[ Reading ] ➽ The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2) Author Mary Renault – Gasengineersinglasgow.co.uk

[ Reading ] ➽ The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2)  Author Mary Renault – Gasengineersinglasgow.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2)
  • Mary Renault
  • English
  • 11 September 2019
  • 0394751019

The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2) 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 MonthlyThe 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.


About the Author: Mary Renault

Mary Renault was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non fiction biography of Alexander.Her historical novels are all set in ancient Greece They include a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus and a trilogy about the career of Alexander Mary Renault was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non fiction biography of Alexander.Her historical novels are all set in ancient Greece They include a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus and a trilogy about the career of Alexander the Great In a sense, The Charioteer 1953 , the story of two young gay servicemen in the 1940s who try to model their relationship on the ideals expressed in Plato s Phaedrus and Symposium, is a warm up for Renault s historical novels By turning away from the 20th century and focusing on stories about male lovers in the warrior societies of ancient Greece, Renault no longer had to deal with homosexuality and anti gay prejudice as social problems Instead she was free to focus on larger ethical and philosophical concerns, while examining the nature of love and leadership The Charioteer could not be published in the U.S until 1959, after the success of The Last of the Wine proved that American readers and critics would accept a serious gay love story


10 thoughts on “The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2)

  1. says:

    I used to think I despised love stories I would wonder what was wrong with me love stories are supposed to move us, I would think They re supposed to make us feel things other stories cannot So I thought But all the love stories I saw were the unbelievable kind The ridiculous caricatures on display in romantic comedies, the happily ever afters we were fed in fairy tales Where was the pain , I would ask Where was the suffering, and the longing And perhaps above all, do these charac I used to think I despised love stories I would wonder what was wrong with me love stories are supposed to move us, I would think They re supposed to make us feel things other stories cannot So I thought But all ...

  2. says:

    The Persian Boy Alexander the Great 1 , Mary RenaultThe Persian Boy is a 1972 historical novel written by Mary Renault and narrated by Bagoas, a young Persian from an aristocratic family who is captured by his father s enemies, castrated, and sold as a slave to the king Darius III, who makes him his favorite Eventually he becomes the lover and most faithful servant of Alexander the Great, who overthrew Darius and captured the Persian Empire Bagoas narration provides both a Persian view of t The Persian Boy Alexander the Great 1 , Mary RenaultThe Persian Boy is a 1972 historical novel written by Mary Renault and narrated by Bagoas, a young Persian from an aristocratic family who is captured by his father s enemies, castrated, and sold as a slave to the king Darius III, who makes him his favorite Eventually he becomes the lover and most faithful servant of Alexander the Great, who overthrew Darius and captured the Persian Empire Bagoas narration provides bot...

  3. says:

    After thinking about this bookI had to change the rating The lack of my perfect Hephaistion ruined the book for me He was the most important person in Alexander s life, for goodness sake It doesn t matter if they were actually lovers or not He was the only person who loved Alexander as a person And that s why Alexander valued his opinion the most Hephaistion never lied to Alexander, if he thought that the king was wrong, he said it He was a very brave man, capable of doing amazing After thinking about this bookI had to change the rating The lack of my perfect Hephaistion ruined the book for me He was the most important person in Alexander s life, for goodness sake It doesn t matter if they were actually lovers or not He was the only person who loved Alexander as a person And that s why Alexander valued his opinion the most Hephaistion never lied to Alexander, if he thought that the king was wrong, he said it He was a very brave man, capable of doing amazing things People envied and hated him becau...

