The Persian boy

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Pantheon Books, Oct 12, 1972 - Fiction - 419 pages
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"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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Review: The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great #2)

User Review  - Isabella Chen - Goodreads

I picked this book up after watching Oliver Stone's Alexander, which I found out was based on Mary Renault's version of the historical figure. Bagoas in the movie was an intriguing and captivating ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Dqframey - Goodreads

A tale full of heart and longing. The love scenes are pretty oblique, more than you might expect in a novel about a eunuch pleasure boy, but that feels more out of a romantic sensibility than from prudishness. Read full review


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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.