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August 2, 2021

#Classic Mémoires d’Hadrien

by N@ncy



  • I was a little disappointed with this book.
  • I had the impression I was reading pages from an
  • encyclopedia in the first person.
  • Strong point: I did learn a lot about Hadrian and the people around him.
  • Weak point: Most of my knowledge was gleaned from wikipedia!
  • Yourcenar’s writing style is dense and her rich
  • vocabulary weighted down the narrative.
  • I had to look up so many words.
  • I missed an easy reading flow I expected in a historical novel.
  • The book was a bit too philosophical for my taste.
  • Best chapter: unfortunately it was the last one
  • …so it took me 7 days to reach this point!
  • Hadrian feels his health is rapidly failing and he
  • walks the reader through his choices for succession
  • …and thoughts about his approaching death.
  • It was quite moving.
  • Will read M. Yourcenar again?
  • ….I think not, this was enough for me.


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