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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At some point in the book, you’re just like “put that hanniball through your throat already, for heaven’s sake! On the other hand, there is a real sense of being there, and then, it made me very glad to be born in a time when impaling and crucifixion are stories, not punishments the state deals out.

Want to Read saving…. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. One Response to Ross Leckie: How is this different from the Romans’ rape and murder of Hannibal’s wife, Similce, and Hannibal’s response in butchering the pregnant Roman captives? There are ways around this, of course. I knew that they would mutiny in Africa. We’re told of Hannibal’s obsession, of his overwhelming love for wife and son though not so overwhelming that he balks at taking them over the Alps in winterof his sudden realization of revenge’s futility, etc.

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


You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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 eoss a Roman counter-invasion and defeat at Zama.

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’m kind of cheap anyway. Notify me of new comments via email. In this breathtaking chronicle of love and hate, heroism and cruelty, one of humanity’s greatest adventurers is brought to life, who learns through suffering that man is but a shadow of a dream. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I hoped this book would help, but it ended up being, despite the first person narration, too superficial.

A battle is like lust. The Leckie story of someone like Hannibal being destroyed by his wife’s death and rape and going downhill from there Would you like us to take another look at this review?

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It’s impossible to believe when the style is reminiscent of some Cecil B. Eventually, he returns to his obsession but too late to fulfill it.

Hannibal (Carthage, book 1) by Ross Leckie

Probably as close as we’re likely to get to a portrait of Hannibal and his age, very satisfying both for the authentic feel of the book and as an exciting, moving story. It is now a world heritage site.


ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. And quite a contrast to Scipio Africanus the first of this trilogy for me.

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Introspective, educated on the Greeks, Hannibal has never been presented quite like this. Most interesting story of a remarkable elckie, with great persistence in planning and a lot of guts.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But Leckie will have more to say about Hannibal’s legacy, completing the tragic portrait in two further books of a trilogy. And, to hnnibal honest, are we all that much better? Blood, gore and lust This book is an ancient sojourn into roas heart and soul of a leader.

Similarly, the picture painted of Hannibal’s childhood and relations I had mixed feelings about this book, as one can see from the grading.

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Hannibal by Ross Leckie – Canongate Books

A dark and powerful novel. Paperbackpages. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Written from Hannibal’s perspective, this riveting, unique historical novel charts the rise and fall of the great Carthaginian general who came so close to bringing down Rome. An outstanding feature is the unflinching portrayal of the almost unimaginable brutality of the times.

The Carthage Trilogy 3 books.