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  • The Eagle of the Ninth
  • Rosemary Sutcliff
  • English
  • 23 May 2018
  • 9781408467763

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  1. says:

    Classic historical fictionAt the age of eight I read Eagle of the Ninth my first encounter with historical fiction I became hooked Since then I have been read Nigel Tranter John Prebble Conn Igguden Simon Scarrow Ruth Downi

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    WELL I CRIED ARE YOU HAPPY NOW ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF?? It's so weird When I read The Shield Ring my first Sutcliff book a few weeks ago I had the exact same experience I was reading along merrily enjoying myself greatly thinking wow this is a really solid fun story until just about the next to last chapter and then out of the blue stuff happen

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    I read The Eagle of the Ninth in high school but intend to revisit it fairly soon It helped cement my fondness for well researched well written historical fiction This novel set many people on that path including some who became authors themselves This is just one of Rosemary Sutcliff's great novels She wrote this particular novel as juvenile fiction but it is such a masterful work that it appeals across age linesJust finished rereading The

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    This was a cool classic I liked the RomanBritain setting a lot The main character has a nice journey and some good friends T

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    Mini ReviewFor many years Rosemary Sutcliff has been one of my favorite authors and she always will be It had been a long time since I had read this book and I decided it was high time to rediscover it It was even better than I had remembered Meet Marcus a young soldier who’s career and future seem dashed after a cour

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    The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff is so much than the usual riveting adventure story though it is most definitely that It's deep in t

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    I loved this book dearly as a child and it has lost none of its magic now Beautifully written discreetly poetic without a single word out of place it's a thrilling adventure an excellently researched piece of historical fiction and a fabulou

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    In 117 ADCE the Ninth Legion of the Roman Army marched into the mists of Caledonia the land known today as Scotland They were never

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    Rating Clarification 45 StarsMy first Rosemary Sutcliff book but it will not be my last This tale of Roman Britain and the lost Ninth Legion brings the reader into a fully imagined yet realistic world in which honor and duty are sacrosanct and the meeting of two cultures can be either a time of mutual respect or bloody conflict and distrust Sutcliff is one darn brilliant writer of characters and settings I could fully

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    This book is fully as good as I remember That's a lot to say for a book that I adored from the age of eight until about fou

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The Eagle of the Ninth

A BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatisation of Rosemary Sutcliff’s much loved tale of honour comradeship and courage Somewhere around the year 117AD a Roman garrison called the Ninth Legion was ordered to put down an uprising among the Caledonian tribes Four thousand men vanished without trace into the swirling mist of the nort. I read The Eagle of the Ninth in high school but intend to revisit it fairly soon It helped cement my fondness for well researched well written historical fiction This novel set many people on that path including some who became authors themselves This is just one of Rosemary Sutcliff s great novels She wrote this particular novel as juvenile fiction but it is such a masterful work that it appeals across age linesJust finished rereading The Eagle of the Ninth for the first time since high school The book is even better than I remembered it Shouldn t have waited so long for a second reading

