The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

The Persian Boy

Mary Renault
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  • ISBN
    9780394751016 / 0394751019
  • Title The Persian Boy
  • Author Mary Renault
  • Category Historical Fiction
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 1988
  • Pages 432
  • Publisher
    Vintage Books
  • Imprint Vintage Books
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 132mm x 23mm x 203mm

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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 Description

“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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“It takes skill to depict, as Renault has done, this half-man, half-courtesan who is so deeply in love with the warrior”. The Atlanic Monthly

Author Biography

Mary Renault died in 1983..

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