Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A.D. 62 Pompeii: Rebecca East

"A twenty-first century woman is stranded in first century Pompeii when a time travel experiment goes awry; she is sold to a wealthy family as a house slave. This provides her with an intimate, upstairs/downstairs perspective on household life in ancient times. At first she does menial work, but she improves her situation by telling stories and making prophecies. As her influence grows, she wins the love of her master and his daughter and provokes the vengeful jealousy of his wife. In this gentle fable about the power of stories to change people's lives, the heroine uses sources that include fairy tales and great works of literature to argue for women’s rights and the humanity of slaves, and to inspire herself and others to be resourceful, courageous and independent. Miranda's own life becomes as mythic as the stories she tells. In a narrative that is part adventure, part romance, and part fantasy, the heroine triumphs over adversity and makes a place for herself in the world of the past."

I loved this book. It was so full of surprises and excitement that I couldn't put it down.

When I first got the book I was worried that I wouldn't like it and put it on the back of the bookshelf. I am so glad now that I have read it.

In the beginning of the book, when she first travels back in time, it was so well written that you didnt know if she was ever going to get out of her predicament but in the back of your mind you knew that everything was going to be all right.

I want you to enjoy every last minute like I did, so i don't want to give to much of the book away. But I do think you should read it.


1 comment:

Angie (By Book or By Crook) said...

Looks like a book I would love. It's sometimes so hard to share what makes the book so great without giving too much away. Thanks for not doing that. This book has just been added to my so-high-it's-ready-to-topple-over TBR pile.