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H of Roman Britain Many years after their disappearance a young centurion Marcus Auila decides to discover the truth about what happened to the legion and to its First Cohort Commander his father This gripping dramatisation tells the story of Marcus’ often perilous journey as he searches to solve the mystery and to bring. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff is so much than the usual riveting adventure story though it is most definitely that It s deep in thought and emotion vibrantly vivid in character and setting and rich with living history and with truths about life and people This story of the journey and uest of two young men holds much meaning for me even now than it did when I first read and loved it as a young teenager I couldn t have known then that my future life experience would be in some ways oddly similar to that of the main character Rather than being an overview of the book itself my review is a chronicle of my ever deeper connection with this story and its characters I first came across The Eagle of the Ninth by chance the spring I was 15 years old and once I picked it up I couldn t stop reading I fell immediately and irrevocably in love with the book its characters its seuels and the setting of Roman Britain It was my first experience with the author and it was one of the most memorable reading experiences I ve ever had I vividly recall sitting on the floor glued to the book heedless of the homework I was supposed to be doing and only half aware of the fresh breeze blowing through my window I was drawn in by both the opening battle scenes and the bright peaceful magic of the friendship scenes in the garden The characters were vivid and alive than almost any book I d read and I ve been endeared to them ever since then The book was incredibly deep and it made me think and feel so much even then I was riveted through the heightened danger of the climax desperate to find out what happened next My heart was in my throat and I genuinely couldn t see how the two main characters would ever survive the showdown I had to keep reading Except for one other book I think it was the most intense novel I d read at the time I loved it I couldn t read the seuel soon enough and I immediately became a devoted fan of the author and her works I read The Eagle of the Ninth for the second time less than two years after the first As much as I loved the book the first time I experienced a far deeper connection with it during my re read and I deeply identified with the main character in an unexpected way I couldn t have anticipated or shared in before That second read came at age 17 just after the onset of a life altering chronic illness that shattered my big dreams destroyed my hopes of the future and left me fighting my way through each day To my surprise since I hadn t thought of the book in that way before I found in the pages of The Eagle of the Ninth that the young protagonist Centurion Marcus Flavius Auila shared my experience Marcus s life altering illness was a severe career ending wound sustained in battle not the type of illness I had but it was comparable and had a strangely similar effect on him as my condition did for me despite obvious differences His glowing hopes and dreams for the future like mine were dashed to bits He was bedridden and like me he spent hours forced to lie in bed watching the block of sunlight drift across the walls and listening to the sounds of household life go on beyond them I had felt and still felt the inner ache Marcus felt lying in that bed and I recognized it as I read I felt it again while reading both for myself and for Marcus whose plight I keenly felt and empathized with not just as a reader but as someone who had been through it too and at very nearly the same age Like me Marcus spent much of his time lying there cut off from the world isolated and alone Like me he faced the inner battle that accompanied the long days in bed and long nights of lost sleep Like me he was deeply achingly lonely Like me he was deeply afraid afraid for his health and afraid for his future though he did a good job of hiding it from others Like me he held on to his hopes for the future even though they were impossible until the news and reality hit that those hopes could never be restored and along with that realization despair as he let his hopes go Like me Marcus felt as if his life was effectively over before it had hardly begun because how could life keep going after what happened He had been young and strong and had a full bright and meaningful life ahead of him until he wasn t and didn t Though he survived he was left bedridden and crippled seemingly doomed to live out his days that way As I watched Marcus lying there in bed his story seemed strangely parallel in some ways though of course not all to my own life as I lay in bed reading this book and I m pretty sure I remember that it made me cry to realize it I had never before read a book about any character much less a young hero who spent time flat on his back in bed than I did In addition though I can t recall whether I knew or remembered it at the time the author Rosemary Sutcliff was an invalid as well to a vastly greater extent than either me or Marcus who were only partial and temporary invalids Sutcliff battled juvenile rheumatoid arthritis from childhood spent her formative years bed bound at home or in the hospital and was wheelchair bound for the rest of her life I can t help but imagine that Marcus s experience was born from her own and it was written as only someone who has lived it can Reading that part of Marcus s story was comforting for me as well as sad and painful and I felt a kinship with Marcus and other young people in the real world who have had that experience including so many who have had it far far worse than me I ve read very few novels since then about young people who were ill for long periods and none prior to it and I m grateful that Sutcliff wrote this book for other young individuals like me and herself This newfound meaningful connection gave me an extra fondness for the book and its author and main character I didn t realize then how meaningful it truly was or realize the rest of the similarities between me and Marcus but I would later on as my future unfolded I began reading this beloved book again this month for the first time in a few years and as I reconnected with the story and its beloved protagonist once again I recalled again that special parallel between me and Marcus even keenly than I periodically had through the years between now and the last time I read it And as I did so I was suddenly hit with the realization that the connection parallels and similarities between Marcus me and our journeys were far greater than I had previously supposed And it made me cry to contemplate it Because his story didn t end with him lying in bed wounded That was only the beginning even if it seemed to him like the end of his story and the effective end of his life Like me Marcus lay in bed unable to get up and struggled to find the strength to keep fighting and going on But like me he did keep fighting and did go on His dreams and goals seemed impossible and hopeless but instead of resigning himself never to pursue them he kept striving toward them He could never be a soldier again but he found other important dreams to pursue Even those dreams seemed impossible and would ve been for a less determined man But though so many people scorned his goal as unattainable and impossible he pursued it anyway against all odds That s what I m doing Life does go on even when it seems too difficult It gets easier Like Marcus I m healing from that illness But like his it hasn t gone away even though it s greatly improved and sometimes it gets worse again as his did However both of us have gone on anyway and refused to let it stop us Marcus was left as a lame man doomed to walk with a limp and feel pain for the rest of his life But he walked again and lived a meaningful life despite injury and hardship And he pursued his impossible dreams which remained despite their revision The young man who at first couldn t walk and could later walk only with difficulty went on his noble and perilous uest anyway tramping through the wilderness lame leg and all in search of the dream he carried from the start And I m doing the same I m crippled in a way but I haven t halted even though going on is still difficult Like Marcus I m healing in spirit and heart as well as in body Like him I m walking ahead on a long hard road with many obstacles in the way of my journey But like Marcus I m forging ahead toward my revised dreams anyway against all odds And like him I believe I ll reach my goal even if it still looks impossible and should still be Marcus pursued his dream relentlessly and it paid off as a direct result of that determined pursuit He refused to settle for a mediocre life And although it looked different than he expected in the end his dream was restored when it should have remained dead He reached his goal against all odds when he should logically have failed And as I follow in his footsteps figurative limp and all so will I Until I read this book again just now I had forgotten the unexpected words Marcus says to Esca near the end if I ever noticed them They didn t mean to me before what they mean now and they struck me like they hadn t before piercing straight to my heart Just after the two characters return from their journey Marcus has finally found inner freedom from