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  • By Kristaline Shanon
    Apr 5, 2011
    I stalk my mailbox awaiting the arrival of a book that I know will inspire my travels into the mind even more. I have spent much of my time of late alone in my own thoughts and dreams trying to mesh out some of the things that stick to my soul and cause great pain. Finally the arrival of the book that will take me away from my own search of self and into another realm, a place where people may have understood me. It is beautiful, hardcover and the writing on the front is perfect, the authors name beautifuly written. I crack the cover, getting the sound you only receive once with a new book and take a deep inhale of the smells that make me read. After reading all the words that do not make up the story I start to read of the people in Rome and the lives that they lived, the Saturnalia is sitting all around me now, the time is right... To find someone that you peruse rampantly, repeatedly and then await the next book with your breath held and expectations never high enough to explain... More > how much you love this author. In the past it has been Edgar Allen Poe these days R. Paul Sardanas. He writes from the soul which tends to parallel my feelings and all my experiences to a point that confuses at times and makes me warm with kindred understanding other times. This book is about Catullus and Clodia from way back in the days of Rome, when women had no rights and were sold as wives to the highest bidder. Catullus was an amazing poet who loved Clodia entirely no matter what secrets and darkness was revealed throughout their time together. Reading of them makes my heart swell with pride for them having done what their hearts told them in a time the repercussions would have been deadly. But then without the love of their lives what would death matter anyway. Of course, I have tried to play catch up since I know little of these people except what I have read from Mr. Sardanas in the past. I found it very cool that many of the references in this book send me back to books from before, making this warm sweet circle of information that I can't believe I lived without prior to the last few years. There is much speculation that Clodia murdered her husband with poison, if not, Karma got him that is for sure. I cannot have one bit of empathy for a man who would give his daughter away like property, nor can I hold contempt for a woman who killed to protect her child. That being said I loved her more each moment that read of her life parallels made me think of her as a sister in arms. She stood up for what she believed and never sold herself to anyone. The rumors of her and her brother ring true for me, when children are brutalized they look everywhere for soft touches and comfortable embraces. Siblings attempting to heal each other when one is as wounded as the other can become incredibly complicated and beyond the understanding of the outside world. I loved the way this book showed the hardship of all the classes and sometimes left me feeling somewhat envious towards a smithy hanging out with his dog in happiness. Lucius feels like an old friend anymore, I smile whenever I think of him. I read this book without stopping for even a bite to eat, I couldn't get enough of the love story between Catullus and Clodia, the intense love she held for her daughter and the amazing poem that she committed to memory and erased at the end, finally understanding why Catullus had erased her earlier poetry, he already knew it forever. Of course I know near nothing of these people but my take is that they went to the other side loving each other deeply and probably have by now reconnected many times. I hope somewhere in suburbia they live happily and with many children and a legacy that is worthy of them. If you are not reading R. Paul Sardanas, you are missing out on some of the most in depth, emotional and brilliantly scripted writings that always wander beyond time and genre.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Gromagon Press
December 3, 2011
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.76 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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