By Mary Renault
A finished and engrossing biography of Alexander the nice by way of acclaimed author Mary Renault
The Nature of Alexander is Mary Renault's compelling rendering of the lifetime of considered one of history's so much towering figures. in accordance with rigorous study and written with narrative panache and gorgeous historic sweep, Renault's biography presents a clean examine a guy whose legend has remained better than existence for greater than thousand years. From his advanced family members dynamics to his learn below Aristotle, from his upward thrust to energy at age twenty to his superb army campaigns, Renault is clear-eyed approximately her subject's existence, violence, and greatness. Infectious in its enthusiasm, it is a penetrating examine of Alexander the good as a desirable guy, unequalled conqueror, and enduring icon.
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All hands bewitched with it. It is wonderful pic dialogue. It didn’t seem wonderful (for you) when you read it to me. I think you have a gift or faculty of disguising the merit of your productions when you read them aloud. I know it, in fact. The Parlor Car was as much as 25 times better, in print, than it was when you read it to me. My lawsuit is done. The villain got only $300 out of me instead of $10,000, & the his lawyer got that. My lawyer’s bill & some little items, added to the $300 only swelled my expense to $800—so I got off admirably well.
These little things do not furnish it. Why does the “captain” make no mention of the highway robbery which I committed on the road between Jerusalem & the Dead Sea? He must have heard of it—the land was full of it. Why does he make no mention of the fact that during the entire excursion I never drew a sober breath except by proxy? Why does he conceal the fact that I killed a cripple in Cairo because I thought he had an unpleasant gait? Why is he silent about my skinning a leper in Smyrna in order that I might have a little something to start a museum with when I got home?