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Funeral Games by Mary Renault
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Jul 17, 2011

it was ok

Après Alexander, le deluge could have been the subtitle of this book, which follows the lives of the people close to Alexander and their attempts to either hold his legacy intact or to grab power for themselves. For me, the book was marred by skipping wildly between characters--and the fact that almost none of the characters was at all sympathetic or likable. Renault manages to write a female character I can almost enjoy, the bold and ambitious Eurydike, only to spend huge amounts of time showing her being humiliated, betrayed by her feminine upbringing and even, most painfully, her own female body. However, most of the rest of the book showcases petty, cruel, and/or stupid people blundering their way through life until their inevitable gruesome and painful death is nearly a relief. It's as if, with Alexander dead and her beloved character Bagoas gone from the story, Renault took great pleasure in writing about how much everyone in the world sucked compared to them. It might be good history, but it was a grinding read.
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