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Alexander: The Ends of the Earth

(Alexandros #3)

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Published March 3rd 2006 by Pan Books (first published 1998)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Aléxandros: il confine del mondo = Alexander: The Ends of the Earth (Aléxandros, #3), Valerio Massimo Manfredi
The Ends of the Earth (original title: Il confine del Mondo) is the third and last part of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's trilogy on Alexander the Great. After the Oracle of Ammon told him he is the son of Zeus, Alexander feels invincible and marches north towards the historic town of Babylon. The beautiful city is ravaged and the Palace of Persepolis, the former residence of King Darius, is
Lynne Norman
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Whilst I still enjoyed this, the third and final book in the trilogy, Alexander's biography does start to get a little bit repetitive - he raises an army, fights a battle, expands his kingdom, it's not enough so he moves on - he raises an army, fights a battle, expands his kingdom, it's not enough so he moves on... occasionally he meets the odd Arabian princess and falls in love (or lust?). That said, there are some genuine insights into the kind of person Alexander the Great might have been - a ...more
Mohammad Awny Hamouda  El-Mesallamy
Alexander life was Inspiring .... a flame that glowed fiercely and ended so soon ... I liked the history in th 3 Novel but as a novel it wasn't much really the craft of the novel was not satisfying ... the Arabic version - which I read - I think was censored by the translator - I have to check that :)
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very glad to have finished Manfredi's trilogy: it was good, well-researched and introduced me to Peritas, Alexander's dog. I think that, having read Mary Renault's The Persian Boy, it will be hard for me to really enjoy any narrative retelling of Alexander's conquests. That said, this is a great attempt, I'm not surprised that it was an international bestseller, but...a lot of the major issues were avoided or brushed over: Alexander's bisexuality, the murder of his father, the speculation ov ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, ancient, historical, greek
Valerio Massimo Manfredi's ALEXANDER: THE ENDS OF THE EARTH is the final part of his epic trilogy charting the life of Alexander the Great. This one takes us through to the gruelling end, incorporating Alexander's war against the Persian king, Darius, and his invasion of India along the way.

It's an eventful read as ever, although it never quite reaches the same level of quality as the previous instalment, THE SANDS OF AMMON. The main reason for this is that THE ENDS OF THE EARTH is a lot thicker
Travis Gomez
The concluding novel to Manfredi's Alexander Trilogy is the biggest in the series which reflects Alexander's growing ambition as he turns his sights on the Persian empire and beyond. Like the first few books, the novel moves at a brisk pace and deals with the struggles that the army endures both from the environment and every varying foes. The author must be commended for the exhaustive effort that has gone into the background research for this book as well as for depicting the events of the nov ...more
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This is the 3rd and final book of Manfredi’s Alexandros series; a timeless tale of too much, too soon, and let’s stick around to watch it crash and burn in a spectacular fashion. Woo! By the end of this journey it felt like Alexander (a gifted climber), had put a leash on his cat (his army), and proceeded to drag it up Everest. Similar to most tales of trying to conquer the world, it was never going
Chen-Wei Cheong
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This third and final novel in the Alexander trilogy. was not as easy as it seems, not just to write, but also to read. Manfredi did quite a good job of telling the story, using historical facts, and weaving them into as much fiction/speculation about how Alexander died, as much as he could. However, there were too many battles covered, and the material turned rather dry in the middle section, and was a bit of a chore to get through.
Up till today, nobody knows how Alexander died. They have not f
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed and entertaining book about Alexander the Great and all his ups and downs and wars with various nations. The author did an amazing job creating meticulous scenes with great details. You won't get tired of reading it. The book is around five hundred and something pages, but it reads fast and smooth. It has 64 chapters, each one is short and interesting.
So, if you like history and would like to get entertained at the same time. Find this book and start reading it.

