I am a former stay-at-home mom who has given up her hopes and dreams of becoming a professional reader. I now spend my days showing small children how to play games on computers. Right now I'm living vicariously through my 9 year-old who is reading everything she can get her hands on.
The First Man in Rome has been a slow burn for me. It's not that I'm not interested. I am. I think the writing is fantastic and the detail is incredible. The problem is I can only read 10-15 pages at a time. My brain just can't absorb more than that.
I have reached the point in the novel where Marius is elected senior consul for an unprecedented second time. If I didn't know any better, I would say someone somewhere is playing a cruel, ironic joke. If I didn't know any better, I'd swear I was reading a current newspaper instead of a work of historical fiction.
"I am afraid, Quintus Caecilius," said Drusus without an ounce of apology in his tone, "that for once I did not subscribe to the thinking of my peers. I voted for Gaius Marius- yes, that stops you in your tracks, doesn't it? Not only did I vote for Gaius Marius, but I prevailed upon most of my friends and all my clients to vote for him as well."
"You're a traitor to your class!" snapped Numidicus.
If Mike Pence turns into Sulla, America is f*cked.