My husband bought me this as one of my Christmas presents. (And we subsequently managed to get it picked for this month's bibliogoth book - Convenient!) He thought I'd like it as it was a Roman On the Road. And I have to say I enjoyed it very much. I didn't think it was quite On the Road, as these people clearly had far more Money than Sal, but then they also suffered far worse punishments!!! In some ways I loved it for the same reasons I enjoy Torchwood, being that everyone was without matter of comment, bisexual.
It was lots of fun to read about everyone's sexual escapades. I loved the two married women's flirting. She complaining about her duties as a matron, she complaining that her husband just liked to sleep with his boy. I think the translation I read was very good, it was quite common in places and you really felt like you were reading about real people doing real things. (Sometimes with a little more detail than may have been strictly necessary!) It gave me a much greater appreciation for the Romans. I just wish it hadn't been quite so fragmentary, as I would so love to be able to read the whole thing. As it was the fragments made it seem rather like a hallucinatory dream. Which given the subject matter wasn't too bad. Definitely one I'd recommend!...Continua
The best fun with this book was shocking my mother that any professor would assign this! Aside from my own entertainment, The Satyricon is a thrilling example of ancient Rome. The characters are believable although the adventures they underwent seems too romantic for me. Overall a thrilling tale....Continua