carthage?
If you're looking for a story set during the Punic Wars and weaving the plot into the times, look elsewhere. This is a quintessentially boring story about lifeless characters that could have been set on any farm during any time period.
Has The Coin of Carthage turned you off from other books in this genre?
No connection to the era, no scholarship, no plot or character development, no action.
Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favorite?
What character would you cut from The Coin of Carthage?
The entire book. It's not of publishable quality.
Any additional comments?
Nothing remotely interesting, let alone exciting.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful