The October Horse

The October Horse Colleen McCullough
  • Title: The October Horse
  • Author: Colleen McCullough
  • ISBN: 9781416566656
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • The October Horse Colleen McCullough The October Horse With her renowned storytelling gifts in full force Colleen McCullough delivers a breathtaking novel that proves once again that she is the top historical novelist of our time Grand in scope and vivid
    With her renowned storytelling gifts in full force, Colleen McCullough delivers a breathtaking novel that proves once again that she is the top historical novelist of our time Grand in scope and vivid in detail, McCullough s gripping narrative thrusts readers headlong into the complex and fascinating world of Rome in the tumultuous last days of the Republic At the heighWith her renowned storytelling gifts in full force, Colleen McCullough delivers a breathtaking novel that proves once again that she is the top historical novelist of our time Grand in scope and vivid in detail, McCullough s gripping narrative thrusts readers headlong into the complex and fascinating world of Rome in the tumultuous last days of the Republic At the height of his power, Gaius Julius Caesar becomes embroiled in a civil war in Egypt, where he finds himself enraptured by Cleopatra, the nation s golden eyed queen To do his duty as a Roman, however, he must forsake his love and return to the capital to rule Though Caesar s grip on power seems unshakable, the political landscape is treacherous the returning hero has no obvious successor, and his legacy seems to be the prize for any man with the courage and cunning to fell Rome s laurelled leader Caesar s jealous enemies masquerade as friends and scheme to oust the autocrat from power and restore true republican government to Rome But as the plot races to its dramatic conclusion, it becomes clear that with the stakes this high, no alliance is sacred and no motives are pure.
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    About Colleen McCullough


    1. Colleen 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.Source people article colleen


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    1. The October Horse A Novel of Caesar and Cleopatra Masters of Rome, 6 , Colleen McCulloughThe October Horse is the sixth novel in Colleen McCullough s Masters of Rome series.The book begins with Gaius Julius Caesar s Egyptian campaign in Alexandria, his final battles with the Republicans led by Metellus Scipio, Cato the Younger, Titus Labienus and the brothers Pompeius in Africa and Spain, and ultimately Caesar s assassination on the Ides of March by Marcus Brutus, Gaius Cassius and the Liberator [...]

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    2. The easiest way to become an expert in the end of the roman republic, and later, the end of Ceasar, is to read this series.Historical novels always walks a line of historical correctness and entertainment, i thought this series managed to provide both, which is an impressive feat considering the extensive amount of information available for this time period.This series follows the most important romans and their families for two generations.The rise to power of the succesful battlecommander Gaiu [...]

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    3. This book is a heavy undertaking, but it is lush in scope and a thrilling historical novel.First off, however, is the subheading of this novel says it is a novel of Caesar Cleopatra, but it really isn t That makes up a small part of this huge novel And secondly, you do not need to have read the previous five novels to grasp this one I haven t, and I understood this novel quite fine on it s own.The first 500 pages are brillant historical fiction, detailed to the letter, but still engaging and eas [...]

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    4. Caesar has dominated most of this series His death way before the end of this volume would have seemed a disaster if it weren t for the story racing onward with such vigour that I was fast caught up in the aftermath My only real sadness is that there is only one volume to go Ms McCullough had intended to end here but was apparently chivvied by her readers to go on with the story of Antony and Cleopatra.I found her theories, especially the medical ones, most interesting and pretty compelling The [...]

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    5. This sixth volume covers the tail end of the Pompeian war and Caesar s brief period of unchallenged power in Rome I enjoyed it than the previous three in the series, mainly because McCullough eases up a bit on Caesar as the cocky golden boy surrounded by malignant idiots They get him here, right enough, but first she finally succeeds in humanising her hero and making him sympathetic There s a nice sense of weary futility catching up with a supremely talented man who has finally achieved the pin [...]

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    6. McCullough is a masterful storyteller and her love and mastery of Roman history shines brightly in her Roman fiction This book in her Masters of Rome series gives us the story of Julius Caesar in his prime, the beginnings of discontent within a faction of the Patricians in Rome, the plot and execution thereof to kill him, the rivalry between Octavius and Mark Anthony following his death and the ultimate rise of Octavian, who would eventually become known as Augustus Caesar, Julius Caesar s legit [...]

