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The Persian boy.

Author: Mary Renault
Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books [1972]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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A narrative of the life of Alexander the Great from the age of twenty-six until his death seven years later.
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Renault, Mary.
Persian boy.
New York, Pantheon Books [1972]
(OCoLC)567979175
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, Makedonien König; ALEXANDER, EL GRANDE; Alexander, the Great
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Renault
ISBN: 0394481917 9780394481913
OCLC Number: 369921
Description: 419 pages maps 22 cm

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A narrative of the life of Alexander the Great from the age of twenty-six until his death seven years later.

"In Fire from Heaven, Mary Renault followed the career of the young Alexander the Great, up to his accession when he was twenty. In The Persian Boy, we meet him six years later and follow him to his death in a superbly moving narrative told by his young lover and companion, Bagoas, a real historical person, who may well have influenced history. For the beautiful slave-boy Bagoas, bought plaything of Darius the Persian King, the invader's brilliant victories are at first mere palace rumor. Then, at the battle of Gaugamela, the empire crumbles about its ill-fated, ineffectual ruler. After his death, Bagoas, adrift and destitute, is rescued by a rebel satrap suing for pardon, brought as a peace-offering to Alexander, and taken into his household. Alexander is a man with little experience of sensuality, but a profound need of affection. Bagoas' famous beauty has been much exploited, but his affection has been needed by no one. Their meeting is irresistible to both. The adventures of Alexander's last seven years, some stirring, some tragic, are thus told by Bagoas, an expert courtier and courtesan, sophisticated far beyond his years, boyish only in his devotion. It is a tale rich in historical insight and detail, especially in Bagoas' view of Alexander's growing sympathy with his Persian subjects, a markedly different view from that of the victorious Macedonians, jealous of their status as master race. In a bold shift of narrator and style, Mary Renault finishes here her story of Alexander, leaving us with an incomparable picture of the conqueror and his world, and a picture of human involvement and affection that is rare in the art of fiction about the past."--Book jacket.

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