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The Dream of Scipio Three Narratives, Set In The Fifth, Fourteenth, And Twentieth Centuries, All Revolving Around An Ancient Text And Each With A Love Story At Its Center, Are The Elements Of This Ingenious Novel, A Follow Up To The Bestselling, An Instance Of The Fingerpost May Well Be The Best Historical Mystery Ever Written, Proclaimed The Sunday Boston Globe About Iain Pears S An Instance Of The Fingerpost, While Booklist Called Its Publication A Major Literary Event Iain Pears S International Bestseller Was Greeted With Front Page Reviews A Crafty, Utterly Mesmerizing Intellectual Thriller The Washington Post Book World , Named A New York Times Notable Book, And Hailed As A Book To Remember By The New York Public Library Now He Returns With A Greatly Anticipated Novel That Is So Brilliantly Constructed, The Author Himself Describes It As A Complexity The Centuries Are The Fifth The Final Days Of The Roman Empire The Fourteenth The Years Of The Black Death And The Twentieth World War II The Setting For Each Is The Same Provence And Each Has At Its Heart A Love Story The Narratives Intertwine Seamlessly, But What Joins Them Thematically Is An Ancient Text The Dream Of Scipio A Work Of Neo Platonism That Poses Timeless Philosophical Questions What Is The Obligation Of The Individual In A Society Under Siege What Is The Role Of Learning When Civilization Itself Is Threatened, Whether By Acts Of Man Or Nature Does Virtue Lie In Engagement Or In Neutrality Power Without Wisdom Is Tyranny Wisdom Without Power Is Pointless, Warns One Of Pears S Characters.


10 thoughts on “The Dream of Scipio

  1. says:

    Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says In The Dream of Scipio, the acclaimed author of An Instance of the Fingerpost intertwines three intellectual mysteries, three love stories and three of the darkest moments in human history United by a classical text called The Dream of Scipio, three men struggle to find refuge for their hearts and minds from the madness that surrounds themin the final days of the Roman Empire, in the grim years of the Black Death, and in the direst hours of World War Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says In The Dream of Scipio, the acclaimed author of An Instance of the Fingerpost intertwines three intellectual mysteries, three love stories and three of the darkest moments in human history United by a classical text called The Dream of Scipio, three men struggle to find refuge for their hearts and minds from the madness that surrounds themin the final days of the Roman Empire, in the grim years of the Black Death, and in the direst hours of World War II.My Revie...


  2. says:

    I bought and read The Dream of Scipio because I really enjoyed Pears s An Instance of the Fingerpost, which was a thoroughly engaging, immersive historical mystery In comparison, The Dream of Scipio while ambitious just like its predecessor falls a little short The Dream of Scipio follows the life of three very different men, all of whom lived in Provence in three different centuries, during various times of...


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    This book tells the three most tragic and beautiful stories I have ever read Each takes place in Avignon, but in a different era of crisis the loss of Gaul from the Roman Empire, the Black Death arriving during the split in the Roman Church, and the Occupation in WWII Each successive narrator is aware of his predecessor s , respects them and wishes to understand them, to better handle themselves in their own time of crisis and to better serve the incredible women they love I think only one This book tells the three most tragic and beautiful stories I have ...


  4. says:

    Some interesting facts concerning this booK 1 According to Wikipedia, The Dream of Scipio Latin, Somnium Scipionis , written by Cicero, is the sixth book of De re publica, and describes a fictional dream vision of the Roman genera...


  5. says:

    Some books we read for pleasure, some for intrigue, some for thought provoking stimulus Given the nature of this book three interwoven stories across three time periods fall of the roman empire, the black plague in 1350s, and WWII France I find it required a lot of concentration especially during my early morning commute and late at night Occasionally, I d have to back track a few pages to figure out where some character or detail first appeared not easy to do when the stories change ever Some books we read for pleasure, some for intrigue, some for thought provoking stimulus Given the nature of this book three interwoven stories across three time periods fall of the roman empire, the black plague in 1350s, and WWII France I find it required a lot of concentration especially during my early morning commute and late at night Occasional...


  6. says:

    So the other day Yann and I were talking about food as one does here and the in laws The conversation centered around the kiwi question, which is as follows I do not particularly like kiwis, but neither do I particularly dislike them I am happy to eat a kiwi which is placed in front of me, without objection or disgust, but I do not necessarily take great pleasure in eating them either They re fine They re moyen They re edible, but I wouldn t cross the street for one I am unable to succes So the other day Yann and I were talking about food as one does here and the in laws The conversation centered around the kiwi question, which is as follows I ...


  7. says:

    This was one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read The theme introduced is how one participates in epochs of change Set in three different time periods in Provence, France, the novel explores how three different men make decisions about the preservation of culture They are Manlius Hippomanes, living in the decline of the Roman empire Olivier de Noyen living during the Italian Renaissance with the exiled papacy and Julien Barneuve a scholar during the Nazi occupation I am familiar w This was one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read The theme introduced is how one participates in epochs of change Set in three different time periods in Provence, France, the novel explores how three different men make decisions about the preservation of culture They are Manlius Hippomanes, living in the decline of the Roman empire Olivier de Noyen living during the Italian Renaissance with the exiled papacy and Julien Barneuve a scholar during the Nazi occupation I am familiar with the Dream of Scipio, but the novel takes it s title from the reflections of Manlius who is cannonized as a Chri...


  8. says:

    Beautiful book that deals mainly with the question of how to preserve civilisation set in various times of great trouble, disease, war and stress The conclusion or essence of the book, and an excerpt that stuck with me, I found on page 370 371, when Julien talks to Marcel during WWII I thought in this simple contrast between the civilised and the barbaric, but I was wrong It is the civilised wo are truly barbaric, and the Germans are merely the supreme expression of...


  9. says:

    This is that rare thing a book I gave up on I realised after 100 pages or so that I was actually dreading reading it a disappointment, as I loved An Instance of the Fingerpost A Novelby the same author.


  10. says:

    Iain Pears is everybody s fantasy of the ultimate history teacher At least for people whose fantasies extend to history teachers His popular mysteries, so intricately woven from the threads of the past, have given the genreclass and intellectual depth than it s ever had His latest novel, The Dream of Scipio, is another category buster, a work of such philosophical and cultural complexity that its greatest mystery is How can Pears know so much Pears s canvas has never been larger Iain Pears is everybody s fantasy of the ultimate history teacher At least for people whose fantasies extend to history teachers His popular mysteries, so intricately woven from the threads of the past, have given the genreclass and intellectual depth than it s ever had His latest novel, The Dream of Scipio, is another category buster, a work of such philosophical and cultural complexity that its greatest mystery is How can Pears know so much Pears s canvas has never been larger Western culture , o...


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