‘Pompeii,’ by Robert Harris

Novel, 2003

Historical fiction recounting the struggle of its central character, Attilus, as he attempts to repair the Augusta aqueduct, in the shadow of the corrupt officials in and around the Bay of Naples and the rumbling Mount Vesuvius. There’s a good deal going on besides, with a love story, murder plot and a cast of characters drawn from real life, although as the action gets going, things push and pull with the weight of detail and th need to get the authenticity and research across. The narrative is compelling, though feels, ever so slightly, as if it’s fighting to get out, with strands occasionally getting in each other’s way, rather than building or complementing. For all that, a pretty decent read.

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