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  1. says:

    I picked up this book seeking an account of the life of Catullus What we get isn’t uite that Rather it’s about the love affair between Catullus and Clodia And while I would expect that to be the centerpiece of any book on Catullus the focus is so unending that it leaves room for little else in terms of plot How often do you need to see Catullus sneaking off to be with her or her repeated snubbing of him to get the idea? I don’t know Perhaps I’m simply not the target audience for this bookOther than that the book is very good The writing style is rather too melodramatic for my tastes you can practically hear the thunder crashing off a gloomy man in a dinner jacket swilling whiskey around his glass but it does the trick It is a bit overwritten Metaphors and similes are constant and nature seems to personify the events taking place But again it works for the story it’s trying to tell The book is written as if in flashback by Caelius Rufus who’s sitting in a hut in Verona feeling uneasy about his relationship to the dead poet and whether he could have helped him As such an ominous sense of dread is entirely appropriateAccuracy wise the book is amazing It gets the feel of Rome exactly and manages to capture most of the details The political events are accurate as well even if the book barely focuses on them The only critiues I’ll make is that I didn’t buy the depiction of Caesar which doesn’t bode well for Kay’s novel on the man and I didn’t uite buy Catullus either He worked as a character but I’ve never really considered him a romantic figure He was in love with Clodia not a very nice person by any account then he despised her Either way he seemed excessive in his emotions How much of that was his personality and how much affectation I don’t know But I never thought it particularly sweet Maybe I just don’t care for poetryThis is the sort of book I suspect others may like than I do I can appreciate it but it left me fairly unfulfilled It’s good enough to be worth a read if any of this sounds at all your sort of thingPlot 4 Plot?Characters 6 well defined and complicated enoughAccuracy 10 I didn’t notice any major errors


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    Intense intense intense I was enthralled by this novel of the life of Catullus the Roman lyric poet during the ten years he lived in Rome Immediately upon closing the book in 2014 I reread it My December 2015 rereading really brought home the artificiality and purpleness of the prose which really had impressed me the first time but got annoying this time This is one of the few times I have downgraded a book After the poet's sad life of barely thirty years his good friend Marcus Caelius Rufus conveys the corpse to its burial Catullus's father the Old Man journeys out from Verona visits Caelius and asks Explain my son to me after giving Caelius a box of mementos and writings poems notes letters The novel jumps back and forth in time 54 BC in the novel the present to Caelius's memories through those years the driver of the action being Catullus's passionate love affair with Clodia Metelli As she is a high born lady and Catullus doesn't want to compromise her reputation he calls her 'Lesbia' Some of his poetry is inserted into the text each poem having to do with some incident in the story We see how Catullus has poured his heart's blood into these poems; 'Lesbia' has played viciously with his emotions; Catullus has swung from euphoria to despair because of this unreuited love Odi et amo uare id faciam fortasse reuiris?nescio sed fieri sentio et excruciorI hate and I love Perhaps you ask why I do this? I do not know but I feel it happen and I am torn apart Poem #85In his 'crossroads and alleyways' poem #58 in his extreme rage he finally admits to himself what a slut she is Even soThe author tells us in her Notes its ambiguity is the key ie catalyst to her conception of the storyThrough the descriptions of Rome the mansions on the Hills to the seedy taverns and the Subura to the mystery rites of the goddess Cybele I felt myself to be an onlooker of the events The characters were not saints by any means; I loathed Clodia the femme fatale As one character an actor named Xanthius described Clodia Now I know how to play Circe Catullus was completely obsessed with the woman; we might even call him a stalker in our day Yes there was sex in this novel owing to the subject but as it was written a generation ago I felt it was not as blatant or vulgar as much of today's writings Also for that time although graphic it was not tasteless In my December 2015 rereading I still felt it wasn't tasteless but it got repetitious and boring The author should have used such descriptions sparsely The last few pages were poignant the final meeting between the dying father and Caelius I will never again listen to Orff's Catulli Carmina without thinking of this novel On rereading I've marked each poem in the novel with the number in Catullus's own poems and am fascinated with how well the author worked them into the story especially as she used them out of order


