[KINDLE] The Confessions of Young Nero Nero #1 Author Margaret George

Picked up before now I ll be moving on to The Memoirs of Cleopatra nextARC via Netgalley When I was young I discovered Margaret George and devoured her historical novels It has been UITE A LONG TIME SINCE I a long time since I anything by her but she has ept to a similar formula taking a historical character and then writing their life usually from the first person perspective Often the people she writes about have stories that are very well nown but she incorporates such detail in the re telling that you really do have the sensation of a life lived Obviously this is fiction and putting thoughts into a real person s mind however long ago they lived is a difficult thing to do However it is obvious that the author does a huge amount of research and this is reflected in the care she takes to tell the story thoroughly However this is not a dry re telling but George really does attempt to breathe life into the characters and to make the era they lived in also feel realistic I must admit that Nero is somebody I new a fairly small amount about especially compared to other Roman Emperor s There are all sorts of images that you think of #probably for many of us it is that of Peter Ustinov playing music while Rome # for many of us it is that of Peter Ustinov playing music while Rome in flames the image of Nero fiddling while Rome burnt is similar to that of Marie Antoinette telling people to eat Nero fiddling while Rome burnt is similar to that of Marie Antoinette telling people to eat in that it becomes so associated with them that it is hard to separate fact from fiction In this book George takes Nero back to the four year old Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus whose mother has been exiled his father dead and who is literally when we first meet him at the mercy of his Uncle Caligula This early exposure to the whims of a Caesar give the young Nero a forbidding view of his future He is privy to early huddled secretive meetings by relatives about ridding themselves of Caligula and when this comes to pass he finds himself swooped up by his mother Agrippina and taken to Rome Claudius is now Emperor but life is still not safe and never will be Nero is fairly young when he realises that he has the blood of murderers coursing through him and that his early witness to violence and politics are deeply embedded in his life whether he likes it or not There is plenty here about Nero s love of music theatre and games which people associate with him His desire to have someone to trust that he can cling to but the nowledge that his ancestors loom over his life and give it a direction as part of the most powerful Julio Claudian dynasty This is a tale of Ancient Rome which has everything you would expect threats of death poison seduction murder power politics and the man chosen to be the heir of Claudius who needs to be ever watchful suspicious and unsure who he can trust This is an entertaining historical novel and an enjoyable addition to Margaret George s series of fictional biographies I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review Margaret George excels in her autobiographical approach to the much maligned emperor Nero of whom such sordid accusations have been made it s almost impossible to extract truth from fiction With few unbiased sources of research as Nero s name was blackened thoroughly by his successors after his demise she recreates with sympathy and wit the uncertain boy dominated by the ambitions of his lethal mother his dangerous interactions with the elite of Rome his yearning to become an accomplished musician artist in his own right and his inevitable if at times unwilling path toward absolute power While Nero is depicted in all his strength his fallibility gets eual page time he can come across as almost pathetic as he insists on his artistic ventures while Rome seethes plots and eliminates rivals on a whim But his relationship with his mother Agrippina sheds cruel light on a young mind warped by a woman whose moral compass is as single minded as it is twisted Though we see less of her than we might prefer to Nero s relief whenever she hits the scene you re riveted Agrippina is the serpent in Nero s heart and we just now that no matter how he might escape her physically he ll never escape her emotionally She leaves her brand on him as only a mother canThe first in a two book series on Nero the book ends as he solidifies his power over Rome Through his eyes we experience not only his awakening to who he is and what he must do. Es to drown him then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son's inheritance Faced with shocking acts of treachery young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson it is better to be cruel than deadWhile Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome The most lethal of all is his own mother a cold blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire With cunning and poison the obstacles fall one by one But. To survive but we walk the crowded streets of Rome the airy palaces With Their Taint Of their taint of and sniff goblets that might be tainted with poison and spell our death Ms George never falters in her clarity of intent to rescue Nero from the calumny that submerged him without descending to maudlin justifications and I for one can t wait to see him in his full glory in the next installment Her writing is on the heavier side but I completely understand why Margaret George is well loved and respected in the historical fiction genre This was a wonderfully informative read Margaret George has done it again and produced yet another triumph of wonderfully informative read Margaret George has done it again and produced yet another triumph of fiction This one follows the much maligned Nero from his humble beginnings in a lower branch of the imperial family tree to the prize itself Roman emperor Then it ends on an epic cliff hanger but I forgive her because it is so awesome If you can t handle that Caveman Alien's Trap Caveman Aliens kind of wait you may want to hold off on reading this until the next installment is outAll Inew about Nero before this book was that he fiddled while Rome burned George combines the research of a scientist with the storytelling ability of a master writer to bring this man s story to life I have to admit I actually felt sorry for the guy Yes despite the orgies outlandish expenditures palatial living and god like status poor Nero like all of us just wanted to be loved At least so says Margaret George It was hard to The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario espaol/ingls, ingls/espaol) (Spanish and English Edition) keep the family straight There was so much intermarrying that everyone seemed related to everyone else loc 219 Like British aristocracy the upper echelons of Roman society were actually uite small and so everyone actuallynew each other very well Their children married they freuently divorced and remarried each other and excuses were made for the very close marriages view spoilerNero s mother for instance marries her uncle hide spoiler This was uite a different look at the Emperor Nero a man who has gone down in history as a tyrant a deviant an aberrant man who lusted both for power and the things he felt he was entitled to without a thought of the people he ruledWe are given the background of Nero and his relationship to his mother a woman who would stop at nothing to achieve the