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    7. Romans, despite their claim to civilization, had their own weird superstitions and rituals The October Horse was the off horse or the one who ran on the outside track and thus had to run faster of the winning chariot team from the annual Ides of October race This horse arguably the best horse in Rome in the prime of its life was ritually sacrificed to Jupiter Optimus Maximus at the end of the race, and its head became a prize during the public scramble after the killing This was the title chosen [...]

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    8. This historical fiction series is worth reading stick with it The reader gets the non fiction, the real characters set in the author s personal creative landscape where she recreates the characters and invents a few fictional ones in a setting that could make this a compelling read You will meet the young Octavian who changes dramatically into this new person after his adoptive father s Julius Caesar death Octavian grows and rises into the Emperor Augustus Caesar.The story of Julius Caesar shine [...]

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    9. Story 10 Every important event in a focused narrative Characters 9 Hail Caesars Nay Antony Accuracy 10 Basically perfect even if I sometimes disagree The book starts with an awkward Previously on Masters of Rome moment when Caesar, exhausted on the road from Tarsus to Alexandria, decides to go through all the events of the previous book to remind us all of what happened and where everyone is It s a poor start to a book that, unlike the previous volumes, picks up right where the last one ended It [...]

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    10. This is the sixth novel in McCullough s Masters of Rome series, which has been quite a ride McCullough s prose isn t particularly distinguished, and I ve sometimes felt some judicious, nay extensive, cutting would have done wonders for the pacing of these doorstop novels And the epic scope of these novels begets confusion it s hard to keep track of her host of minor recurring characters with these mind numbing Roman names.Yet I give the series high marks nevertheless some of the books I rated as [...]

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    11. The period of the Late Roman Republic was no doubt one of the most dramatic in European history, with men such as Caesar, Pompey, Cicero, Antony, Brutus, and Octavian, and women such as Porcia, Servilia, and the Pharaoh Cleopatra all prominent movers and shakers at the same time, in relation to one another The events between 48 BCE and indeed, well before that fateful year and 42 BCE and of course, well after that consequential year would shape the course of Roman history forever It was truly a [...]

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    12. After the brilliance and sheer storytelling magnificence of the previous five books, this one comes as a disappointment Caesar is getting older and while he s reached the pinnacle of Roman politics, he finds himself disillusioned with what that means, frequently frustrated and increasingly short tempered And as her hero runs out of energy so, too, does McCullough For me, this is a book of two parts the run up to Caesar s assassination, and then the aftermath McCullough who s always had a romanti [...]

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    13. In the first portion of the book McCullough helps us know Caesar at the height of his career as the man he might have been McCullough s take on the romance between Cleopatra and Caesar differs from Shakespeare s as she devles into Plutarch and other sources Her explanation for Octavian s actions is that he may have had asthma which is consistent with his personality Caesar is later murdered by 23 conspirators and the story switches to following the assassians, Mark Antony, and Octavian s action [...]

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    14. This sixth book in the Masters of Rome series covers the period from just after Pompey s defeat at Pharsalus and death in Egypt, through the end of the civil war, Caesar s assassination, Octavian s adoption as Caesar s son, the formation of the Second Triumvirate, and ending with the defeat and death of Brutus and Cassius at Philippi The section on Cato s trek along the North African coast was especially interesting, although I was disappointed at the lack of a map to accompany the text The demi [...]

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    15. Highly recommended I am thrilled so got the chance to write one volume She explains some of her decisions and certainly is not following the Bard in the end of Caesar You really should read the Masters of Rome in sequence, but the book will stand by its own merits as well Colleen was certainly one of the great novelist of the late 20th century, and she will be missed.

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    16. The best historical fiction treatment of the turbulent times from the life of Sulla to the ascension of Octavius One of the best historical fiction series ever, but be prepared to read all of the books once you start, because you won t be able to put them down.

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    17. Sexto libro de la saga, sobre el fin de la rep blica romana, que narra el auge y ca da de Julio C sar Tiene sus momentos en rosa t picos de la autora y algunos planteamientos maniqueos que supongo debidos a sus simpat as, pero nada de ello es bice para que se lea con el mayor inter s y sea una gran novela hist rica.

