Fascinated me Revealed how the people of Pompeii lived, what their daily lives were like As the author describes the volcano erupting, I felt that I was right there and could feel what the people felt I read this way before there was much information out or any movies made so it was just mind boggling to me Made me want to visit and see the ruins. Once wildly popular, Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton is now best know for a couple of his quotes One is the pen is mightier than the sword, which is often used the other is the opening to his novel Paul Clifford It was a dark and stormy night, which was later used by Charles Schulz in Peanuts, with Snoopy s attempts at writing a novel always starting with that line. In 1834 Bulwer Lytton published The Last Days of Pompeii, a potboiler about the days leading up the August 14, 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius He has a network of characters, heroes and villains, that get into tight spots, but all goes poof when the mountain erupts and the town is buried in ash. The main characters are Glaucus, an Athenian, who is in love with the beautiful Ione But she is also loved by the Egyptian Arbaces, who turns out to a m Last Days Of Pompeii Was One Of The Most Popular English Historical Novels Of The Nineteenth Century It Tells The Story Of The Virtuous Greeks Glaucus And Ione, Their Escape From Pompeii Amid The Eruption Of Vesuvius In CE, And Their Eventual Conversion To Christianity, Against A Background Of Roman Decadence And Corrupt Eastern Trailer ¾ The Last Days of Pompeii PDF by Ã Edward Bulwer-Lytton Religion I read this perhaps 25 years ago, but just downloaded a copy, not remembering that I m already familiar with it The opening lines reminded me Of course, being so long ago, I don t remember a lot about the reading good reason to revisit the book, but it did make quite an impression on me Since I was a teenager, I ve watched many documentaries that reference Pompeii, and have a fascination with volcanoes In 1980, Mt St Helens erupted, the top 1 3 of the mountain disappearing in a moment I was 9 years old We were near enough to the mountain to see it, but far enough away to make the catastrophe only a moderate inconvenience I remember standing on my Aunt s back deck and watching the ash plume drifting east Over the next several weeks, ash settled on everything, and our neighbors closer to the volcano had to cope with ashy air, ash in and on all of their posse When I was in the third grade, I attended St Mary s School, Downers Grove, IL Every Wednesday, we were summoned from our classroom to have this book read to us. At least I THINK it was this book That was 60 years ago, so who can be sure. It was the pastor of our church, a Catholic priest, who did the reading. It is a memory seared into my brain at least the memory of sitting in an aluminum folding chair in the gym hearing some Vesuvius tale being read to me. When asked what book I enjoyed being read to me, this is what I remembered. I will have to read it again someday just to see if this was the one Of course, if it turns out to not be the one, I will be devastated. This was just an adventure book with a historical setting I think it had no blatant historical mistakes I don t know much about Rome or Pompeii , and it was entertaining enough, but it didn t have me hooked, as I expected I also expected drama from the Vesubius eruption, but it had just a mild effect on the main characters lives. What made me give this book just two stars was 1 Flat characters Good ones were really good ones Bad ones were evil Good ones win without much effort and just in time and bad ones die because of God s Wrath 2 I don t agree with Christian views most of the time And this author introduced too much of them It felt like being a child scolded for not loving and appreciating Christ enough And everyone who was good was converted to the true religion a ò The Last Days of Pompeii ☆ 1834 79
The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer Lytton in 1834 It shouldn t surprise you to know that the novel is about the destruction of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A. D 79, better known as a really, really long time ago The novel was inspired by the painting The Last Day of Pompeii by the Russian painter Karl Briullov, which Bulwer Lytton had seen in Milan I m going to look that up in a few minutes When I looked up the author I found that his entire name was Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton I wonder how long it took him to learn all that when he was little and to remember all that when he was older I don t have the strength to type all that or the patience so I m just calling him Bulwer Lytton at best I also found thisIn August 1827, against his mother s wis A sympathetic book for teenagers from 11 years old It is difficult to get in the Pompeian world of the year 79 AD The author describes little clothing, architecture, or daily life of the inhabitants of Pompeii I guess it must be difficult to immerse yourself in Pompeii of the 1st century if you do not already know History. To the credit of the author who wrote this book in the 19th century, we now know now a lot about this period, so he did with the docs he had, I guess For example, I visited the Coliseum in Rome last year I learned a lot about gladiators, and that s different from what Mr Bulwer Lytton shows. This said, the story is nice and the characters are good It s worth meeting Julia, Glaucus, Ione Nydia, the young blind slave is an interesting girl. The Egyptian priest Arbaces is an awful villain who does not believe in the Gods which he wants people to believe in He m .
About The Author
Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of his day, who coined such phrases as the great unwashed , pursuit of the almighty dollar , the pen is mightier than the sword , and the infamous incipit It was a dark and stormy night He was the youngest son of General William Ear