Memoirs of Hadrian by Grace Frick, Marguerite Yourcenar

Memoirs of Hadrian

Grace Frick, Marguerite Yourcenar

fiction historical challenging informative reflective slow-paced

347 pages | first published 1951


Both an exploration of character and a reflection on the meaning of history, Memoirs of Hadrian has received international acclaim since its first publication in France in 1951. In it, Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous ...
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reflective 100%
challenging 66%
emotional 66%
inspiring 16%
relaxing 16%
sad 16%


slow 80%
medium 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 66% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 66% | No: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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