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    18. Fantastic book I learned so much about Julius Caesar his military brilliance, what he wanted to do to help Rome, the jealously he created which lead to his murder, and what happened to those who killed him including Brutus and Cassius I have now read 6 of the 7 books in the series and will begin on Anthony and Cleopatra tomorrow.

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    19. I had read the final book in the series Antony and Cleopatra earlier, so this turned out to be the last book I d have to read in the Masters of Rome That turned out be a good thing because while I liked the entire series, this would be among my top two An excellent choice of title borrowed from the ritual of sacrificing the best horse that Rome has A character compares Caesar to an October Horse during the assassination conspiracy.The book spends about one third of its pages mopping up the Repub [...]

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    20. In The October Horse, McCullough intended to wrap up her series on the dissolution of the Roman Republic with the death of two of Julius Caesar s assassins, Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus First, the title is rather misleading in that Caesar and Cleopatra s relationship is rather minor However, the October horse is a Roman tradition that takes a page to explain, making it a rather opaque reference to Caesar.During the Roman Republic, the war campaign season ended in October when [...]

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    21. I listened to the audio of all the other books in this series back in the early 2000 s, but I never got around to this last one in the series I ll have to do that somtime I remember enjoying the historical novels very much.The following short review is from the 2005 Book Lover s Calendar THE OCTOBER HORSE A NOVEL OF CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA, by Colleen McCullough Simon Schuster, 2002 In this final volume of her six book Masters of Rome series, Colleen McCullough follows the final years of the career [...]

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    22. This particular book in the series was something that I was looking forward to since starting the series I was excited to finally read about Caesar and Cleopatra and their epic story So of course I built this up a little bit in my mind, but I was very very disappointed The characters aren t really portrayed that well, Caesar is kind of a jerk, Cleopatra is portrayed as kind of stupid, which I don t believe and there was no love story really between them I know that this book is supposed to be hi [...]

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    23. If you ve gotten so far as book six of the Masters of Rome series, what needs to be said Brilliant historical detail Giants of history brought to life Fascinating side stories.The sixth book in the series does not enthrall me as much as earlier novels The period of history covered during this novel is less interesting to me, as are the characters The series was at its height during the Marius and Sulla novels, skipped along during the Caesar focused novels, and falters a little with the loss of [...]

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    24. I ve read several of McCullough s books Lots of informationTOO much information IMHO She weighs down each book with the names and stories of each person, who they married, what they looked like, who they like disliked, what kind of personality they had and so on and so on Makes for VERY heavy books that are confusing to readers who want the landscape and basic characters explained in the first or second chapter and then want the story to proceed This is particularly true for this book The full n [...]

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    25. I reread this series at least once a year its scope is epic and its detail, minute Colleen McCullough just died which means, unless she wrote it already and it is due to be published posthumously that she is not going to produce the sequel to Morgan s Run she promised I hate when authors die and their potential future books die with them Sigh One of her obituaries has been blowing up on the internet because the asshole who wrote it concentrated on the fact that she was overweight which has what [...]

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    26. McCullough has such a good reputation that I was looking forward to reading this as part of the book discussion in the History group I was very disappointed Honestly, I felt it failed on at least two levels as a novel, and as history.First, as a novel Too much span of time to cover in the 700 or so pages allotted and still give a depth of character and action I would have liked to see an entire novel on Cato s march It read like a very well written pop history book.And therein lies the real prob [...]

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    27. McCullough still brings all her amazing skills intertwining story telling and history to this book, but to me it feels like this series is really beginning to lag Part of this isn t her fault after all, she can t really prevent her most interesting characters from dying when it s what happened in real life But their loss does seem to make the book lose a lot of its allure Caesar s death really felt like the death knell for the book and the series as well Octavian was interesting and it s importa [...]

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    28. Whew finished this monster of a historical novel and can honestly say I was ready for the endThis mammoth reading took over two weeks to process and added at least twenty five vocabulary words to my life from coeval, obdurate, proscribe and many many This book in my opinion and remember its only an opinion is too verbose, too long with too many dates, characters, ways to say Roman names, prefixes, suffixes, last names, dynasties, countries and plots to really flow for me but there were spots of [...]

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