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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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  - Hannah Abbott - Goodreads

I read this book in 1974 (clearly an earlier edition than this one), and forty years later, it remains one of my two favorite books in the world. If I could take only two books with me to a desert ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

I really don't have a lot to say about this book. It's the first one by Renault that I've been…hmm, not disappointed, but perhaps underwhelmed by. We continue with the story of Alexander the Great ... Read full review

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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.