Fire from Heaven

Fire from Heaven Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty three leaving behind an empire that stretched from Greece and Egypt to India and a new cosmopolitan model for western civilisation In Alexander s childho

  • Title: Fire from Heaven
  • Author: Mary Renault
  • ISBN: 9780375726828
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty three, leaving behind an empire that stretched from Greece and Egypt to India and a new cosmopolitan model for western civilisation In Alexander s childhood, his defiant character was molded into the makings of a king His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son s loyalty, teacAlexander the Great died at the age of thirty three, leaving behind an empire that stretched from Greece and Egypt to India and a new cosmopolitan model for western civilisation In Alexander s childhood, his defiant character was molded into the makings of a king His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son s loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle His love for the youth Hephaistion, on whom he depended for he rest of his life, taught him trust, whilst Aristotle s tutoring provoked his mind and Homer s Iliad fuelled his aspirations He killed his first man in battle at the age of twelve and became the commander of Macedon s cavalry at eighteen by the time his father was murdered and he acceded to the throne, Alexander s skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.

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    1. Mary Renault

      Mary Renault was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non fiction biography of Alexander.Her historical novels are all set in ancient Greece They include a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus and a trilogy about the career of Alexander the Great In a sense, The Charioteer 1953 , the story of two young gay servicemen in the 1940s who try to model their relationship on the ideals expressed in Plato s Phaedrus and Symposium, is a warm up for Renault s historical novels By turning away from the 20th century and focusing on stories about male lovers in the warrior societies of ancient Greece, Renault no longer had to deal with homosexuality and anti gay prejudice as social problems Instead she was free to focus on larger ethical and philosophical concerns, while examining the nature of love and leadership The Charioteer could not be published in the U.S until 1959, after the success of The Last of the Wine proved that American readers and critics would accept a serious gay love story.


    1. He is like the great, the famous ones like Lais or Rhodope or Theodotis they tell tales of in those old days They don t live for love, you know but they live upon it I can tell you, I have seen, they are the very blood of his body, all those men who he knows would run after him through fire If ever the day comes when they will follow him no longer, it will be the same with him as with some great hetaira when they lovers leave her door and she puts away her mirror He will begin to die Alexander i [...]

    2. Alexander the Great lived only thirty two years 356 323 BC , but in that time he attained a stature unequaled in ancient history Celebrated as one of the greatest generals of the ancient world, he expanded his kingdom of Macedon into a vast empire, throughout Greece and extending as far as Egypt and the Himalayas Alexander was a legend in the minds of the Romans who came afterwards, nearly a mythical hero Suetonius reports that the Emperor Augustus, who lived 300 years later, had Alexander s sar [...]

    3. There s nothing quite like being able to visit another world, whether the new vistas be ones separated from us by time, space, or psychology and that is one of the great joys of reading, isn t it I ve noted how historical fiction, like sci fi or fantasy, takes this to an extreme by depositing us in a world for which our frames of reference are at best theoretical and we are uniquely at the mercy of the author for our ability to understand and appreciate what is going on around us We need, on the [...]

    4. Bullet Review OMG I FINISHED IT After reading for nearly a quarter of a year, it s done This book was a very slow read for me I m not hugely familiar with Alexander the Great beyond the basics, and this certainly isn t your basic story People who are familiar with Alexander and the ins and outs of his life and the war time exploits of his father will LOVE this.Writing style was also VERY difficult to adjust to Everything is EXTREMELY subtle and layered not your average Philipa Gregory or Dan Bro [...]

    5. A book is deserving of 5 stars if it s able to spark such intense curiosity about a particular history and country in me And that is exactly what Fire from Heaven did.Man s immortality is not to live forever for that wish is born of fear Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal.Fire from Heaven is about the childhood and youth of Alexander the Great No doubt, Mary Renault has done such an extensive and comprehensive research on the subject matter She touched on key events such as his firs [...]

