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Book Title: Terningen er kastet|
The author of the book: Colleen McCullough
Date of issue: 1998
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Read full description of the books Terningen er kastet:In Let the Dice FlyMcCullough compellingly manages Julius Caesar's transformation from master politician and Pontifex Maximus into autocratic general. She begins the story five years after the last book in her Masters of Rome series, Caesar's Women, not long into his second term as governor of four provinces: Further Gaul, The Roman Province (the genesis of the name for the area of France known as Provence today), Italian Gaul, and Illyricum. At this point, Caesar has proven himself a brilliant general who has doubled Rome's income and land area. He himself has cemented close ties with his legates (officers) and his legionaries, proving himself as their commander by marching, building, and fighting right at their side. He has also taken enough booty to leave the debt-ridden political days behind.
This book essentially covers the material that the first season of the popular HBO Rome series covers without the confusion -- provided the reader has read enough history beforehand. After all, McCullough has written four other novels setting the stage for Caesar's rise to the status of First Man in Rome, fully exploring and explaining the virulent and bitter opposition to him among a small group of very conservative Roman senators, called the boni. McCullough makes a very good case against these men, led primarily by Cato and a patrician enemy of Caesar's named Bibulus -- and who has ever heard of him? For them, their opposition is purely political and leads them to strip Caesar of everything: legions, provinces, and imperium. At this point,Caesar must either submit to exile or marching on Rome. Given all the years that they'd dealt with Caesar, it's rather amazing these men so foolishly backed him into this corner.
Pompey, once friend and son-in-law to Caesar, swings to the boni cause out of jealous insecurity: even as the conservative senators fear that Caesar can become a king because of his pedigree, Pompey fears much the same because his ancestors are clearly not Roman.
Let the Dice Fly shows a Julius Caesar becoming more isolated and godlike, awe-inspiring and worthy of a measure of pity, too. Unlike his Roman Senate days, Caesar has no close women confidantes or male friends even as he gathers to him devoted legates and soldiers who adore him and will fight to the death for him. Furthermore, McCullough begins to plant seeds of Caesar's fatalism. When speaking with a Celtic Druid about how he plans to live his old age, Caesar accepts the Druid's assurance that he won't live to old age. "The gods love you," the Druid says. And those whom the gods love don't live to old age. Several times Caesar comments that he wants his political enemies to continue to fight him in Rome because they make him strive harder. The last comment he makes in the book perhaps foreshadows the cause of his death: he tells a legate that the legate has too much faith in him and that he's susceptible to autocracy without opposition. It remains to be seen whether McCullough has Caesar walking to his death knowingly, but I rather suspect that she will. Perhaps she feels, as I do now, that Caesar would rather die the First Man in Rome than as a tyrannical old man who destroyed Rome's greatness.
Besides all of that, the descriptions of several of Caesar's sieges in Further Gaul are fascinating. The boni scoffed at his dispatches, claiming that he exaggerated, but modern archaeology has confirmed at least one of his more amazing claims: his legions built 25 miles of walls around a site called Alesia. McCullough describes engineering as Caesar's favorite among the wide spectrum of his gifts.
Read information about the authorColleen Margaretta McCullough was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds and Tim.
Raised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age 5. She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in 1963. Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent allergy to hospital soap and turned instead to neurophysiology – the study of the nervous system's functions. She found jobs first in London and then at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
After her beloved younger brother Carl died in 1965 at age 25 while rescuing two drowning women in the waters off Crete, a shattered McCullough quit writing. She finally returned to her craft in 1974 with Tim, a critically acclaimed novel about the romance between a female executive and a younger, mentally disabled gardener. As always, the author proved her toughest critic: "Actually," she said, "it was an icky book, saccharine sweet."
A year later, while on a paltry $10,000 annual salary as a Yale researcher, McCullough – just "Col" to her friends – began work on the sprawling The Thorn Birds, about the lives and loves of three generations of an Australian family. Many of its details were drawn from her mother's family's experience as migrant workers, and one character, Dane, was based on brother Carl.
Though some reviews were scathing, millions of readers worldwide got caught up in her tales of doomed love and other natural calamities. The paperback rights sold for an astonishing $1.9 million.
In all, McCullough wrote 11 novels.
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