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February 20, 2014 | History

Upon the Rock 2 editions

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About the Book

'Upon the Rock' is a blend of narrative voices and styles that tells the story of Marcus Baird, a gay man from Townsville, and Aemilius, a character from a novel set in Ancient Rome written by Aaron J Clarke. Marcus Baird hopes to win the author’s affections. His quest for love leads him to England where he is imprisoned in the writer’s house. During his captivity, he is forced to confess his darkest secrets with the hope of gaining absolution and, most importantly, Aaron’s love. Likewise, Aemilius hopes to win the affections of Culcita, a dangerous youth who threatens the Roman Republic. Aemilius’ quest for love results in him writing his life story and that of Rome’s, where deception leads to murder.


“Upon the Rock” is a most interesting novel. It has been regarded by some, as Clarke’s definitive masterpiece, yet others tend to consider “Upon the Rock” not worthy of critical appraisal. The critics holding the latter opinion have their reasons: they believe that Clarke’s lack of insight into his characters makes his creation appear wooden, which is illustrated in their dialogue. His characters speak as though they are the same; thus, the critics argue, the author lacks psychological insight into his creation. Furthermore, his writing style is a hybrid of modern with a blend of the ornate. Thus, his characters lack realism and the reader loses sympathy for them.

Critics, like me, applaud his offbeat story telling. Clarke changes narrative perspective. He introduces a mysterious first-person narrator, M.B. and then another first person, Aemilius. Both M.B. and Aemilius are linked together; one is the narrator in the Roman novella, and the other is the reader of the Roman novella. The reader comments on the novella, as well as commenting on the author, Aaron. It could be said that I too am a creation of the writer. However, that is another story, which I do not want to dwell on.
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2 editions First published in 2011

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Upon the Rock
7 December 2013, Lulu
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Upon the Rock
2011, Wordclay
Paperback in English


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