A battle is like lust. The frenzy passes. Consequence remains. So reflects the year-old Hannibal as he recounts the trials of a battle commander’s life in British. Title: Hannibal Author(s): Ross Leckie ISBN: / (UK edition) Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Availability: Amazon Amazon UK. Ross Leckie, in Hannibal (Canongate, UK, ), has chosen a more difficult option. There can be few readers who don’t already know that.

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Similarly, the picture painted of Hannibal’s childhood and relations I had mixed feelings about this book, as one can see from the grading. Other books in the series. Ratings and Reviews 0 2 star ratings 0 reviews. Probably as close as we’re likely to get to a portrait habnibal Hannibal and his age, very satisfying both for the authentic feel of the book and as an exciting, moving story. And quite a lrckie to Scipio Africanus the first of this trilogy for me. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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I’m kind of cheap anyway. One of the problems with historical fiction is that the reader is likely to have a fairly clear idea of what happens. A first-person telling of the life of Hannibal, very well done.

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Not so good for sensitive souls. Hannibal sounded whiny and dull. Battle of the Danube. This is Historical Fiction at its best! He leaves his wife unprotected while he chases a Roman consul. Amazon Leckje Refurbished products with a warranty. I somehow have a bit of a hard time envisioniing Hannibal as quite as shallow as the book portrays him, kinda running out of motivation and desire while in Italy and just hanging out.


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But it’s been stuck in my mind ever since. A tragic chronicle of love and hate, heroism and cruelty, Hannibal is a dramatic and ultimately nourishing exploration of the inner life and epic consequences of one of humanity’s greatest adventurers and most bloodthirsty leaders.

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My only quibble with the treatment of Hannibal’s youth is two lecjie borrowings from Mary Renault’s Fire from Heaven. It was kind of monotone. There’s a long period of time between my initial handful of pages and my wanting to wrap this book up this week. It’s intentionally gruesome, I think, to show the contract between Hannibal and his Roman antagonist, Scipio Africanus. In fact, at numerous times, it’s quite frustrating and takes dedication to even keep reading.

An outstanding feature is the unflinching portrayal of the almost unimaginable brutality of the times. And, to be honest, are we all that much better?

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On the other hand, there is a real sense of being there, and then, it made me very glad to be born in a time when impaling and crucifixion are stories, not punishments the state deals out. I like the idea of it. I don’t mean that he writes without regard for style or characterization, although that’s true too.

To ask other readers questions about Hannibalplease sign up. See all 28 reviews. One small complaint, addressed not to Leckie but to his publisher. Ross Leckie not only presents a vivid re-creation of the great struggle of the Punic wars and the profoundly bloody battle for Rome, but also succeeds in bringing the alm “A battle is like lust.

The story begins in Hannibal’s childhood, and a third of the book passes before he embarks on his long war against Rome. And the character didn’t conform to my historical impression of him.

I had mixed feelings about this book, as one can see from the grading. I read for pleasure, not to induce a permanent state of nausea. Dec 11, Hilary G rated it did not like it Shelves: