THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS by Ellis Dillon

THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As the slave of kindly Scrofa, a poor Italian artist, Timon the Athenian arrives in Pompeii expecting to do their usual friezes and such but he becomes involved with several others dissatisfied with the status quo and engineers an escape. Lovestricken Cornelia and Trebius appreciate his intervention, Nass, a scrupulous pirate, also values his enterprise, and several others have reasons for wanting to flee. At the arranged hour, this large lackluster crew of variously unhappy souls sails out of the harbor on Nass' ship; before you can say Vesuvius, they outwit those who would betray them--knives flashing all around--and witness the timely eruption. Timon is one of those stock juvenile figures whose sensibility shines through his compromising situation, and the plot, complete with preliminary tremors, is no big bang either.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Nelson