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)

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I did not love this book, which disappointed me considerably, given how much I loved Fire From Heaven. I found Bagoas to be annoying, codependent, and beyond obsessed with Alexander, not at all like a ... Read full review

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

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The Persian Boy Mary Renault presents a powerful portrayal of Alexander the Great's last years from the point of view of Bagoas, a young Persian eunuch of great beauty. This is no salacious bodice ... Read full review


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Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.