Fun and entertai
Marcus Salerno
It is impossible to geographically follow Alexander on his journey. You will need to return to the inizial three maps in the beginning of the book every 5 pages through the book if you want to keep track on where Alexander is heading. On top of that, several sites are not pointed out in the maps so even though one main purpose of this book is to follow Alexander on his journey, you lose his position quite often.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2018
The final volume of Manfredi's Alexander trilogy covers his life and journey from Egypt through Persia, all the way to India and back, until his untimely death. Much like the second book, it's just a little too longwinded and the characters continue to be somewhat too bland and superficially drawn. And I'm just really not a fan of this "Alexander, supreme ladies' man" characterisation...
Scott Gardner
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic
The third book follows the Great into Modern day India , and his fight to hold onto what he already conquered .
Overall , it was an ok read , a little too long in places , my big disapointment , is little is given into his death , and how the empire was left with his demise
Anna Ahveninen
There are some really great moments in this book, but they're eclipsed by the deluge of things that happen. This should have been two or three books, or some stuff should have just been left out. Glad to have read it in any case, but more for the subject matter than for the craft.
Nicolae Tilivea
End .. is fuzzy. And rushed somehow.
Vinayak Malik
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the final book in the triology almost as strong as the previous.
Bernie Buescher
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining fiction, and I learned a good bit about Alexander
Paul Slater
Sorry to give this a low score but Valerio Tells much more than he Shows thus making the story a bit of a yawn. It could have been so much more.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Iam sad as I have come to the end of an excellent series,this author has brought alexander the great back to life,shown him in all glory and faults.
Rashmikanta  mantry
after reading the three books of this series, i felt like Alexander is actually the real dude. He just became a hero in my life.Before reading this book, I felt like he is just a soldier and a good general. But after completing these books i felt like he is a adventure geek. I can feel why he is called Alexander , the great. I can understand the meaning of 'the great'after his name. Except 2-3 scenes, where I felt that Alexander has done the right thing, I felt for for his character. As a overal ...more
Ganesh Rao
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beginning with the decisive battle of Gaugamela, this last (and the longest) instalment of the trilogy takes us on a grand journey of Alexander’s conquest of the vast Persian empire-the rout of the Uxians, the sack of the grand capital Persepolis, the bloody battle at the Jaxartes, the conquest of the Sogdian Rock-until his reluctant turning back at the Hyphasis ( the river Ravi) and his eventual death at Babylon. Throughout this sweeping narrative, Mr.Manfredi builds Alexander’s character layer ...more
John Warren
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this series. i try to compare it to mary renault series they both talk about the battles of course but the difference i see in them in renaults alexander is more compassionate and she has him more of his love interest being with men than with women, she hardly ever says anything about his wives and there views on roxanne are totally diffrent. the times lines are a little different between the 2 also.
in this series i love how it talked about memnon in the second book,i had never really re
The third in a thoroughly enjoyable trilogy that the author refers to as a 'romance' of Alexander the Great's life. The history fascinated me and my progress was slow because I had to Google so many references to places, tribes, battles, etc. The writing sometimes verges on flowery but is often beautiful, e.g., 'the shimmering ribbon of the galaxy was spread out against the celestial vault like a long sigh of light'. Most of all, I have enjoyed the journey. I knew little about Alexander and now ...more
Andreas Michaelides
I am might be biased with my review being GReek, and a devoted lover of Alexander the GReat. This Trilogy was am interesting presentation of Alexanders life, they were points int he all of the three book that I gor bored but they were also amazing stories and story telling. I read these book purely from an academic poitn of view, like research, I didn;t read them waiting to get a buzz. Overall its a nice effort from the writer to present the life and accomplishemnts and also the character of one ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this three book series! One of the greatest adventures, with one of the world's greatest of warriors, spanning thousands of miles! Who isn't intrigued by Alexander the Great? I highly recommend reading this series. I don't normally bother reading historical fiction, but the author went to great lengths to make it as realistic as possible, using dates and facts and figures, locations, characters, all taken from real history. I do miss he'd focused more on Alexander's final da ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last book of 2010!
I found this novel just as well written and descriptive as its forerunners, but I must admit the whole besiege, surrender, endless journeying and sex plot was getting tiresome. Despite how thorough the author's researching has been, I do believe that it was a misjudgment on his part to overlook Alexander's relationship with Hephaestion, considering the 'indefatigable' efforts Manfredi went to describe his repetitive sex sessions with his various and docile wives.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting end to a wonderful trilogy! Valerie Massimo Manfredi has outdone himself with the Alexander trilogy. A masterful storytelling to the legendary heroics of Alexander of Macedon. The story, although most of which is known by any average enthusiast of history, has a wonderful re-imagining at the hands of this gem of a writer who I think is very underrated. It certainly won't leave you guessing but rather keeps you wanting more!
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. It was my first about alexander the great and it was just like the tyrant a very emotional and capturing read. The whole grandness, insanity, honor, whatever you think, of his vision shows him how he maybe was. Smart, ambitious, no matter the price. A great read for history fans, who don't mind a lot of fighting and at times quick move through the years. The only critic I have, although excusable out of practical reasons.
An excellent ending to one of the most exciting adventures ever. The facts in the last few years of the Macedonian expedition are recounted brilliantly so as to create that atmosphere of insecurity and tension around Alexander.

The epilogue was also well thought and narrated so that the readers know what happened just after the end of the story without needing to research it themselves.

Brilliant ending of a brilliant trilogy.
Saying in English Language

You are thinking of Parmenion, and I of Alexander—

i.e., you are thinking what you ought to receive, and I what I ought to give; you are thinking of those castigated, rewarded, or gifted; but I of my own position, and what punishment, reward, or gift is consistent with my rank. The allusion is to the tale about Parmenio and Alexander, when the king said, “I consider not what Parmenio should receive, but what Alexander should give.”

Cassandra Kay Silva
This one dragged a bit more than the other two but was still a good ending to the series. I think he did his best work when weaving more of the mythical elements into the story (such as the mother dancing in the glade and winding herself with the snake god book two?) this one lacked that quality in the others, but really you have to read it to get the end of the story and the story as a whole is terribly epic.
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi (born 1943) is an Italian historian, writer, archaeologist and journalist. He was born in Piumazzo di Castelfranco Emilia, province of Modena and is married to Christine Fedderson Manfredi, who translates his published works from Italian to English. They have two children and live in a small town near Bologna.
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