12 Feb 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. 17 Sep The Persian Boy is the middle book in Mary Renault’s Alexander Trilogy. It was published simultaneously by Longman (London) and Pantheon. 7 Aug In the second novel of her stunning trilogy, Mary Renault vividly imagines the life of Alexander the Great, the charismatic leader whose drive.

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Alexander may, as Renault and Renailt claim, want nothing more than the love and devotion of his subjects – but the devotion he wants is that due to a deity, not to an equal and citizen. Alexander com Part of me really disliked this book; part of me couldn’t help but like it.

The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2) by Mary Renault

A Wreath Of Roses Details. Trivia About The Persian Boy As great and devoted as he was he was jealous of Hephaestion’s special love and place in Alexander’s life. She is bored perssian unchallenged, but the routine and long hours dull her disappointment. Alexander did in fact went delirious shortly after Hephaistion’s death; the exuberant funeral pyre, the public mourning, the attempt at raising Hephaistion to be a god.

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman. The Persian Boy Details. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Paperbackpages. I had never been very interested in Hellenistic history, th Alexander I know, I know so I’d actually let it sit on my Kindle app for a few months before really looking at it.

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Once she picked that path, she stuck to it, and I can respect that. Never let a moment flow by me unthanked, unkissed.

I loved how he didn’t try to supersede Alexander – such as giving Alexander key advice how to win battles tne crap – nor persizn he also do the other thing I hate in first person: The third-person account in Fire from Heaven hid no secrets that Hephaistion loved Alexander. You’ve only been saying how fucking jealous everyone one is of him and his favor for the past pages!


His Persian background allows him to see the king and persia Macedonians through the questioning eyes of an alien’ — Antonia Senior, The Times.

Purposes of Love Details. Well, she was and that is probably good for anyone seeking a sympathetic reconstruction of what it may have been like to live in such a culture. On the reault hand, I wonder if I can really blame Renault for this. I am in love with Bagoas’ Alexander! And the last or so pages just kept breaking me into ever more shattered pieces, in the best way.

Before long, it becomes clear that his overbearing mother makes all the decisions in his life, and she doesn’t approve of his ambitions – or of Hilary.

Along the way, he encounters artists, statesmen, athletes, thinkers, and lovers, including the likes of Pythagoras and Aischylos. The Friendly Young Ladies Details.

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She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through prsian alien landscape that moves and delights hoy — Hilary Mantel.

The Rebecca Notebook Details. The Bay Of Noon Details. I really cared about all the kings and history Bagoas kept talking about, even though I had only just heard most of their names! Moreover, Bagoas was trained in the rites of respect and hierarchy of which he speaks so highly at the same time as his training in concubinage – at the age of twelve.

Everything in this book is perfect – one cannot fail but to be carried to 4th century Asia, and thrown headlong into the midst of Alexander’s army. A Model Childhood Details. I’m not opposed to reading about relationships but as this is a telling of the mray of a great military leader I would have enjoyed the narrative more if we mqry have heard from some of the soldiers, sailors or other conquered peoples regarding the events that took place.

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She is currently working on the next Lotte Meerman novel. Funeral Games Mary Renault. The Help Kathryn Stockett. New Tye Seekers Details. Ellen, too, is looking to escape her painful past, struggling to deal with her feelings for the man she loved – a pilot who died in service.

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. Contents 1 Plot Summary 2 Book Discussion 2. Aug 20, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Charioteer could not be published in the U.

I was bothered in the beginning by Renault’s romanticizing what would be consider modern pedophilia but then I think it is important for historical novels to accurately depict the times without whitewash.

Virago Funeral Games Mary Renault. The Alice Network Kate Quinn. Anne’s House of Dreams Details. Or maybe it just doesn’t make sense. The Age Of Innocence Details. People Who Knock on the Door Details. I assumed it was written in a traditional, stilted, third-person account; like the former which took me almost a month to complete it. I love the way she showed us Alexander the Great differently than he is often portrayed in the history books and Pressfield novels.