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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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Alexander the Great's main man tells his story of devotion and sacrifice. The main character suffers in order to serve and yet [somehow] comes through it all feeling as though it was all worth it...through his humility he triumphs. Read full review

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User Review  - elsyd - LibraryThing

A great account of Alexander the Great and his travels, and conquests, of the then known world. I would recommend reading the Author's Notes before embarking on the book. I really liked the second ... Read full review

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Section 1
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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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