power she so desired She was a woman who had no problem with doing away with those she believed stood in her path and that included her son as well It is under those auspices that we see Nero growing up Certainly his life at this point was not an enviable one with death waiting behind every person and every piece of food water or wine he consumed Yet Nero survived and went onto to becoming an emperor learning along the way how to rule but importantly to him how to get the things he wantedMargaret George has given us a comprehensive look at the young Nero and has been able to allow us to view a totally different side of a boy grown to manhood and the legends that surround him This book THE ME I M TRYNA BE IN 2017Guys I have a huge favor to ask you Putnam asked me to review this book way back a few months ago and now I finally got to do it But could you guys please check out the full review on my blog It s right here I m so honored they asked me and I d love for them to want to work with me in the future so please give that a likeAlthough given the silliness of this review that probably won t happen You can take the girl out of the proper situation for a goofy review but you can t take the tendency to write goofy reviews out of the girlGod I love Ryan Gosling Anyway please check out that review Thanks guys Wouldn t be here without ya P I managed 200 pages of this book and then gave up At that point I wasn t even half way through it and Nero had just become emperor Then I learned that this is only part one of Nero s story and I new that I had made the right decision I would prefer to read a history book about Nero rather than this mix of fact and imagined conversations and feelings I also thought that the author made a poor decision to have this story told in the first person by Nero initially as a 4 year old rather than in the third person Even a preternaturally intelligent child with total recall could not possibly have remembered the conversations or understood the political machinations that he recounted in this book This just wasn t for meI received a free copy of this book from the publisher. As Agrippina's machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume Nero's determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become an Emperor who became legendaryWith impeccable research and captivating prose The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate uest for power and surviv. The Confessions of Young Nero Nero #1I ve started to delve into historical fiction this year and after a ind recommendation of various books to try it was fiction this year and after a Takdir: Gundala The Official Movie Adaptation kind recommendation of various books to try it was novel about Nero s early life that grabbed my attentionWhy him Pretty much all of mynowledge on ancient history comes from early Doctor Who when the remit of the show was to be educational for the younger audience The First Doctor met Nero during the great fire of RomeIt s one of my favourite stories from that era Doctor Who The RomansWith this book covering Nero #S CHILDHOOD TO THOSE EVENTS IN # childhood to those events in this was exactly the type of book I was looking to readI sometimes find the ancient past a completely different place where as this novel s strength is the telling of Nero s life in Readers of this blog are well aware of my love for author Margaret George so it should come as no surprise that I m ending my reviewing hiatus just to share my love for her latest novel The Confessions of Young NeroMs George is the author who drew me into the Historical Fiction genre when I picked up Mary ueen of Scots and the Isles years ago and she continues to slay me with her amazing writing and fascinating historical characters I love the way she chooses figures from history that are maligned or controversial George now tackles Ancient Rome and the early life of the legendary Emperor Nero From being nearly drowned by his uncle Caligula to his volatile relationship with his mother Agrippina his marriage to Poppaea Rome s battle with ueen Boudicca his meeting with the Apostle Paul and the burning of Rome readers are swept back into history and given a front row seatBeyond Nero s political dealings George delves into Nero s personal side as well His love of the arts and music and his inner turmoil of being an Emperor and the nefarious things he had to do along the way George paints Nero as a flawed man but one that nows he is flawedI look forward to George continuing Nero s story in her next novel which she is currently working on now I remember hearing somewhere that she is also thinking of writing a book on ueen Boudicca and I sincerely hope that she does I wanted to hear about Boudicca s battle with RomeI highly recommend you checking out The Confessions of Young Nero it s a fascinating look at a real yet flawed Emperor Nero May I note as well the hardcover copy is absolutely gorgeous and has a deckle edge which I loveRating 4 Stars Nero was an excellent choice for a faux autobiography limited contemporary or near contemporary sources which have also been called out for anti Nero bias dangerous Political And Familial Manoeuvring An Historical Period Of Turbulent Change and familial manoeuvring an historical period of turbulent change destruction All it needed was a compelling storyteller to add his voice to the taleThis is part one of two beginning with his early life on the outskirts of power right to the heart of it as Emperor Margaret George cleverly evokes our sympathy for a young man caught up in the unpredictable perilous family politics of Rome with poison and plots schemes and sex Amidst this Nero is shown as clever and capable doing what he can to ride the waves of luck or misfortune which come his way far from being a master of his destiny And yet there are signs little hints of what is to come as he grows older as he starts to take control of people and events The author never lets us lose that first impression while she slowly illuminates the darker side of his character Before you now it your thoughts are so conflicted they make no sense and any history buff will now there s worse to come It very much reminded me of the progression of Walter White in Breaking Bad except I new where this one was goingCharacter isn t the only thing Margaret George gets right The art with historical fiction and particularly that set in ancient Greece or Rome is incorporating current culture and the detail of daily lives into the background without making it as jarring as a broken buzzing flashing neon sign Something that shouts look at me this is my research I KNOW things Not only does she manage to make this information illustrative without being ostentatious she shows us the ideas prevalent at the time prejudices against Greek culture the role of slaves or the lower people of Rome attitudes about family and marriage the force exerted by the past on the present It all adds depth and veracity to the storyMost definitely an author I should have. The New York Times bestselling and legendary author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now turns her gaze on Emperor Nero one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in historyBuilt on the backs of those who fell before it Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal man woman or childAs a boy Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life first when the mad emperor Caligula tri.

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