    6. When I picked up this book what I was looking for was an understanding of Alexander the Great s personality It covers the first 19 years of his life He died at the age of 33, living from 356BC to 323BC What I learned was that he was continually torn between his two parents He loved them both, but they continually bickered He was a pawn between them The book concludes with the assassination of his father, which I found difficult to follow It was confusing It is very hard listening to an audiobook [...]

    7. Where to begin in reviewing such a classic of historical fiction I ve read Mary Renault before The King Must Die and The Bull From the Sea engrossing tales based on the legend of the Greek hero Theseus but grounded in a historical, plausible world by Renault but this was my first time reading Renault s magnum opus Fire From Heaven is the first book in a trilogy about Alexander the Great, and covers the conqueror s life from childhood through to the moment he became king at the age of just 20 ye [...]

    8. rating 5 5Alexander the Great is known as the man who conquered the biggest empire of the ancient world, his battle strategies are still being studied in military schools today, some 2300 years after his death But what made the man who he was Renault s first book of the Alexander trilogy follows him from about the age of three until his father s murder, his life as told from the eyes of his family, friends, lovers, tutors, enemies, fellow soldiers and others who shaped his life Renault uses hist [...]

    9. AlrightI had this at 4 stars last night when I finished it, but the I think about it, I have no reason not to give it 5, so I changed it I don t want to be stingy for no good reason.Basically, I loved everything about this book except how long it took me to read it, which is not the book s fault, it s my own I read The Persian Boy first even though it s the second in the series so I had already grown fond of many of the characters In this book, my fondness changed to love, adoration, admiration [...]

    10. Mary Renault did a good job of bringing ancient Macedonia and Alexander the Great s world to life I found Alexander a bit opaque, however, and many times her use of personal pronouns was hard to decipher i.e I couldn t tell who the pronouns referred back to I also found the explanation of the ancient Greek Macedonian viewpoint of erotic love and friendship a bit unclear Renault has Alexander enter into a homosexual relationship with his best friend Hephaestion, who is pretty straightforwardly in [...]

    11. Mary Renault draws you into Ancient Greece showing us its rich history and Alexander s world I enjoyed how she depicted the characters and Alexander s relationships with each of them how he is torn between his parents wanting to please them both, to his friendship and love with Hephaistion Renault did a great job of showing us how the characters felt and thought throughout the book The pacing does suffer in the book with the author switching from different characters , especially the minor chara [...]

    12. The novel is absolutely AMAZINGLY written, and I m not even half way done withthe first volume and already I m dreading the end of the entire trilogy I can see what my friend Jesi was talking about when she said that this is the book that makes you fall in love with Alexander And not in that we love him because he was part of history way but love as in an overwhelming attachment to what happens to him And even though Renault makes it fairly clear from the get go that she s part of the whole Alex [...]

    13. Fire from Heaven is the first volume of a trilogy on the life of Alexander the Great by Mary Renault Like all of her historical novels, this one was a joy to read It is also a remarkable act of reconstruction, considering that nothing was written about Alexander by any of his contemporaries at least anything that has come down to us The story of the emperor s early years is presented as a struggle between Philip and his wife Olympias, who have grown to hate each other In many ways, the two compe [...]

    14. What really stood out to me here was the full immersive experience the novel conveys Ancient Greece and Macedonia are fully realised here as vibrant, detailed, interesting places with complicated histories, dark pasts and spooky gods Alexander himself, who is, of course, the main character, threatens to be a little too perfect at times, but Renault manages to keep him on just the right side of that line Some characters, such as Phillip or Hephaistion, are fantastically drawn while others, such a [...]

    15. This was hands down the worst book I ve ever read So confusing The author doesn t seem to know the English language Was there no editor on this project I would like a refund and the time I spent on this crappy read back please.

    16. This is my second copy of this book I bought another one years ago, tried to read it, found I couldn t get into it and sold it This time, I started reading it and could barely put it down Go figure.Since Fire from Heaven is the first volume of Mary Renault s trilogy about the life of Alexander the Great, it s not very surprising that this book is about Alexander s childhood and youth Like I said, I found it a very compelling read, but not so much because of the plot, but because I didn t want to [...]