the inner and outer scars of his crippling wound even though those scars still remain Esca is still inwardly living in the shadow of past slavery and Marcus hurts to see it and urges him to let it go Marcus tells Esca that neither of them can let their scars define them They can t live their lives under the shadow of the deep wounds of the past They must forge on as free men not living as slaves to the hurts they went through Those words of truth are for me as much as for Marcus and Esca and they help me and mean the world to me as I m sure they have for many others Hearing that message from a character I look up to and through Marcus his author helps me as I strive to do just that Like Marcus I refuse to let those things define me Like him I m pressing on in freedom and overcoming my own obstacles striving toward my dreams Right now I m at the place Marcus was in at the beginning of the final chapter of The Eagle of the Ninth I ve gone on to finish with difficulty the next goal ahead of me And now that I have I m once again face to face with the unknown future that s been in the background this whole time I m still striving toward my lofty goal and I believe I ll reach it one day but as of now it s still impossible I m waiting indefinitely for a breakthrough to make those things possible And I believe that my breakthrough will come just as Marcus s did Someday several years from now when I reach the goals that are so close to my heart I will re read The Eagle of the Ninth again and identify with Marcus yet because I ll be in the place he was in at the very end of the book when all his most precious dreams come to fruition I know I ll get there just as he did And as it was for him it will be a sweet and joyful day The above narrative captures just a small part of why I love The Eagle of the Ninth and what it means to me It is a phenomenal book in every way and there are so many reasons why Here are just a few of many other things I appreciate about this book As with every Sutcliff book the settings and characters of The Eagle of the Ninth pulse with life and color Each character is described in just enough detail to bring him or her vividly to life and each one feels like a real person the reader is acuainted with The settings are achingly gorgeous the high mist crowned mountain crags the rushing breeze and golden sunshine on the green of the garden the shimmering ripples of the highland lochs the foam white sprays of blossoms on branches the deep gold of the lamplight on the walls and the scarlet and purple sunset shining on the hills Each place is so immediate and real that I feel as if I can smell feel see and taste each living detail and the beauty fills my heart to the point of bursting Marcus He s such a wonderful character and though I love so many of the others in this book he s my favorite Marcus kind compassionate caring sympathetic and understanding He is full of character wisdom maturity skill valiance and keen instinct yet he s young and doubts his own abilities and he s not perfect by any means He has such strength of character and leadership that his soldiers and his friends would follow him anywhere and they prove it by doing so I find it endearing that he becomes stiffly proud and arrogant when he feels vulnerable and uncomfortable yet is truly humble underneath and in reality He s a stickler for honor but he cares far about the honor of his empire and especially his father than about his own honor He s not aware of his own humility and the story is from his perspective so it s never stated in the narrative rather his deep unassuming humility shows in his words and actions He is stubborn determined and immovable pursuing his cause and what s right no matter what refusing to give up no matter the odds And it pays off when he overcomes the worst odds going to great lengths for the eagle and refusing to settle for life as an invalid He is unflinchingly selflessly coolly recklessly purposefully and sacrificially brave Even and especially when he s terrified he is still strong and courageous even when it means facing down and enduring death or excruciating pain As for the other characters I could go on and on about them too especially Cottia and Esca But I shall be brief I love Cottia s ueenlike poise and grace and the fierce and fiery spirit that matches her flaming hair and causes Marcus to call her You little vixen than once I love Esca s loyalty to Marcus his courage that is every bit as great as Marcus s own his slow grave smile his fighting spirit and the wildness about him that can never be fully tamed I love Uncle Auila and the way he cares about and advocates for Marcus and the others while pretending to be grumpy while all the while his big heart shines through from beneath I love Cub s refusal to be parted from Marcus his wild exuberant joy each time he is reunited with his young master and the way he comforts and stands by Marcus when he needs it most And I love how even the minor characters are interesting complex and often endearing I appreciate Centurion Drusillus Guern the Hunter and Marcus s father who are wonderful even though they have less time on the page Even Marcus s enemies are almost likeable and even Aunt Valeria is bursting with personality One of my favorite things about this book is the portrayal of friendships Marcus is lonely desolate and friendless for part of the book but in a seuence of providential events he gains three close and loyal friends who are each totally devoted to him in their own way With Esca Marcus shares a deep and brotherly bond that motivates Esca to let down his guard care for Marcus and walk into unimaginable danger and threat of death alongside his friend Instead of the bondage of a slave following his master Esca follows Marcus as a devoted friend even when he s free to do otherwise As for Cottia I love her friendship with Marcus as well than I can put into words I love how Marcus understands her fights for her laughs with her and takes care of her and how Cottia supports him brightens his dim world and waits many months for his return among so much else Then there s Cub as faithful a canine friend as any man could wish for with devotion and loyalty eual to Esca s The four of them bring light and laughter to each other s worlds Marcus reaches out to each of them in turn and earns each of their loyalty He helps them when they need it most and in return they help him when he himself is most in need What I love most about each friendship is how each of the three chooses Marcus when they could leave and be parted from him and none of the three can imagine or bear the thought of parting They each separately choose to follow him be united with him and remain devoted to him when they have a choice between that and the alternative and that s beautiful to me The story has a surprisingly large amount of wit and humor and it made me laugh out loud often Marcus s narration is often sarcastic ironic or hilariously biting especially his mental commentary on other people and he laughs at himself as well The banter and clever dialogue the characters exchange is humorous and delightful and even in the midst of danger the characters exchange light or grim jokes And the comical portrayal of Marcus s alias Demetrius of Alexandria had me laughing throughout one funny scene The themes are beautiful and profound worked subtly naturally and meaningfully throughout with the skilled hand of a true master as is the case with everything about Sutcliff s works Among the deep themes are sacrifice loyalty leadership hope healing honor and shame courage and fear freedom and bondage and life and death I m amazed at how Sutcliff portrays each character sympathetically and with complexity human and not either black or white as real people are Even each Marcus s enemies were also friends first And a few of the good characters aren t totally good But as each of us must in the real world the main characters still pursue what they believe is right and I love that Sutcliff also truthfully portrays warring cultures as neither good nor evil even though they may technically be enemies there are friendships across the barriers of culture I love that Marcus learns to see other characters as people not on the basis of nationality or other difference between them and that he s willing to learn it Even though his allegiance is to Rome he grows to understand the British culture and he eventually transfers his home and allegiance to Roman Britain And of course I could go on and on The Eagle of the Ninth is an amazing book and it s a lasting favorite of mine for good reason It will always remain one of the best books I ve ever read and it only grows wonderful to me as time goes on It s also stood the test of time through many decades with readers who have gone before me and I know it will always remain a classic by way of its great uality You re missing out if you haven t read it so go read it if you haven t It s a wonderful read for anyone who loves young adult adventure or historical fiction and is just as good if you don t And if you have read it before or are a fan I hope you ll appreciate it or be motivated to read it again As for me I look forward to re reading The Eagle of the Ninth again and again and seeing it even deeply each time along with my own life and self as a result As I ve dug deeper into the book this time I know I ve by no means exhausted the truth heart and meaning it contains for me personally and in general and I look forward to discovering yet when I read it yet again someday

