Pride of Carthage: A Novel of Hannibal

Pride of Carthage: A Novel of Hannibal

by David Anthony Durham

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Pride of Carthage: A Novel of Hannibal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading about history,especially historical fiction. (It just brings life to the characters.) This book is a good read for anyone who wants to get an idea of the second punic war and Hannible. However, some of the character building was a little cheesy and the little side love story seemed very out of place. Towards the end of the book the characters seemed to take stride, but it took work.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite the subject matter (at least for me), Mr. Durham's work is very readable. He manages to combine historical wars with a more intimate sense of the people involved. But at the same time I didn't feel like I was reading a modern story covered in the trappings of a historical period. I was left with a sense of the hopelessness of a people forever embroiled in war and bloodshed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical that a writer I hadn't heard of before was likely to pull it off. The Punic Wars are so large and complex. How do you get it all in one book? There have been few attempts, and mostly they've been lame. Hannibal's whole thing doesn't begin or end with crossing the Alps or with Cannae. There was so much more to it than that. I was ready to get really annoyed if this thing sucked. Luckily, it doesn't suck. Just the opposite. It takes all of the complexity of Hannibal's war and runs with it. I find very little of the historical record excluded or changed in this novel. Some time lines are altered, and at times the author does things that historians can't. The novel goes into hearts and minds the way historical works can't. I know some people may not like the version of Hannibal and his family that Durham gives us, but that's why this is called a novel. It's fiction! He makes them living and breathing people with loves, flaws, desires, fears, etc.. Did Hannibal love his wife and son? Sure, why not? It might or might not be true, but it makes for good reading to have that sort of emotional baggage effecting everything else. I agree that this novel is a lot more 'literary' than most war novels. The characters are multi-dimensional. Good and bad aren't so clear cut all the time. There are sympathetic characters (and villains) on both sides. The writing gets poetic at times. There are multiple meanings to be found in things like the title, for instance. 'Pride' of lions is one, as another reviewer pointed out. Could also be that Hannibal was the pride of his country - an admired son. Or could be that Carthage had too much pride. All these things make sense, and it was obviously intentional on the author's part. By the end I think this is as much about the emotional damage/scars of war as it is about battles and glory and heroes. If you don't like to be challenged by a novel this may not be the book for you. But if you don't mind a bit of 'literature' mixed in with your bloodshed give this a try. I think it's one of best historical novels you'll come across.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was truly a work of art. Durham goes above and far beyond any expectation I had when I first picked it up. From the very first page Durham grabs you by the throat and sends you on a whirling, epic adventure through the second Punic War. The story is only further accented by the immensly rich characters who the reader cannot help but form an almost emotional bond with. Only at the end of the novel, when you finally catch your breath, do you realize the profound character analysis of the legendary Hannibal that Durham instills in the pages. This novel srceams brilliance from the plains of Africa to the peaks of the Pyrenees. I will certainly be looking forward to anything else this author has to offer in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pride of Carthage is a hell of a novel. Really, it's big, grand, full of great characters and dramatic scenes and twists and turns of fate. I know something about Hannibal and Scipio and I think the author does a great job of making history into fiction, etc. I hated that the book had to end and that it had to end with Hannibal's defeat, but that's the way it happened. Can't change that much as far as that goes. Listen, as an overview of the Second Punic War this novel is excellent. As a work of art it's pretty great too. Should definitely be a must read for anyone who loves reading about the ancient world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was layed out well and had an amazing depth to almost every scene and chapter. It gave you a wonderous sense to each character and the relationships to one another. The detailing allowed for your mind to create the images laid out before you in print. Sadly....I thought the ending left a little to desire. It was as if the author ran out of time or could not afford more pages. It left me feeling empty as to the final outcome of Carthage after the battle of Zama. What happend specifically to his immediate family and child? Although I'll admit it forced me to do some research on my own to find these answers. Wonderful read and I recommend it to anyone.