Memoirs of Hadrian

Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar, Grace Frick I have loved this book since page 5. It is unbelievably well written, it's a masterpiece by default, beautifully crafted to depict the life of a man who lived way before us.. and will live way after us.

I don't know why this story makes me feel like crying. (I just finished it three minutes ago) I simply feel the need to think of Hadrian as a human being with flaws that was forwarded to a position where he was given too much credit for what he did. History doesn't remember him the way Marguerite Yourcenar does, because history is made up of cold and merciless data that you can't change.

Yourcenar, however, did something else. She talked about the man. And she did in such an amazing way that I haven't felt the woman's touch in the man's thoughts all throughout the book. I think that's amazing. If it's not, I don't know what is.

Beautiful book, read it!!