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Back the symbol of the lost legion’s honour their standard the Eagle of the Ninth Now adapted as a major motion picture ‘The Eagle’ starring Channing Tatum Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland ‘The Eagle of the Ninth’ is a timeless tale that will thrill all listeners This recording was previously available on cassette. Rating Clarification 45 StarsMy first Rosemary Sutcliff book but it will not be my last This tale of Roman Britain and the lost Ninth Legion brings the reader into a fully imagined yet realistic world in which honor and duty are sacrosanct and the meeting of two cultures can be either a time of mutual respect or bloody conflict and distrust Sutcliff is one darn brilliant writer of characters and settings I could fully picture the time period the people and the atmosphere It rang true and nothing seemed out of sync or out of periodOverall it did surprise me how good this book was I mean exceptionally good I don t think I ve enjoyed a YA novel since Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games there are no similarities between the two books except that both are well written and hard to put downAlthough written primarily for a YA audience back in the mid 1950 s Sutcliff doesn t hesitate to challenge her readers with terms and phrases they might not understand heck who am I kidding it was a challenge for me at times Very probably young readers of the 50 s were well read and grounded in history then I wasThis is a story I wouldn t hesitate to recommend to young and old alike Although boys might find a greater appreciation for the story I feel it crosses age and gender lines as wellAnd imagine my surprise and delight to find that the 2011 movie The Eagle is based on this novel Now I ve got to go put this on my Netflix ueue to see if the film makers did the book justice Probably not but hey Jamie Bell is in it


About the Author: Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff CBE was a British novelist best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction Although primarily a children's author the uality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults She once commented that she wrote for children of all ages from nine to ninetyBorn in West Clandon Surrey Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father