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    I think I'd give this 45 stars rather than 5 because Steven Saylor's The Venus Throw is still for me the best and most realistic depiction of the CatullusClodia relationship and everything that came between them most especially in how it unpacks the gender and power elements of Catullan love elegy and the way in which it makes Clodia the lover of her brother and Caelius without ever judging her and also I find Clodia's presence at the mysteries of Cybele highly unlikely but I loved this In particular where this does really well is in rooting our characters firmly in Rome not only in the landscape of the city itself which is gorgeously described but in the life of the city; its politics its bars its festivals its atmosphere This couldn't be anything other than the Late Republic and I love how evocative it is I also adore the unreliable narration because he spends much of the book imagining events through Catullus's eyes there is so much that Caelius doesn't tell you not least about his own role in what happened and which only slowly comes to light It's a really clever way of retelling a story which is well known to anyone who's read Catullus's poems and studied this periodBut there's also a lot that Caelius doesn't explicitly tell you because he himself doesn't understand and the reader does view spoilerNot least Caelius's real motives for sleeping with Clodia he thinks he's jealous of Catullus but it's clear to the reader that's not it at all If anything he's jealous of Clodia; he loves and adores Catullus and wants Catullus's affection and attention for himself cf the sharing of the girl his feelings at the party his attempts to get his own Clodia in the form of Flora and how all his relationships with women have been ultimately unsatisfactory But he never puts all these pieces together Even his reasoning for telling Catullus where Clodia has gone after the Pro Caelio seems suspect he claims that Catullus would stop loving her if he could see what she'd been reduced to and so it would free him but that's not exactly likely to happen given how firmly Catullus has loved her up to now Instead I think it's an apology a way of bringing them together after he was the one who pushed them apartI was a bit doubtful about the portrayal of Clodia as someone who has multiple partners beyond Caelius and Catullus though interestingly unlike Saylor Jaro never makes anything of the rumours of incest between Clodia and her brother especially coupled to Catullus's forgiving Caelius for his betrayal but it makes sense; her unhappy marriage to Metellus has made her incapable of settling into a happy and stable relationship even if she loves Catullus and I believe she does She has to destroy it because steady commitment and importantly the vulnerability it implies feels like a trap or a fetter So she tries to push Catullus away and despises him because no matter what she does he won't ever leave her It's a far complex and nuanced picture than I had been expecting and a fascinating one if also incredibly sad hide spoiler


  4. says:

    I would describe this as a weird ride particularly towards the endThe writing was lovely if maybe a little overwrought and I really enjoyed the present day sections with Caelius reflecting on his grief and dealing with Catullus' father and the slow build to the reveal that view spoilerCaelius himself was Clodia's lover for a time hide spoiler


  5. says:

    The Key by Benito Kane Jaro is a novel I really wanted to love A friend whose acumen I respect had effused over it There are things in it I admire but can only give it two starsMs Jaro writes well and I have marked a dozen paragraphs that are so perfect in their harmonies and counterpoint that they arise to the level of genius I will type those paragraphs out that I might study carefully how she crafted themHowever the book is unconvincing as a narrative and rather tedious Its strongest aspect is Caelius’s devotionguilt to the dead Catullus Its weakest aspect is the crux of the matter the love of Catullus for Clodia Ms Jaro gives the reader not as single scene showing the two of them in blandishments laughing together or sharing memories Instead we have many pages of sensual love making and too many pages of reiterating how much Catullus loves her but not a paragraph to show on what such as love could be based It rings false A Kim Kardashian would not have captivated Catullus I don’t believe it In the novel Clodia is just a shadow character not a real personMs Jaro toys with the reader in the fourth and last chapter Instead of rushing ahead to the climax of the matter she spins the wheels interminably in the snow and ice And Oh the suspenseful melodrama I Caelius see now what my honesty has brought me I will have to tell him I have gone too far and he has a right to know And for myself I think perhaps it is worth the risk for no matter what I say he may still find it in him to forgive If not well my sword still waits outsideI can’t give it than two stars There were times when I wanted to throw it into the woodstove but didn’t because there are several paragraphs I want to study closely


  6. says:

    I read the summary for this book and was intrigued I had been looking for a book about Catullus for a while so I decided to give her a chance as an author as she had several books that I was interested in Unfortunately this turned out to be a bust It suffers from the most unfortunate problems a book can have it was plain and simple boring I couldn't manage to get through the entirety of this sometimes slow paced sometimes overdramatic book and it was so uninteresting that the only scene I can remember was an overly described threesome between Catullus the narrator Caelius and a random girl which was uncomfortably erotic than entertaining If you're into that I guess this is a good book for you But if not I'd suggest looking elsewhere


  7. says:

    I got about half way through this book and I just couldn't finish it It is not at all how I picture the character of Catullus after reading his poetry Also I found the writing very disorganized and disjointed


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The Key AUTHOR Benita Kane Jaro

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Loody secret cults the palaces and law courts of the tottering Roman Republic Vivid exciting carefully researched and beautifully written The Key has been a cult favorite in hardbound for years I read the summary for this book and was intrigued I had been looking for a book about Catullus for a while so I decided to give her a chance as an author as she had several books that I was interested in Unfortunately this turned out to be a bust It suffers from the most unfortunate problems a book can have it was plain and simple boring I couldn't manage to get through the entirety of this sometimes slow paced sometimes overdramatic book and it was so uninteresting that the only scene I can remember was an overly described threesome between Catullus the narrator Caelius and a random girl which was uncomfortably erotic than entertaining If you're into that I guess this is a good book for you But if not I'd suggest looking elsewhere 青春攻略本 第1巻 [Seishun Kouryakuhon, Vol. 01] (Manual to Teenage Life, of the tottering Roman Republic Vivid exciting carefully researched and beautifully written The Key has been a cult favorite in hardbound for years I read the summary for this book and was intrigued I had been looking for a book about Catullus for a while so I decided to give her a chance as an author as she had several books that I was interested in Unfortunately this turned Lilac Hill out to be a bust It suffers from the most unfortunate problems a book can have it was plain and simple boring I couldn't manage to get through the entirety My Prince of this sometimes slow paced sometimes Ike overdramatic book and it was so uninteresting that the Haunted only scene I can remember was an Flower In The Palace overly described threesome between Catullus the narrator Caelius and a random girl which was uncomfortably erotic than entertaining If you're into that I guess this is a good book for you But if not I'd suggest looking elsewhere

