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In Utopia (1516) Thomas More concocts a place, an island, with what he considers to be desirable religious, social and political practices - a place very unlike where he actually lived. It is a place "like Plato's Republic, only better". Utopia is often discussed for its political ideas and is seen as the seed for communist political thought, it is a great piece of work that continues to generate political discussion. Thought provoking through the ages.
Sienkiewicz received the 1905 Nobel Price in Literature for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer".
The novel follows the developing love between a Christian woman and a Roman Patrician in the time of Nero.
The romantic story arc is set against the conflict of the moral systems of the long established Roman Empire and the developing Christianity.
Sienkiewicz uses this setting to explore morality and power, and his observations remain relevant today.
The novel is based on extensive historical research and gives a good view of life in those times.
The books tells the true story of attacks by man-eating lions on the Uganda railway in Tsavo Kenya in 1898.
Over one hundred people were killed in under a year. The attacks stopped only after the all the lions had been tracked down and killed by Patterson.
In the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer played Patterson.
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