The Persian Boy

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Vintage Books, 1988 - 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  - Elen Sentier - Goodreads

Well, I've begun The Persian Boy but like some other reviewers I'm not finding it as good as Fire from Heaven. I so wish Renault had written a sequel straight on from her first Alexander book; I want ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

I'm not sure why this book is so controversial. When Mary Renault wrote it (1972) she created a firestorm. People demanded that it be banned and it was removed from libraries all across the country ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1988)

Mary Renault died in 1983.

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