The Persian Boy

The Persian Boy

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A narrative of the life of Alexander the Great from the age of twenty-six until his death seven years later.
Renault's masterpiece. One of the greatest historical novels ever written—<b>Sarah Waters</b>
Publisher: London :, Virago,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©1972
ISBN: 9781844089581
Characteristics: xiv, 475 pages ;,20 cm.

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goldenbeetle
May 22, 2019

Renault writes in a way that is different if the writing is compared to how novels are written today in the 21st century. As a 20 year old (at the moment), I haven't read anything like this in a general sense. Not for reading done in school, nor for reading in leisure.
The writing prose is beautiful, soft, and rich.
How can prose be beautiful? Beauty is the order in which all characters are living people acting in their own will on a page that has already laid the foundation of events that will play out before them.
How can prose be soft? By empathizing with the protagonist, Renault engages the readers into
what Bagoas already knows and what he feels...it personally evokes feeling of curiosity and attachment to the character. To see what will happen to him. To see what will happen next.
How can prose be rich? Page 92 -

"...whose work was [ . . . ] rewarded; a soul beloved of Mithra, one to go straight to Paradise, whom the River of Ordeal would never scald. All was well again. Loyalty had returned. Light had conquered the dark Lie."

Pretty rich (at least...in description? in imagery? in some wonder?) I'd say.

On another note--there are so many Greek names (or side characters) that I wonder if all those names are necessary to mention.

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j_danehey
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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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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