An Imaginary Life

An Imaginary Life

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In the first century A.D., Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverent poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea. From these sparse facts, Malouf has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving novel. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impale their dead and converse with the spirit world. Then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer. What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1996.
Copyright Date: ©1978
ISBN: 9780394281810
Branch Call Number: MAL
Characteristics: 154 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 10, 2017

Not so much a mere novel, but a form of thought (in the tradition of Tolstoy's "Master And Man") or meditation by means of a narrative. Here is about civilization and wildness, knowledge and instinct, social trust, rejection, and individuality. The blurb on the back is correct: one would copy out sentences from it. Its very thoughtful and deserves rereadings.

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