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The original landmark novel of the slave revolt against the Romans in 73BC, led by the gladiator Spartacus. Heralded as one of the great historical novels of the twentieth century--and an inspiration to generations of people who have fought against oppression and exploitation. Spartacus is a masterpiece of vivid storytelling from one of Scotland's finest writers....

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ISBN : 9781933648132
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Spartacus Reviews

  • Annia Ciezadlo
    2019-01-06 05:14

    "When Kleon heard the news from Capua he rose early one morning, being a literatus and unchained, crept to the room of his Master, stabbed him in the throat, mutilated that Master's body even as his own had been mutilated: and so fled from Rome with a stained dagger in his sleeve and a copy of Plato's Republic hidden in his breast." I could go on about why I love this book, but why? The opening line has it all. If that opening doesn't thrill you the way it did me, doesn't make you have to read this book immediately, then you're probably not going to groove on a graphically violent yet thoughtful and literary 1920s retelling of the Spartacus story by a penniless Scottish socialist. Too bad.

  • Tony Riches
    2018-12-22 12:30

    The Spartacus legend has been re-told many times by everyone from Stanley Kubrick (in 1960, with Kirk Douglas as the unlikely Thracian hero) to more recent accounts by Ben Kane (2012) and the strangely compelling ‘Starz’ cable TV version (with Australian actor Liam McIntyre, on 'location' in New Zealand). It is refreshing, therefore, to return to the original 1933 novel by Scottish author James Leslie Mitchell under his pen name of Lewis Grassic Gibbon.Fast-paced, the original Spartacus novel recreates a real sense of how Roman decadence was almost overthrown by an army of over 90,000 former slaves, led by what must have been an exceptional man. Mitchell pulls no punches in the brutal fighting scenes and a surprisingly modern recognition of the role and influence of women on the slave army shows he was ahead of his time. I can imagine this book must have raised a few eyebrows in 1933, as it tackles topics that are often avoided even today. The charismatic central character of Spartacus remains mysterious, rarely speaking and seen mostly through the eyes of those around him. It is no spoiler to note that Spartacus does not have a happy ending - and the final scenes on the Appian Way (the main road into Rome) are more harrowing than anything Hollywood has so far represented. Nevertheless, Mitchell is a great storyteller and I highly recommend this original tale of courage and loyalty, love and death in one of the all-time great historical fiction novels.

  • David Baird
    2019-01-20 08:32

    Well worth the read if you are a Spartacus fan. The style of writing for me was a little hard to follow but the story builds up nicely and I really enjoyed reading it. I advise anyone who starts to read this book to keep going and finish it, it's well worth it

  • Len Knighton
    2019-01-18 09:22

    Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Spartacus may be your grandfather’s Spartacus, but is not likely your father’s or Kirk Douglas’ Spartacus from his 1960 motion picture. In a bit of prophecy from the final chapter, Gibbon, through the voice of Kleon, one of the slave commanders, said,“As this story will grow, dim and confused, in the ages to be, the story of the slaves’ insurrection. They’ll mix the marches and forget our names, and make of Grannicus a loyal hero and of Gershom…a strayed Gaul from Marsala! Poets and hates, with us only their shadowy cup-bearers. All dim and tangled in the tales they’ll tell, except their beginnings with that spring when we roused the slaves. And all the rest a dream or a lie."Indeed, none of the commanders named above appear in Douglas’ movie, based on the 1951 Howard Fast novel. Most of the plot lines from that novel are absent in this one. The intrigue that comes from the Senate in Rome is transferred here to the generals of the slave army, some of whom are loyal to Spartacus and some who are not. Oddly, Spartacus has a relatively minor role in this book. It is dominated by Kleon and the rest of the commanders. Only three characters from the movie have any prominent parts in this book. Crixus, played by John Ireland, is killed before the final battle. Crassus, portrayed by Lawrence Olivier, is seen mostly from afar, but is the Roman commander who pursues and eventually defeats Spartacus. Varinia, Spartacus’ lover in the movie, played by Jean Simmons, is a composite of three women in this novel, closest resembling Elpinice, who appears and dies early. Gibbon’s writing style can be quite poetic, but not easily read. Three stars waning.

  • Jeff Price
    2018-12-30 13:12

    Lewis Grassic Gibbon's (LGG) Spartacus is one of several novels that tell the story of the gladiator turned revolutionary.The novel has obvious socialist overtones with the slaves in revolts against their masters. Interestingly LGG tried unsuccessfully to join the British Communist Party. The Hollywood movie Spartacus was based on the novel by Howard Fast. Fast finished his book in 1951 but because he was a member of the USA Communist Party until 1956, Hollywood producers did not feel confident to use the novel as the basis for the screen play until 1960.LGG's is supposed to be the most authoritative version, drawing on accounts written by classical historians. Regardless of its veracity or its political leanings it was a good read.

  • Vicki Cline
    2018-12-30 09:19

    I liked this one better than Howard Fast's (I thought his portrayals of Crassus and Cicero were way off). It's told more from the viewpoints of the people around Spartacus than from his. It starts with a Greek eunuch killing his master and running off to join Spartacus' band - he's one of the characters who keeps reappearing. There's also a Jewish general who fought in Judea, and was captured and sold into slavery in Syria. Spartacus himself is kind of boring when we finally meet him. Once in a while we meet a Roman general trying to defeat Spartacus, but they're fairly incompetent.

  • Roger Lohmann
    2019-01-20 06:29

    Recent viewing of the movie Trumbo reminded me that I read Spartacus, the novel, in high school a couple of years before I saw the Kirk Douglas movie. I remember being uncertain at the time whether this leader of a slave revolt was a real, historical figure or whether this was entirely fictional character placed in a historic setting.

  • Old-Barbarossa
    2019-01-10 10:24

    Nasty and brutish portrayal of the slave revolt.No one comes out of this tale particulary shiny, it is not some kind of hagiography on Spartacus which I initially thought it might be considering Gibbon's politics.In this there are (to quote the McNeill song) "no gods and precious few heroes".

  • Michael Caruso
    2019-01-03 11:04

    very well written, Great read.

  • Elan
    2018-12-21 09:33

    I really wanted to like this. The description talks about how great it is but I found it unreadable. Hard to follow and not well written, in my opinion.

  • Shelby
    2019-01-07 13:16

    grrrrrrrr. it was hard to get into but what you did get into was very interseting

  • P.S. Winn
    2018-12-29 13:31

    Amazing historical novel in the same genre as Ben Hur or the ten commandments. I loved it