Spartacus Spartacus by Howard Fast

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Spartacus was a book I wanted to read for quite a while. I’ve seen the remake of Spartacus that was aired as a made for TV movie on USA, with Goran ViÅ¡njić in it, and really enjoyed that, so I was interested in how closely it stuck to the novel.

In the novel, the story is told from the point of view of Romans remembering it, with flashbacks from various characters mixed in with rumored tales. The movie, on the other hand, is told from the point of view of the slaves. Both have their strong points, but I think the movie was better over-all. But the book was definitely a good, lite read, and I would read it again, probably when I’m not smack dab in the middle of a semester with a ton of work to do. It was short enough t read in a weekend. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in historical fiction of the ancient world, and especially for anyone who has an interest in the Spartacus saga.

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