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The Home Front: Germany (World War II Series) Hardcover – 1982

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Time-Life Books (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809434199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809434190
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 23.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alexandria1121 on 12 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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By travelswithadiplomat on 28 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Alexander at the World's end pokes a very sharp satirical wit at ancient Greece, targeting, in particular, Athens, Alexander the Great and philosophy in a manner that is exhilarating.
This is the story of Euxenus, whom we find reminiscing at the end of his life to Phryzeutzis about his life, his philosophy and the nature of fate.
Euxenus was one of seven brothers who find themselves parentless in the Athenian democracy just after the expulsion of the Thirty Tyrants and coinciding with the birth of Alexander. Having each been farmed out to the worst teachers in their professions (in Euxenus' case to Diogenes the Yapping Dog philosopher) Euxenus finds himself on the wrong end of a white pebble, disinherited and starting his own successful DIY prophecy business. After nine years of moving up in the philosophy circles our erstwhile hero finds himself part of an Athenian delegation to Philip II of Macedon who has just seen fit to storm the city of Olynthus. A subsequent opportune meeting with the young Alexander and a delightful educational episode involving bees leads to his appointment as a tutor to the future military great. After his acceptance in the Macedonian military household we follow as the `Athenian wizard' and his snake in a jar (which Alexander makes come true) starts to educate the Macedonian prince and his entourage to open their minds. The irony is that, for a man who mocks Aristotle as much as Euxenus does (and the story of the mythical town at the end of the world ending in Aristotle's public humiliation is hilarious) his logic is remarkably peripatetic.
By mid-book, Euxenus finds himself on the receiving end of olive stones fate as Philip orders him to be the oceia (founder) of the new colony of Olbia on the Black Sea.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
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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By Lecari on 3 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is set in Ancient Greece, and written in first person. I found it quite interesting, very witty in places. It's not actually about Alexander, but about Euxenus, who has a varied and interesting life. One of his many roles is being tutor to a young Alexander. I really enjoyed the first person perspective, it really made me feel involved in the world and as though I was there in Greece, sitting in a quiet room talking to him.

It has quite a sad ending, though I thought that perhaps it could have been a little less abrupt, but I guess a book needs to end somehow!
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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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.. 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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A must for anyone who thought Greek history was boring. This is much superior to Tom Holt's comedy/fantasy books. He makes the story of Alexander the Great really come alive, and immerses you in life in the ancient world. And it's hilarious.
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