Thornton Wilder's epistolary novel set in Rome in the months leading up to the assassination of Julius Caesar adapts exceptionally well to an ensemble production, its narrative being a chorus of contemporary Roman voices. Wilder was successful both as novelist and playwright, and here, as in his better known BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, the narrative tracks a cast of characters brought together by one significant event--there, the collapse of a bridge; here, the murder of a dictator. Wilder compared this novel to a crossword puzzle, and it benefits from a second listening. But the richness of historical detail and the smooth melding of these talented voices will win new fans for this forgotten classic. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2020]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780062972231 $23.99
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