By John Williams

ISBN-10: 159017822X

ISBN-13: 9781590178225

WINNER OF THE 1973 nationwide e-book AWARD
By the writer of Stoner

In Augustus, his 3rd nice novel, John Williams took on a wholly new problem, a historic narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the lifetime of the founding father of the Roman Empire. to inform the tale, Williams became to the epistolary novel, a style that was once new to him, remodeling and transcending it simply as he did the western in Butcher's Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the ultimate triumph of a author who has end up famous around the globe as an American grasp.

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Now it emerged from the smoke. A vast boxy shape was crawling laboriously up the side of the crater. It was more like a great slab of rock than any living thing. On its back was a kind of shell, like an insect's carapace, but the shell was flat and a pale silvery-gray, and it was liberally covered with caked-on dust and dried mud. It would have been big enough for all seven of the mammoths to stand side by side on its back. The beast moved forward, not on legs, but on its underbelly, leaving tracks cut deep in the rock of the crater rim.

She spied huge-winged kittiwakes, fulmars and jet-black guillemots. Every so often one of them would plunge into the dark water, seeking plankton or cod. There was more life here, crowded close to this shore, than anywhere else Icebones had seen on this small world. She heard an angry screeching. There was a bloody carcass on the ice—perhaps it was a seal, or even a bear cub. Petrels soared over it trailing arched wings, their tails fanned out to ward off rivals. Landing on the ice, they tucked their heads right inside the corpse, emerging with their heads and necks gleaming bright red, only their pale, angry eyes showing white.

The tall, elegant Cow would regale Icebones with unwelcome tales of her time with the Lost, when they had tied shining ribbons to her hair, or rode on her back, or had encouraged her to do tricks, picking up fruit and walking backward and bowing at their behest. This irritated Icebones immensely. "You are mammoth," she said sternly. "You are not a creature of the Lost. You should not boast of your foolish dancing. And you should not ignore your sister. You should watch out for her, as she watches out for you.

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