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Alexander the Great

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  211 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This novel, which resists the temptation to portray Alexander in the mantle of purely romantic legend, covers his life from age fifteen to his death at age thirty-two. Typical of Kazantzakis, this story, like the legends of old, is entertaining as well as instructive for readers of all ages.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 15th 1982 by Ohio University Press (first published 1978)
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Vera
Jan 03, 2013 Vera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μια διαφορετική βιογραφία του Μέγα Αλέξανδρου στηριζόμενη σε ιστορικά στοιχεία, αλλά και στη φαντασία του Καζαντζάκη. Η προσωπικότητα του Αλέξανδρου αναδύεται μέσα από την εξιστόρηση της μεγάλης εκστρατείας του και διάφορα μικροεπεισόδια που φωτίζουν διάφορες πτυχές της, άλλοτε θετικές και άλλοτε αρνητικές!Παρά την υπέρμετρη φιλοδοξία του και το ασίγαστο πάθος για τη νίκη ο Αλέξανδρος του Νίκου Καζαντζάκη καταφέρνει να μαγέψει με το δικό του τρόπο μικρούς και μεγάλους αναγνώστες!
Vera
Jan 03, 2013 Vera rated it it was amazing
Μια διαφορετική βιογραφία του Μέγα Αλέξανδρου στηριζόμενη σε ιστορικά στοιχεία, αλλά και στη φαντασία του Καζαντζάκη. Η προσωπικότητα του Αλέξανδρου αναδύεται μέσα από την εξιστόρηση της μεγάλης εκστρατείας του και διάφορα μικροεπεισόδια που φωτίζουν διάφορες πτυχές της, άλλοτε θετικές και άλλοτε αρνητικές!
Nikolaos Kantanas
Aug 11, 2016 Nikolaos Kantanas rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, fiction
For those who are interested in a strict retelling of the history of Alexander the Great, this is not the book you are looking for. This is a fictional retelling which focuses on the individual Alexander III of Macedon and the pathos with which he and his companions were bound together. It is as much a fictional retelling of a historical person and time, as it is a dissertation on the spirit of youth. Kazantzakis shows Macedon as the new face of Greece which supplants the old and brings with it ...more
Sally He
Sep 13, 2016 Sally He rated it liked it
Honestly, the author is my favorite writer, but I have to say, this book is not as good as the Last Temptation of Christ. It's not storytelling but a straightforward introduction about Alexander's life. If you want to find a book that tells you Alexander the Great in details, it's not the book you need.
FicusFan
Smoothly written, can't blame the translator for this. It is a YA book, that whitewashes and romanticizes Alexander.

No conflict with Philip - except one scene for which Philip eventually apologizes
No conflict with Olympias
No conflict between Olympias and Philip
No 'relationship' with Hephastion, other than special friend
No son from Philip's second marriage
Philip's murder was due to 'verbal insult' to Pausanias
No Roxanne at all
No relationship with Bogoas, he becomes a local somewhere who alerts A
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Azzageddi
Oct 08, 2013 Azzageddi rated it liked it
Shelves: greek, 20th-century
A fairly straightforward retelling of the life of Alexander from his teen years to his death. All the major events and themes are present: the taming of Bucephalus, the confrontation with a drunk Philip at a bacchanal, his monomania with regards to hunting down and personally destroying Darius, etc. However, as another Goodreads member, FicusFan, so aptly put it in their review, there's a great deal of excision from the Alexander story here, too. "White-wash" may be a bit harsh, and I'm not quit ...more
Ali
Mar 24, 2007 Ali rated it it was ok
Shelves: world-literature
One should not imagine about a historical biography novel, but a novel based on the historical life of Alexander the Great, mostly adventurouw, starts the life of Alexander as a young boy, to the end of his short life, with no referece to Roxanne, the famous woman in Alexander’s life.
Penelope
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Ioannis Charalampopoulos
Mar 27, 2016 Ioannis Charalampopoulos rated it it was amazing
Ίσως από τα πιο ωραία βιβλία που μπορεί να διαβάσει ένα παιδί.
Ήταν από τα πρώτα μου αναγνώσματα και νομίζω ότι με έκανε να αγαπήσω το βιβλίο.
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