Caesar has a career long fondness for intensity and is intimidating to the various women in his life. Brutus and his mother are pugnacious. Women simper over Caesar who uses them and casts them aside with shocking expediency. People have guilty intent and no consideration. This 1996 novel was ponderous, full of bad drawings and exposition. McCullough is reverent towards Caesar and this causes the book to be boring, over-written and sexist. Why is the whole issue of slavery ignored? What do the slaves make of their lords and masters?
“Respectable men lift their tunics and squat to defecate in the street when a public latrine is in full sight!”
“Cato the censor would weep. Then he would go home and hang himself. Oh, how often I have to resist the temptation to do the same!”
“Yield unmentionable orifices to unmentionable acts.”
“Putting decency back as our highest priority!”
“How can a state be strong, how can it contemplate ruling the world, when the men who ruin it are degenerate, decadent, filthy,”
“Women bear and mother children, they have no other use!”
“The height of a man’s glory!”
People rant and rave and events are heading toward their bitter conclusion. This was absolute rubbish. Everyone is terrible, there is exposition and people fail to grasp the enormity of their responsibilities. Caesar’s reputation is waning and there is more sexism, war, death and bad writing.
“You’ll all walk in my triumph.”
“Throw her out on the streets where she belongs!”
“We walk to Alexandria,”
“I can’t tell what’s him and what’s wood.”
“Rid me of this Caesar!”