  4. says:

    I really don t have a lot to say about this book It s the first one by Renault that I ve been hmm, not disappointed, but perhaps underwhelmed by We continue with the story of Alexander the Great from the point at which we left him in Fire from Heaven Or we sort of do because this volume is told to us as the first person memoirs of Bagoas, a Persian noble whose family was killed during internecine fighting for the Persian throne Bagoas is captured as a young boy by his family s murderers and I really don t have a lot to say about this book It s the first one by Renault that I ve been hmm, not disappointed, but perhaps underwhelmed by We continue with the story of Alexander the Great from the point at which we left him in Fire from Heaven Or we sort of do because this volume is told to us as the first person memoirs of Bagoas, a Persian noble whose family was killed during internecine fighting for the Persian throne Bagoas is captured as a young boy by his family s murderers and is made into a eunuch who, due to his good looks, is ultimately sold as a sex slave By some fairly circuitous routes he moves from dire circumstances to become first the lover of the Persian King Darius and, finally, fulfills the same role for Alexander The first quarter...

  5. says:

    Splendid I savored every page Bagoas s devotion to his lord and his understanding of the warrior he lay with every night his deep love for Alexander and respect for this flawed but incredible man, moved and inspired me.The tale is epic The journey is unforgettable The excitement and exotic landscapes are beautifully rendered the history and romance coming together like Macedonia and Persia.The last few chapters, from Hephaistion s death and on, are worth the whole sweeping book.In Hades wo Splendid I savored every page Bagoas s devotion to his lord and his understanding of the warrior he lay with every night his deep love for Alexander and respect for this flawed but incredible man, moved and insp...

  6. says:

    Every time I pick this book up to read just a passage I find myself getting sucked in again This is my desert island book, if I could just bring one with me Every time I read it I could just turn it over and start from the beginning again It s epic and then again, it s about a boy s first love There s the sweep of history, and then there s very personal humor and heartbreak Seriously, Bagoas will rip your heart out The la...

  7. says:

    It is possible though somewhat distressing that my love affair with Mary Renault is beginning to draw to a close It began about eight years ago, when I first read The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea surrounding a passionate, pilgrimage like trip to Greece I was amazed that Renault possessed the same respect, reverence even for the Greeks and the Greek culture that I did The care and seriousness with which she endowed her historical novels impressed me here, I thought, is another It is possible though somewhat distressing that my love affair with Mary Renault is beginning to draw to a close It began about eight years ago, when I first read The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea surrounding a passionate, pilgrimage like trip to Greece I was amazed that Renault possessed the same respect, rev...

  8. says:

    4.5 Conquered StarsI drew close and whispered,I love you, Alexander,and kissed him Never mind, I thought, from whom his heart accepts it Let it be according to his wish My hair had fallen on his breast His eyes opened his hand moved, and touched a strand, and ran it between his fingers.He knew me To that I will take my oath before the gods It was to me that he bade farewell Despite enjoying Fire from Heaven, I was reluctant to continue with The Persian Boy I assumed it was written i 4.5 Conquered StarsI drew close and whispered,I love you, Alexander,and kissed him Never mind, I thought, from whom his heart accepts it Let it be according to his wish My hair had fallen on his breast His eyes opened his hand moved, and touched a strand, and ran it between his fingers.He knew me To that I will take my oath before the gods It was to me that he bade farewell Despite enjoying Fire from Heaven, I was reluctant to continue with The Persian Boy I assumed it was written in a traditional, stilted, third person account like the former which took me almost a month to complete it Many months later, upon realising that TPB was actually written in a first person accoun...

  9. says:

    I had to sit with this book and digest it for a few days after finishing before I could even start to put together coherent thoughts about it The writing style is a lot simpler from the first book, where you chase around Alexander s thoughts in a limited third person This book is a relatively straight forward first person told by Bagoas, and you spend most of your mental effort on the themes instead of the prose, which is appreciated The fundamental theme of the book, to my read...

  10. says:

    The only historical romance the stole my heart and broke it at the end..so sad Bagoas was a young nobleman s son Through treachery of his father s friend, his own family was killed and him sold into slavery, gelded and sold to a merchant He was only 12 and he was raped and molested by his master and clients Later he was sold to the King of Persia and became a dancer and a pleasure slave When A...

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