The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100

  • Title: The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100
  • Author: Zane Kotker
  • ISBN: 9781937146559
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Inner Sea A Novel of the Year A globalizing Rome has taken nations and tribes by force and the loss of national and tribal identity leaves people adrift in an indifferent empire A widow sends her former slave to fetch her grandda
    A globalizing Rome has taken nations and tribes by force, and the loss of national and tribal identity leaves people adrift in an indifferent empire A widow sends her former slave to fetch her granddaughter, while a silver merchant routes his son around the Mediterranean where Jews and Christians are pulling apart from each other Jews find themselves without their centraA globalizing Rome has taken nations and tribes by force, and the loss of national and tribal identity leaves people adrift in an indifferent empire A widow sends her former slave to fetch her granddaughter, while a silver merchant routes his son around the Mediterranean where Jews and Christians are pulling apart from each other Jews find themselves without their centralizing Temple, Christians without their Son of God Fatalists tun to the stars, Stoics and Epicureans only to themselves The two young people cross paths, bringing down the worlds of their parents and testing the wisdom of the man whom Rome calls Son of God the emperor, Trajan.

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    About Zane Kotker


    1. Zane Kotker s first editor, Bob Gottlieb at Knopf, told her she could choose to write the same novel over and over and so develop a readership or she could try whatever she wanted with each new book Those were the days She chose the varied course, producing two historical novels, one study of young motherhood, an investigation of a cultural phenomenon, and the story of her father s life Her novels have been acclaimed by The New Yorker and The New York Times Her short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Antioch Review, and The Sun She has won a fiction grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Must Read 2012 from the Massachusetts Center for the Book She lives in Western Massachusetts.


    354 Comments


    1. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a time period that I didn't know much about, and I liked learning about it through all the different perspectives of the characters. It's a book that takes you away to another place and time, and gives a very different take on early Christianity than I had ever heard before. I also appreciated the balance between male and female characters which is not easy to find, especially in historical fiction.

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    2. This was a lovely, lyrical book about a period of time that is not often treated in historical fiction. Kotker's writing is fresh and never sentimental, and I really shared her characters' struggles with the big questions of their times.

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    3. History is messy…especially when trying to recount it as it’s unfolding. We need only to observe our current world situations to appreciate this difficulty. Zane Kotker, in “The Inner Sea”, has managed to capture the complexities, ambiguities, and the subtleties of the year 100 as they evolve through the eyes and mouths of people of that time. The amount of history and detail that Kotker has managed to assimilate and then recount in such a readable, absorbing manner is a worthy feat. “ [...]

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    4. I loved this book. The subject matter, the believable characters, the clear yet subtle writing style: it was all enthralling. It’s set in the Roman Empire in the year 100 AD, yet most of the events and circumstances presented resemble what is happening in the world today. I'm stunned by Kotker’s ability to translate so much knowledge and history into such delightfully readable fiction.

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    5. This novel was an interesting look at life around the Mediterranean Sea in the year 100. The plot involves the interaction of Jews, Christians, upper class Romans, slaves and freedmen. a little slow, but I enjoyed the interaction and the fact that the author avoided putting modern opinions and ideas in the various characters.

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    6. I just finished The Inner Sea, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Memorable, well drawn characters, a fascinating clash of cultures, and an ending that I didn't see coming. It's beautifully written as well.

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    7. I loved this book.e atmosphere and the amazingly detailed history made for a very satisfying read. If you haven't read any books by Zane Kotker, read some.e is an amazing writer

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    8. A fantastic and thought provoking read set during a time that is explored too little in the realms of fiction.

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