If you want to read it, read it as a piece of history, and not looking for a very deep meaning. Nov 24, Ibrahim Z rated it liked it. This was alright.
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I liked the beginning, when it read more like an ethnography than the love story and subsequent political rant it became. Some of the prose and Donnelly's predictions for the fucture! Jul 14, Leslie D.
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This novel gets off to a good start and then runs off on a wild tangent. This book reminded me very much of V for Vendetta, and the beginning has a very cool Steampunk feel to it. Oct 15, Katie rated it liked it.
A sensationalist novel with a plot that eerily resembles the current Occupy Wall Street phenomena Some interesting ideas but gets a bit rambly. Jul 23, Wisteria Leigh rated it liked it. Current Read. I really didn't like this novel. It's interesting enough as a primary text for studying the period, but as literature it's quite lacking.
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Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century by Ignatius L. Donnelly
Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Its sales eventually comprised , copies. Caesar's Column is partly based on Donnelly's commitment to agrarian Populism. In , two years after the publication of his novel, Donnelly drafted the platform of the Populist Party , in which he wrote,. This is the world view of Caesar's Column : a man comes from his rural environment to the heart of a brutal capitalist oligarchy ; he sees its corruptions firsthand, and witnesses its destruction. Donnelly's novel partly concerns the debated question of the alleged anti-Semitism of the Populist movement.
As some other speculative writers did Anna Bowman Dodd 's book The Republic of the Future is a contemporaneous example , Donnelly cast his fiction in the form of an epistolary novel. His first-person narrator Gabriel Weltstein writes a series of letters to his brother, recounting his experiences during a visit to New York. Weltstein is a wool merchant from Uganda early Zionist thinkers considered the possibility of founding a Jewish state in Uganda.
Weltstein wants to avoid dealing with an international cartel and sell wool directly to American manufacturers. Weltstein travels to New York City by airship ; he is dazzled by the city's brilliant illumination, powered by tapping into the Aurora Borealis. In the city, subways operate below transparent sidewalks. At the Hotel Darwin, Weltstein finds a televised menu to guide him among exotic choices, from edible spiders to bird's nests from China.