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Alexander At The World's End [Paperback]

Tom Holt
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4 May 2000
When his father dies, and he is reduced at a stroke from prosperity to penury, Euxenus decides to leave Athens and seek his fortune elsewhere. As a philosopher and intellectual of some note, he has no difficulty getting a job as tutor to a young prince in the wealthy but utterly provincial court of King Philip of Macedon. The young prince is called Alexander, and the rest is history. Or is it? Alexander conquered Greece, Egypt and the Persian Empire in the course of eight years, amassing a huge army along the way, and leaving behind him the foundations of countless new cities named after him. He proclaimed himself a deity, and died at the age of 33. In ALEXANDER AT THE WORLD'S END, Tom Holt tells the story of two remarkable men, one of whom conquered empires and one of whom struggled to overcome the drainage problems of a small village. It is a story of two men whose paths crossed only briefly, but whose encounter changed both their lives for ever. And it is a story which throws an extraordinary new light on the man who became Alexander the Great.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349113157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349113159
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Holt's first book was published when he was just thirteen and, to his horror, he was hailed as an infant prodigy. While studying at Oxford, however, he discovered bar billiards and turned from poetry to comic fiction.

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Witty, ironic ... and achieves a deeply felt authenticity (NEW YORK TIMES)

A fascinating, gripping, moving story (THE TIMES)

Wry and droll, fascinating and funny, by bringing us Alexander's nether parts this novel gives momentous matters unforgettable life (ROSS LECKIE)

Read The Walled Orchard, so you can tell your descendants, "I was there when the historical novel started holding its head up with the rest of literature" (The Washington Post)

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Alexander the Great comes to life as never before in this powerful, insightful and wonderfully entertaining historical novel from the author of THE WALLED ORCHARD.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book. I bought this book because I am fascinated by Alexander the Great. Actually although he does appear in the book it is not very much. Nevertheless this is a fascinating and funny book. It made me laugh out loud several times in spite of my being on the train. If you have read the solemn school of ancient history novel (the Mary Renault/Steven Pressfield type, good though they are) and are rather tired of them this is the book for you. His people are real, and for once I was actually able to imagine having lived then.
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This book is fantastic; filled with vibrant characters and vivid imagery. However, the best feature is Tom Holt's dry, sardonic wit and the way it manifests itself through the thoughts, observations and conversation of the central character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book that's part of an excellent series 31 Jan 2014
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The time life series about WWII gives you a good and very well documented insight in the history of World War II in all of it's aspects.

It met all of my expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no disputing about taste 27 Jan 2013
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.. but this book is right up my street.

It touches on big ideas and at the same time is easy to read. The characterisation is engaging (though in some senses a little simplistic).The humour ensures that we really believe these are human characters involved in bug events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous read 2 Dec 2012
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If there is a better historical novel than this it might be Holt's 'The Walled Orchard'. For me, they're equally superb, no other word for them. The portrayals of Aristotle, Alexander and Diogenes the Cynic are sensational - what a way to bring them back to life. I can no longer imagine Diogenes any other way than as he is in this fabulously written book.
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