A.D. 62: Pompeii Book Summary and Study Guide

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This unusual novel is written by an expert in archaeology, someone who teaches archaeology and has worked on "digs." Rebecca East (author's pen name) wrote this, her first novel, to relate a very interesting fictionalized account of what life must have been like in ancient Pompeii. Her expertise on Roman history and Pompeii comes out clearly in her novel. She is also a very good story teller. Her main Character, Miranda, is sent back into time by a team of researchers testing out a new time travel machine. Miranda already can speak Latin and has no trouble conversing with the people she meets.
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She becomes a slave in a rich household close to Pompeii. She makes friends and, unfortunately, an enemy. She escapes and spends a day exploring Pompeii while Pompeii was still standing. She goes back to her owner's house and makes more friends, falls in love, and experiences some really exciting adventures. The novel is superb in its own right, but add to it a gifted writer, savy about Roman history and the ruins of Pompeii, and you have a novel you will not want to put down.

The review of this Book prepared by Maurice A. Williams

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   ancient Rome Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Italian Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Lover is    -   from very different culture

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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