The Persian boy

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Pantheon Books, Oct 12, 1972 - Fiction - 419 pages
146 Reviews
"It takes skill to depict, as Miss Renault has done, this half-man, half Courtesan who is so deeply in love with the warrior."-"The Atlantic Monthly"The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas was sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but found freedom with Alexander after the Macedon army conquered his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes-mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper. After Alexander's mysterious death, we are left wondering if this Persian boy understood the great warrior and his ambitions better than anyone.

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A terrific insight into Alexander The Great. - Goodreads
A wonderful love story. - Goodreads
Well researched and well written. - Goodreads
The writing is exceptional. - Goodreads
Prose was a bit stiff. - Goodreads
Outstanding character development. - Goodreads

Review: The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great #2)

User Review  - Marshall - Goodreads

Original perspective on the life of Alexander the Great. Read full review

Review: The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great #2)

User Review  - Caleb Christian - Goodreads

This was a really good. The narrative aspect of it was better than its predecessor. It was interesting to shift from a third-person limited Alexander POV to a first person Bagoas POV. It added a lot ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1972)

Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.