by Philip Wylie
Number of pages: 180
Gladiator is a brave novel that unflinchingly portrays people at their ugliest and pettiest, all the while reflecting on the better worlds that could be were it not for humanity's relentless failings. The novel partially inspired the comic-book character Superman.
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