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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You’ve successfully reported this review. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. View all 13 comments. Jan 02, Catherine rated ledkie liked it Shelves: The National Enquirer on its worst day is more entertaining, and probably more accurate. Here comes a Carthoginian with the guts and power to take on Rome.

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I found it very dissappointing that an author could reproduce an original so closely, with so little value added. Selected pages Title Page. And although I’m reluctant to criticise any historical novel for being too short, I could have done with quite a lot more about Hannibal’s time in Italy – one wonders, for example, what a vast banquet Colleen McCullough could have made of all this.

It’s certainly an interesting read in that it humanizes a historical figure many of us only know as that hanniball who crossed the Alps with the elephants. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Hannihal only after his wife’s brutal rape and murder at the hands of Roman legionnaries that he realizes how empty his life is and spends several years in a “funk,” unable to finally settle affairs with Rome yet equally unable to retrieve anything worthwhile from the situation.


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Maybe not entirely historically correct, but a great read for anyone who likes reading about this time period in history. Customers who bought this item also bought. Not so good for lecie souls. At one stomach-churning episode every 7. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

The author is unflinching in his depiction of the brutality of the period, and some readers may find certain scenes disturbing. Before Robert Harris’s Imperium and Conn Iggulden’s Troy came Hannibalbringing alive on of the greatest heroes of the ancient world. I always thought I was a narrative over character person, and this book is certainly that, but maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe it’s the gore, but yannibal isn’t one I’ll re-read.

Alternatively, the book can portray the famous, about whom pretty much all is known, through the eyes of the real protagonists, as Mary Renault does in her wonderful novels about the adult Alexander and the Athens of Socrates and Plato.

The narrative is driven along at the same pace, so it is sometimes difficult to put down. One of the problems with historical fiction is that the reader is likely to have a fairly clear idea of what happens. The Scourge of God.

Highly recommended but not for the faint-hearted. 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. As far as accuracy goes Hannibal, the son of Carthage’s chief general Hamilcar Barca, supposedly swore an oath to his father to destroy Rome and, spurred by this overbearing desire for revenge, launched the Second Punic War and very nearly succeeded.


This is a nasty book. And heinous crimes are committed against him. I have read so much of hannibal barca over the years that i never expected to be surprised and informed but “ross Leckie” did all that and more.

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Shop from United States to see titles available to you. Books by Ross Leckie. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Lo que nos cuenta. I wouldn’t follow this man across the street; Leckie expects us to believe that soldiers gave years of their lives to follow him over the Alps and into a foreign land with no support from the hannbal base?

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Vivid, direct, brutal and downright bloody. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The review must be at least 50 characters long. I somehow have a bit of a hard time envisioniing Hannibal as quite as shallow as the book portrays him, kinda running out of motivation and desire while in Italy and just hanging out. At least it didn’t convince me – if it’d been that I’d assume he’d attacked Rome head-on for revenge, damn the consequences.

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I hoped this book would help, but it ended up being, despite the first person narration, too superficial. The great Carthaginian general Hannibal committed suicide by taking poison; he hoped to give the Romans “what they have long desired, the death of an old man.