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

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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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An interesting and important historical novel in the world of classical gay lit, but it was probably better 40 years ago The book discussion group at the LGBT Center in NYC read this novel in ... Read full review

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Mary Renault died in 1983.

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