Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

A Novel

Book - 1982
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Nikos Kazantzakis is no stranger to the heroes of Greek antiquity. In this historical novel based on the life of Alexander the Great, Kazantzakis has drawn on both the rich tradition of Greek legend and the documented manuscripts from the archives of history to recreate an Alexander in all his many-faceted images Alexander the god; Alexander the descendant of Heracles performing the twelve labors; Alexander the mystic, the daring visionary destined to carry out a divine mission; Alexander the flesh-and-blood mortal who, on occasion, is not above the common soldier s brawling and drinking.
The novel, which resists the temptation to portray Alexander in the mantle of purely romantic legend, covers his life from age fifteen to his death at age thirty-two. It opens with Alexander s first exploit, the taming of the horse, Bucephalas, and is seen in great part through the eyes of his young neighbor who eventually becomes an officer in his army and follows him on his campaign to conquer the world.
The book, which was written primarily as an educational adjunct for young readers, is intended for the adult mind as well, and like the legends of old, is entertaining as well as instructive for readers of all ages. It was originally published in Greece in serial form in 1940, and was republished in a complete volume in 1979."
Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 1982
ISBN: 9780821406540
Call Number: F KAZANTZA
Characteristics: x, 222 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm


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Jun 01, 2017

Kazantzakis' treatment of this Greek hero's life nicely chronicles the major events and pivotal characters in Alexanders life. This narrative, in it's novel format is seasoned in a way that make it very easy to digest and enjoyable to read.
One certainly comes away with a clear impression of the extraordinary presence and the absolute force of nature embodied in Alexander's short 32 years of life. His passion and determination to unite are revealed in this telling as well as his insatiable desire to conquer and rule. One can't help but be exhilarated by his thirst for adventure and mystified by his constant straddling of the line between god and mortal.



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