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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (6 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333780361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333780367
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,613,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. Further to numerous academic publications, he has published thirteen works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy which has been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty-five countries. His novel The Last Legion was released as a major motion picture. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world and has penned screenplays for cinema and television.

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Valerio Massimo Manfredi's best selling fictional series baed on the life of Alexander the Great has sold over 700,000 copies in Italy and over 1.5 million in the rest of Europe and South America. This trilogy has sat in the best seller lists across the world for months and months. Now for the first time it is translated into English. After GLADIATOR, the movie, read this wonderful tale of battles, honour and heroism.

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'Only destiny denies me now the final frontier -

The waves of the motionless Ocean.

It would have been better to pursue

The dream that fires the soul

As the sun illuminates the forests at sunset.

The dream, the infinite shadow of the Real.'

Alexander's epic quest continues through the heart of Asia and on towards the mystery of India.

The Macedonian Army march in search of limitless glory, crushing resistance at every turn. The beauty of Babylon is ravaged, the Palace of Persepolis burnt to ashes. An empire is destroyed and a new and bloody era begins.

But there are other things on the great conqueror's mind. An ambitious project to unite the peoples of the empire in one homeland begins to obsess him, until the curious beauty of Queen Roxanna gives Alexander the strength to fulfil his destiny . . .

A truly compelling and romantic book and a breathtaking conclusion to the bestselling Alexander trilogy.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 21 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
This audiobook of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's "Alexander: Child of a Dream" was abridged by Keith Darvill to a 3 hour story recorded on 3 CDs and it's read by Derek Jacobi. It's the first volume of a trilogy: 1) Child of a Dream, 2) The Sands of Ammon, 3) The Ends of the Earth. I enjoyed Derek Jacobi's reading of 'Child of a Dream' so much that I intend to buy the rest of the trilogy.
The young Alexander, privileged product of a mating between a rich and powerful king, a beautiful and clever queen and (the queen believed) a god, seemed a very pleasant and caring youth, considering all the slaughter and mayhem he ordered and participated in as he grew and matured. His mother, Olympias, was an ambitious, ruthless dabbler in ritual and magic. His father, Philip, was King of Macedon, wise in military matters, a great warrior and leader of his people - fighting to unite all the Greek nations. His sister, Cleopatra, married her mother's brother (another Alexander). His tutor, Aristotle, later became the detective and, with the help of his nephew, investigated the murder of King Philip.
The satisfying thing about this sort of novel is that you can learn something at the same time as you're being entertained. I had to get out an atlas to find out where the characters were marching and where the action was taking place. It would have been better if a map of the area had been included with the audiobook. There was a map of Middle Earth in the BBC's Lord of the Rings radio play CD box, so I know it sometimes happens. In any case, I had an atlas fortunately and was able to follow the action across page 38.
I started listening to stories almost by accident about 2 years ago when I got a virus that put me in bed and made it hard to focus my eyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 26 Aug 2004
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This audiobook of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's "Alexander: Child of a Dream" was abridged by Keith Darvill to a 3 hour story recorded on 3 CDs and it's read by Derek Jacobi. It's the first volume of a trilogy: 1) Child of a Dream, 2) The Sands of Ammon, 3) The Ends of the Earth. I enjoyed Derek Jacobi's reading of 'Child of a Dream' so much that I intend to buy the rest of the trilogy.
The young Alexander, privileged product of a mating between a rich and powerful king, a beautiful and clever queen and (the queen believed) a god, seemed a very pleasant and caring youth, considering all the slaughter and mayhem he ordered and participated in as he grew and matured. His mother, Olympias, was an ambitious, ruthless dabbler in ritual and magic. His father, Philip, was King of Macedon, wise in military matters, a great warrior and leader of his people - fighting to unite all the Greek nations. His sister, Cleopatra, married her mother's brother (another Alexander). His tutor, Aristotle, later became the detective and, with the help of his nephew, investigated the murder of King Philip.
This book covers the period when the child grows to young adulthood showing every sign of being intelligent and physically fit and strong. He masters whatever he turns his hand to (including taming an angry wild stallion just by talking to it and running alongside it for some distance), commands loyalty from his friends and is loyal in return. He becomes an excellent and respected leader and a clever military tactician. As this part of the trilogy ends, he is about to invade Asia.
The satisfying thing about this sort of novel is that you can learn something at the same time as you're being entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob on 23 Mar 2013
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Book 1 of the fantastic trilogy retelling the story of Alexander the Great. The books are clearly based on fantastic levels of research, but making this a series of novels rather than a true biography gives Manfredi some poetic license which he uses well to produce a ripping yarn that still feels historically accurate.

A great introduction to the historical phenomenon that was Alexander the Great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manda on 13 Mar 2013
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Much enamoured by the most faithful account of what actually happened that I have ever read and look forward with delight to the next two volumes. Thankyou
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
The pace of this book is quite awe-inspiring, not only from the perspective of what Alexander accomplished, but also from the manner in which Manfredi builds and maintains the atmosphere throughout. Having perfectly set the scene and built the characters in the first volume The Sands of Ammon sets off full throttle into the next stage of Alexander's epic tale. Yes a historical document might have been more detailed on some aspects, but I felt Manfredi has succeeded in striking a balance between conveying the exhilaration and magnitude of the campaign, telling a great tale and keeping it within a very readable trilogy. The end result is an adventure that were it not based so much on fact would probably seem implausible. An addictive read. For me buying the next volume is not an option - it's a must.
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By A Customer on 30 July 2001
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A historical character that is fascinating and mesmeric. However although I could not leave the book alone it did not really involve me, it left me feeling I was missing something - a little unsatisfied. It is well written & is well worth the read. I am looking forward to book three. 2 was significantly better than 1, so hopefully 3 will continue the pattern.
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