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Les murailles de feu de Steven Pressfield
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Les murailles de feu (original: 1998; edição: 2007)

de Steven Pressfield (Autor)

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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history -- one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale. In Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield portrays the boldest & bloodiest battle fought by the legendary Spartan Army against the Persian Empire. The national bestseller!… (mais)
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Título:Les murailles de feu
Autores:Steven Pressfield (Autor)
Informação:Archipoche Editions (2007), 473 pages
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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae de Steven Pressfield (1998)

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A novelization of the Battle of Thermopylae, with an extensive fictional background for the main character.

Yeah. So. I read about half and skimmed the rest. Not my jam. My two big issues with it: 1) It's way too graphic and violent for me, which, admittedly, is very much an "it's not you, it's me" thing, because of course a novel about Spartan soldiers and the battle in which nearly every single Greek soldier was killed is going to be violent if it's going to be accurate. But, again, that's not my jam. And 2) Pressfield clearly did his research and good for him, but he seems intent on his readers being constantly aware that he did his research. There is *way* too much detailed explanation of how the Spartans trained their army and the mechanics of the army itself, which is of course fascinating, but belongs in a history text and not a novel. Do the research, yes, and definitely use that research to help you write an accurate and believable story, but please don't regurgitate all that research onto the page. Possibly it was more annoying for me as a Classicist who already knows all the historic details? But I suspect that others would get pulled out of the story by the sheer volume of the stuff, too. The big take-away here: Pressfield is no Madeline Miller (and now I *need* Miller to write a novel about Leonidas). ( )
1 vote electrascaife | Jun 15, 2021 |
Definitely the best historical novel. The stand of the Spartans and allies at Thermopylae is probably the greatest historical tale of courage in any form, and this novel was just the right level of hewing to accepted historical record as well as good character development and story. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Primarily a war story in which every single thing is the most: the hardest, the most violent, bravest, the worst treated, the saddest. Extremely clumsy with only a very few good passages scattered here and there

Permeated with a slightly homo-erotic militarism which did nothing for me, but as most organised militarism is homoerotic that wasn't so far from the mark.

I decided that I would read one-third before I abandoned this pretty-much empty book, and I was sooo, so relieved when, finally, finally, I made it to 1/3 and could throw it away.

To summarize: it was like being forced to watch one of those painfully stupid war films from the 1940s.... and this book has a 4.4 rating on goodreads? OK, that explains something. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Pressfield mixes a great story with extensive research to create a classic. You can tell he really loves his subject and that makes the story come alive even more. ( )
  TBatalias | Feb 22, 2020 |
To be fair, this book is exactly what the title sells it as. But it is nothing more than that. It is basically one long Brandon Sanderson fight scene. Epic? Maybe, but self-consciously epic, unbelievably epic; and therefore I found it powerless. And the writing is terrible.

"The more miserable the conditions, the more convulsing the jokes become, or at least that's how it seems. I have witnessed venerable Peers of fifty years or more, with thick gray in their beards and countenances as distinguished as Zeus', dropping helpless with mirth onto hands and knees, toppling onto their backs and practically pissing down their legs they were laughing so hard. Once on an errand I saw Leonidas himself, unable to get to his feet for a minute or more, so doubled over was he from some otherwise untranslatable wisecrack."

Good thing the joke was untranslatable, because otherwise Pressfield might have had to write it, and dialog is beyond him. ( )
  breic | Jun 14, 2019 |
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Although extraordinary valor was displayed by the entire corps of Spartans and Thespians, yet bravest of all was declared the Spartan Dienekes. It is said that on the eve of battle, he was told by a native of Trachis that the Persian archers were so numerous that, when they fired their volleys, the mass of arrows blocked out the sun. Dienekes, however, quite undaunted by this prospect, remarked with a laugh, "Good. Then we'll have our battle in the shade."
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O xein angellein Lakedaimoniois hoti tede
keimetha tois keinon rhemasi peithomenoi

---Simonides,
via Steven Pressfield
Ō ksein', angellein Lakedaimoniois hoti tēide
keimetha tois keinōn rhēmasi peithomenoi.


---Simonides,
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[Go] Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
that here obedient to their laws we lie.

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Steven Pressfield
Go tell the Spartans, thou who passest by,
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.

---trans.
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Stranger, tell the Spartans that we behaved
as they would wish us to, and are buried here.

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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history -- one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale. In Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield portrays the boldest & bloodiest battle fought by the legendary Spartan Army against the Persian Empire. The national bestseller!

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