Fire from Heaven

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Vintage Books, 1977 - Fiction - 478 pages
121 Reviews
During his first twenty years of life, Alexander the Great is torn between admiration, hatred, and love for his father, asserts his independence from his mother's jealous love, is tutored by Aristotle, and becomes king of Macedon

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Review: Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great #1)

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Brilliant introduction to King Philip, Alexander the Great and their lives. Renault's writing is seductive, subsuming - wonderful Read full review

Review: Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great #1)

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I could not really get into this book in spite of the great reviews. I found the writing style somewhat strange - very choppy. She presupposes a good historical knowledge of that time period and its ... Read full review

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About the author (1977)

Mary Renault was born in London and educated at Oxford. She then trained for three years as a nurse, and wrote her first published novel, Promise of Love. Her next three novels were written while serving in WWII. After the war, she settled in South Africa and traveled considerably in Africa and Greece. It was at this time that she began writing her brilliant historical reconstructions of ancient Greece, including The King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, and The Persian Boy. She died in Cape Town in 1983.

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