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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Despite inflicting two of the greatest defeats in Roman history on her legions, Hannibal was unable to take the city or, indeed, to sway many of Rome’s allies in Italy, and spent over a decade fruitlessly ravaging the Italian peninsula until recalled to Africa to meet a Roman counter-invasion and defeat at Zama.

This all adds together to give a very sterile read and, along with rather pretentious yet discordant phrasing, makes this a hard book to fall headlong into or get the same kind of appeal from as other, more immersive historical fiction.

What are we to make of the hannial and murder of the year-old Iraqi girl and slaughter of her family by US troops only a few years ago? And quite a contrast to Scipio Africanus the first of this trilogy for me.

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I asked for it because my knowledge of the Punic Wars is limited and I’ve always preferred getting information through reading good stories – even if I later have to revise some of it because the author has stretched the known facts as far as the unknown. The Invasion of Gaul.

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The book’s well written, evokes the violence convincingly, is crammed with period detail, and has elephants. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

He is haninbal a full time writer living in Edinburgh. And heinous crimes are haninbal against him. She is raped and killed. I can’t help but feel Leckie should have taken more creative freedom when it came to that side of the Hannibal story.

Selected pages Title Page. Though somewhat confusing to read for school, it was a very good book. Highly recommended but not for the faint-hearted.

Starting, as he advises, with the feet, one saw that the horns of the hooves were deep before and behind; when he stamped, as he was doing now just missing the groom’s foothannobal made a ringing sound like a cymbal Yet at the same time its psychological exploration of the great Carthaginian commander Hannibal is surprisingly deep and convincing, as is the multi-faceted explanation it offers as to why he failed to follow up his victories in Italy With it’s startlingly succinct, almost laconic prose, this novel really has the ‘ugh’ factor; its battle scenes make you squirm every bit as effectively as the biggest-budget Hollywood films achieve with gallons of tomato ketchup liberally spraying the camera-lens.

Roman Legion at War. Without me, they would have been crucified by the Romans.

This is a decent book, but incomplete by itself. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Wars of peckie Roses: Jul 07, Diana Sandberg rated it really liked it Shelves: Hannibal Ross Leckie No preview available – Dec 11, Hilary G rated it did not like it Shelves: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


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Canongate BooksApr 21, – Fiction – pages. Highly reco Ah, the action, the gore, the skill. To ask other readers questions about Hannibalplease sign up.

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Hannibal’s an interesting figure, and the lessons never really made me understand him. Nov 25, Vasil rated it did not like it. He stamped, just missing the groom’s foot, and his hooves made a ringing sound like a cymbal The Carthage Trilogy 1.

Though the author touches upon the inner life of Hannibal, it’s too tentative and too facile to be convincing. Considering the previous fiction book I’d read was the far superior Hannibal: Lists with This Book. The series is an excellent introduction to the history of the period, but while the second book makes strange changes to history, this one is forced to invent a great deal, as essentially no reliable historical accounts about Hannibal survive.

I would have expected much more internal dialogue from a tale written in the first person and don’t buy that he would not let himself recognise his ‘weaker’ sides.

I rounded up to four stars, but more accurately I’d rate this 3.