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The first volume of a dazzling trilogy The Key shows a world on the verge of collapse through the eyes of its greatest and most passionate poet Gaius Valerius Catullus the boy from the province Intense intense intense I was enthralled by this novel of the life of Catullus the Roman lyric poet during the ten years he lived in Rome Immediately upon closing the book in 2014 I reread it My December 2015 rereading really brought home the artificiality and purpleness of the prose which really had impressed me the first time but got annoying this time This is one of the few times I have downgraded a book After the poet's sad life of barely thirty years his good friend Marcus Caelius Rufus conveys the corpse to its burial Catullus's father the Old Man journeys out from Verona visits Caelius and asks Explain my son to me after giving Caelius a box of mementos and writings poems notes letters The novel jumps back and forth in time 54 BC in the novel the present to Caelius's memories through those years the driver of the action being Catullus's passionate love affair with Clodia Metelli As she is a high born lady and Catullus doesn't want to compromise her reputation he calls her 'Lesbia' Some of his poetry is inserted into the text each poem having to do with some incident in the story We see how Catullus has poured his heart's blood into these poems; 'Lesbia' has played viciously with his emotions; Catullus has swung from euphoria to despair because of this unreuited love Odi et amo uare id faciam fortasse reuirisnescio sed fieri sentio et excruciorI hate and I love Perhaps you ask why I do this I do not know but I feel it happen and I am torn apart Poem #85In his 'crossroads and alleyways' poem #58 in his extreme rage he finally admits to himself what a slut she is Even soThe author tells us in her Notes its ambiguity is the key ie catalyst to her conception of the storyThrough the descriptions of Rome the mansions on the Hills to the seedy taverns and the Subura to the mystery rites of the goddess Cybele I felt myself to be an onlooker of the events The characters were not saints by any means; I loathed Clodia the femme fatale As one character an actor named Xanthius described Clodia Now I know how to play Circe Catullus was completely obsessed with the woman; we might even call him a stalker in our day Yes there was sex in this novel owing to the subject but as it was written a generation ago I felt it was not as blatant or vulgar as much of today's writings Also for that time although graphic it was not tasteless In my December 2015 rereading I still felt it wasn't tasteless but it got repetitious and boring The author should have used such descriptions sparsely The last few pages were poignant the final meeting between the dying father and Caelius I will never again listen to Orff's Catulli Carmina without thinking of this novel On rereading I've marked each poem in the novel with the number in Catullus's own poems and am fascinated with how well the author worked them into the story especially as she used them out of order Uncle Sams Camels (1857-1858) of a dazzling trilogy The Key shows a world Submitting to the Wolves (Wolf Mountain, on the verge Là où jirai (Si je reste, of collapse through the eyes Raped By A Horse For Blackmail of its greatest and most passionate poet Gaius Valerius Catullus the boy from the province Intense intense intense I was enthralled by this novel Dancer of the Nile (The Gods of Egypt, of the life Wreck of the Nebula Dream of Catullus the Roman lyric poet during the ten years he lived in Rome Immediately upon closing the book in 2014 I reread it My December 2015 rereading really brought home the artificiality and purpleness Couleurs végétales of the prose which really had impressed me the first time but got annoying this time This is Pour Some Sugar on Me one And Then There Were None of the few times I have downgraded a book After the poet's sad life King (The Soldiers of Wrath MC: Grit Chapter, of barely thirty years his good friend Marcus Caelius Rufus conveys the corpse to its burial Catullus's father the Old Man journeys Woman Worship out from Verona visits Caelius and asks Explain my son to me after giving Caelius a box The Mighty Finn of mementos and writings poems notes letters The novel jumps back and forth in time 54 BC in the novel the present to Caelius's memories through those years the driver T.L.C. of the action being Catullus's passionate love affair with Clodia Metelli As she is a high born lady and Catullus doesn't want to compromise her reputation he calls her 'Lesbia' Some A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays of his poetry is inserted into the text each poem having to do with some incident in the story We see how Catullus has poured his heart's blood into these poems; 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S who became the lover of the most powerful and beautiful married woman in Rome is dead at twenty nine His friend Marcus Caelius Rufus must search for the meaning of his life in the slums and b I would describe this as a weird ride particularly towards the endThe writing was lovely if maybe a little overwrought and I really enjoyed the present day sections with Caelius reflecting on his grief and dealing with Catullus' father and the slow build to the reveal that view spoilerCaelius himself was Clodia's lover for a time hide spoiler