Monday, July 23, 2007
Book review: Imperium
Here’s my first blog book review. I officially give a thumbs up to Robert Harris’s Imperium and I’m not really fan of fiction. I love great non-fiction stories like some of books by Bill Bryson. I love his book Neither Her nor There. Although, Imperium isn’t really fiction because it’s “based on true events”. It was so good that it sent me off researching the life of Cicero and to see what Mr. Harris made up and what was true. I was amazed at how much was true. I guess in history class you just don’t have enough time to explore characters like Cicero in depth. The book only covers the first part of Cicero’s incredible life as great lawyer and politician in Rome so I assume Mr. Harris is working on the sequel. The second part would be even more entertaining from what I’ve learned. See my sister’s blog for a photo of Nello reading about Cicero. Nello has yet to give his verdict on the book. How can you not like that photo?
It was incredibly hot this weekend so beach time was needed on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I saw yet another octopus and this time I got it on video. It’s on my Youtube site here. Yes. I realize my underwater video skills need help but you trying swimming with one arm and holding a camera steady in the other. If I wore my flippers then my feet could do all the work but they’re too heavy to lug out to the beach. Maybe I should just go all out and do some real diving? On Sunday I also saw this fish for the first time. I have at least 5 or 6 photos of nothing before I got lucky and managed to get a good side view. Before this summer is over I’ll have documented all the fish species in Adriatic!
One of the events that did NOT warrant my time was the FIAT 500 car rally Sunday morning. I pretty much missed it because it was on Sunday morning, but what I did see did not live up to the hype. I pulled myself out of bed at 11:00 AM for a couple of cars and most weren't FIAT 500s! I think I got one good picture of a convertible FIAT 500.