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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My only quibble with the treatment of Hannibal’s youth is two obvious borrowings from Mary Renault’s Fire from Heaven. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

I’m kind of cheap anyway. 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.

He stamped, just missing the groom’s foot, and his hooves made a ringing sound like a cymbal His driving force, finally, is hatred, of Rome and, later, of Carthage, and the measure of the man is that he knows this is not enough.

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Hannibal by Ross Leckie – Canongate Books

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Hannibxl you’re expecting to read about Hannibal the famous general, Hannibal who crossed the Alps and gave the Romans the thrashing they deserved, forget it. A first-person telling of the life of Hannibal, very well done. After fleeing Carthage, Hannibal spends the last decades of his life advising the Eastern kingdoms that are falling under Rome’s hegemony in their resistance particularly Antiochus.

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The Republic was extremely thorough in wiping out any memory of its hated enemy after the final war in BC the Carthage of the Empire, Augustine and Boniface was a Roman colony.

They just did, now on to the ripping off of penises, putting out eyes, disembowelling guts etc. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment lecmie The Man Who Defeated Hannibal.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I am sorry, but I gave up reading this book on page 29, just after the fourth sickeningly violent episode. The quantity of human suffering that this world has seen is beyond contemplation. Please review your cart. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Feb 04, Olethros rated it liked it. Jul 07, Diana Sandberg rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 3 comments. Write a customer review.

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Highly recommended for the historical fictionist. Preview — Hannibal by Ross Leckie. Get to Know Us. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: He grows through his cocky confident youth. As far as I’m aware, this is not a criticism that can be levelled at this book, so that’s in its favour.


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. Hannibal somehow changes from a proud, self-assured and father-loving nobleman to a morose, manic-depressive, self-pitying, whining Romeophobe does the word exist?

At some point in the book, you’re just like “put that dagger through your throat already, for heaven’s sake! There is a fair bit of violence in the story, which hanniabl author expounds upon. Typical of petty trading politics as displayed by European colonisers all over the world. 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.

It’s impossible to believe when the style is reminiscent of some Cecil B.