The Persian Boy

The Persian Boy

Book - 1988
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1988, c1972
ISBN: 9780394751016
0394751019
Characteristics: 419 p. : maps ; 21 cm

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May 12, 2016

A fantastic, immersive read. If you want a book that takes you to another place, this is it. After reading "The Persian Boy" I think *I'm* in love with Alexander the Great, too.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Abducted from his family as a boy, Bagoas is sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but finds freedom with Alexander the Great.

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