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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I did not particularly like the mix of historical fiction and history. I thought that those fiction vignettes undermined the actual research while not adding anything of interest to the story. Many chapters were devoted to Nero and Roman politics of the time, which was relevant but seemed like filler since it did not contribute much to the Pompeian narrative. On top of that the book lacked structure and seemed disjoined. I thought that Mary Beard’s work provided much better and more engaging look into the life of Pompeii.
Review: PompeiiUser Review - Dyer - Goodreads
I admit I don't so much read these coffee-table art books as use them to jog my memory of places I've visited, or would like to visit. As far as I'm concerned I'm happy just thumbing through the book ... Read full review