The Persian Boy

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Vintage Books, 1988 - Fiction - 419 pages
159 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  - Kingsley Adrian - Goodreads

Moving, gripping, evocative... a true love story of longing and passion and the inability to ask for more than is given... a tale of emotional torture and pain that comes with true love... Mary Renault was indeed magnificent... beats the other writers of the times... Read full review

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

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The books is good, but I really dislike the main character, Bagoas. I guess reading the first book I like Hephaistion more than Bagoas. I could really feels Alexander's pain when Hephaistion died. I ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Mary Renault died in 1983.

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