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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Item s unavailable for purchase. Hannibal was raw, tough, just as a warrior should be, he was also cruel just as he had been taught to be but above all a brilliant leader of men. Hwnnibal 22, Adam rated hanniibal really liked it. A tragic chronicle of love and hate, heroism and cruelty, Hannibal is hwnnibal dramatic and ultimately nourishing exploration of the inner life and epic consequences of one of humanity’s greatest adventurers and most bloodthirsty leaders.

Please review your cart. 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.

Read reviews that mention historical fiction mary renault punic wars ross leckie scipio africanus read this book fire from heaven military history good read know hannibal leckie hannibal rome carthage romans alexander ancient facts writer deep hatred. In Ross Leckie’s unforgettable recreation of the Punic wars, it is Hannibal, the Carthaginian general, who narrates the story, and hanniabl is carried by his all-consuming ambition through profoundly bloody battles against the great Roman armies of early empire.

But Leckie made it clear this was a novel, and novels are a form of entertainment. Compelling and of great interest. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Oct 09, Arcadius rated it liked it Shelves: I also read for my own education, and had this been history, I might, just might, have persevered. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It’s only rlss 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 hajnibal “funk,” unable to finally settle affairs with Rome yet equally unable to retrieve anything worthwhile from the situation.


Still, ‘Hannibal’ is way above average historical genre and has left me ros to read more of Leckie. The reasons must have been different. If you are interested in ancient empires and appreciate good writing, this is it. The National Enquirer on its worst day is more entertaining, and probably more accurate. Notify me of new comments via email. I can’t help but feel Leckie should have taken more creative freedom when it came to that side of the Hannibal story.

Novels about Napoleon and Marie Antoinette and Henry VIII may have a lot of incidental stuff to tell us, but the essential tension of fiction — will he die in exile? Find any other novel about Hannibal, and you will find something much more worthwhile than this. Well, the historians are still debating quite a bit of this stuff, since the Romans did a thorough job getting even and erasing Roxs side of the story, so historians only have the Roman records to go by which will of course be biasedand excavations of the leftovers.

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I’ve tried to visualise this ever since. The narrative is driven along at the same pace, so it is sometimes difficult to put down. I’m kind of cheap anyway.

Started slow, really picked up at the end, fantastic. I was leaning toward a 2-star review before getting to the second half of the book, which began however tentatively to explore Hannibal as a human being but it was too late and too facile to raise the book beyond a 2. I am not entertained by violence.


It’s a little overwritten in places as if Cecil B De Mille had occasionally jogged his elbowand Hanbibal is maybe overfond of graphic scenes of disgusting cruelty. Back bannibal Novels of Ancient History.

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Ross Leckie is a bad writer. Marching With Caesar-Civil War. Shop from United States to see titles available to you. Of course, ther This is a nasty book. Ah, the action, the gore, the skill.

This succeeds hannnibal well in humanising Hannibal, even forcing readers to sympathise with him, without making him or the Carthaginians in general at all likeable. It leckkie be off-putting to modern sensibilities but the extremes of violence and the morality of the period ring true.

Although I don’t know my history on the subject, so I can’t say if it’s at all accurate. This is Lwckie Fiction at its best!

Hannibal by Ross Leckie – Canongate Books

Yet at the same time its psychological exploration of the great Carthaginian commander Hannibal is surprisingly deep and convincing, as is the multi-faceted explanation it offers as to why he failed to follow up his victories in Italy With it’s startlingly succinct, almost laconic prose, this novel really has the ‘ugh’ factor; its battle scenes make you squirm every bit as effectively as the biggest-budget Hollywood films achieve with gallons of tomato ketchup liberally spraying the camera-lens.

Jan 02, Catherine rated it liked it Shelves: View all 13 comments. The Carthage Trilogy 3 books. I stand at your feet.