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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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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. When she apologized Alexander’s words were, “He too is Alexander, Madam.

Breakfast with the Tye Details. All Of Us There Details.

Some Tame Gazelle Details. BUT he was referred to as Alexander’s “most Beloved” and Alexander did indeed kiss him in public after he won the dancing competition.

Anne peersian Green Gables Details. This is a novel to read and re-read, just to enjoy the sublime prose. Before learning more about his life, I had thought that his conquests were merely to quench his thirst for power – to be the King above all Kings; the Great King.

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Roman commentators opposed to imperial rule] unconvincing attempts to show Alexander corrupted by success are clear enough. In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non-fiction biography of Alexander.

The Vet’s Daughter Details. Bagoas’ narration provides both a Persian view of the conquest and persiaj intimate look at the personality of the conqueror. Circles Of Deceit Details. Not a Member Yet? That Alexander may have been attracted to a eunuch is possible enough, and there is certainly testimony that he kept Bagoas with him at least some of the time.

The potential for jealousy between Bagoas and Hephaistion has been tthe, as well as the romantic relationships between Alexander and these two most notable male partners. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. All my sense of the ancient world – its values, its style, the scent of its wars peraian passions – comes from Mary Renault.


Interestingly, Renault has a pertinent comment in her author’s note regarding what has been seen as a very renult debate in historical fiction the book was published in ; dedication to historical accuracy.

On the other hand, I wonder if I can really blame Renault for this. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. genault

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Once I got home for winter break, I was looking for something to read and remembered that I had this, so I figured – what the heck, why not.

E’ proprio un suo talento aver creato un personaggio a tutto tondo. Julian is a gifted actor but denies himself the career he longs for, and she senses that beneath his charm and humour something is holding him back. In this House of Brede Details.

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In a sense, The Charioteerthe story of two young gay servicemen in the s who try to model their relationship on the ideals bpy in Plato’s Phaedrus and Symposium, is a warm-up for Renault’s historical novels. Ad amare la cultura, ad amare il diverso. 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.

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. Is this anything like the song of achilles? As their relationship develops against the background of famine, siege and civil conflict, Mary Renault expertly conveys the intricacies of classical Greek culture.

I loved Bagoas’s voice, and the beautiful details of the character insights. Five out of five, without hesitation. Desert Of The Heart Details. 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”. Renaulg de Jager is a London-based native Dutch speaker who writes in English. His passion renaukt glory, his bravery, and his relationship with Hephaestion Alexander’s childhood friend and Patroklos-like figure.


I appreciated it as a book that gave voice to a voiceless figure in history, for eunuchs and concubines get mentioned on the sidelines of both of histories and novels – for a character to rise to the rank of protagonist, normally they must daringly and implausibly escape both of those situations.

Christmas at High Rising Details. 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 True Heart Details. And while those can be respectable things in their own right, this book gives us the gift of emotions, psychology, and subtle philosophy. Every time I read it I could just turn it over and start from the beginning again. Mary Renault wrote this delightfully provocative novel in partly in answer to the despair characteristic of Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness. However, several years later, having just now finished the last of her historical novels that I will ever read for the first time two of her earlier, contemporary set efforts I haven’t been able to secure yetI find that I can look at her with clearer, more judgmental eyes.

Never mind, I thought, from whom his heart accepts it.

Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes Details. No More Than Human Details. All in all a good read, but not my favourite. The care and seriousness with which she endowed her historical novels impressed me – here, I thought, is another person like me! Renault argues that Bagoas must have earned the admiration and affection of the army by his courage and fortitude, and his help to others, during the desert crossing.

The Rising Tide Details. Many months later, upon realising that TPB was actually written in a first-person account, perssian.

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