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The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
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Mar 23, 12


I first read this book at about 14, and it was my introduction to the idea that some men had sexual relationships with one another, and that some civilizations accepted it. At the time I was deeply into Alexander the Great, and this book added to my hunger for information and perspective on the life of this amazing man. Now, some 36 years later, I have to wonder if Mary Renault used the device of telling the story through the eyes of a slave boy - removed from Alexander and his lover - because she was nervous about getting closer to the gay relationship. Or perhaps she intended the distance as a superior literary device. Hard to know. Regardless, the excellence of her prose shines, and a reader gets a taste of the life of Alexander too.
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