On the Conclusion of “Octavian Nothing”

Posted on October 25th, 2008 by by Mike

Octavian Nothing CoverThis weekend’s San Francisco Chronicle features my review of M.T. Anderson’s “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Vol. II — The Kingdom on the Waves.”

I was very impressed by the first volume, and I think this concluding installment lives up to everything that has gone before. “Octavian Nothing” truly is a singular achievement, a piece of historical fiction that presents a radical re-thinking of what one might assume is well-trod literary territory. The book is marketed as YA, but it will appeal to adult readers as well.



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