    17. This was the first of Renault s Alexander trilogy and, to my mind, the weakest Not really having a lot to go on about this period Renault attempts to reconstruct the early life of Alexander Unfortunately, in her quest to completely whitewash Alexander, the other characters come across as extremely shallow Olympias is like the wicked queen in a fairy tale, while Philip appears as a drunken oaf Philip actually built up Macedon from a primitive backwater to a power that held sway over the whole of [...]

    18. Mary Renault s telling of the Theseus story, The King Must Die was one of the favourite books of my teen years one of the first grown up books I read as an adolescent, and re read several times.I was delighted on finally returning to her to find Fire from Heaven , the start of the Alexander story which some appear to call her Alexandriad , compelling, mostly beautifully written, and a masterwork of Classics.It s very economically written, which means it s repeatedly very rich on detail in relati [...]

    19. I have a weird feeling towards Mary Renault I d rather not support her, because she s horribly misogynistic, but on the other hand she s a queer woman and her misogyny might not be entirely her fault I can understand that she might have been conflicted And then there s the sheer entertaining value of her books They re interesting, they re well written, and they re full of passion Can t resist that.The Persian Boy which is not without its flaws is one of my favorite books Fire from Heaven was als [...]

    20. Wonderful book Am completely in love with Alexander of Macedon but like his mythical hero Achilles he is doomed to die young His adult years are spent fighting and capturing Egypt,Turkey, present day Middle East, Central Asia, Pakistan even parts of India This book covers his youth and early adulthood to his accession at age 20 Well researched, the book focuses on his relationships and what he learns from his parents the lessons on statehood and military tactics from his father and wild dionysia [...]

    21. What can I say It was a labour of love, at the end of which I had no idea how much it was worth But then, how early is too early to judge a book Some turn up long after you think you ve forgotten them.I loved the play of history within history Alexander Hephaistion, modeling themselves after Achilles and Patroklos Alexander and Lysimachos, after Achilles and Phoenix The conscious modelling of Alexander into what he wanted to become, how he wanted to be known And sadly, following right into the w [...]

    22. The book has really impressive beginning I was really captivated by the description of Macedonia and Greek society I am also glad that Alexander was not portrayed as stereotypically gay, I have to say I was a bit afraid of that I liked the complicated relationship with his mother I was really looking forward to his interaction with Aristotle where I was a bit disappointed since the interaction was relatively brief I have to say that the initial charm was fading out through the book Colorful desc [...]

    23. I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.This is the first book of the trilogy Alexander the Great In this book, the author mainly describes Alexander s childhood and youth showing his relationship with his father KIng Philip II of Macedon and his mother, Queen Olympias.Along the plot, the author also introduces Alexander s relationship with Hephaistion who may or may not have been his lover.The careful research work made by the a [...]

    24. I rate this book at three stars because I didn t think it properly captured Alexander s arete I felt like the author focused entirely too much on Alexander s homosexual romance with his lifelong friend and confidant Hephaistion which is entirely speculation as the author admits in the afterword too much attention was given to that as well as other things that to me are or less irrelevant, if not totally unworthy of note in such a short novel BUT, the author did do well at exposing Alexander s n [...]

    25. I d been told by many people, for years, that Renault was is the queen of historical fiction Quite how she passed me by in my youth, when I hoovered up every historical fiction book I could find, I don t know Anyway I ve read this book now, and it s a masterpiece I don t think I ve ever read such a vivid evocation of ancient times and Christian Cameron takes some beating This is a book that I will re read, which in my time poor, books rich life, is saying something 9 10 books get read and discar [...]

    26. I really wanted to like this so much especially after just finishing Song of Achilles However I kept trying to pick it up over and over hoping I will get sucked in and it just didn t happen Maybe it picked up later in the book but I was mostly just confused about what was going on and why I should care for the first few chapters.

    27. There s no need to review this It s the exquisite and unforgettable story of Alexander The Great s coming of age in Macedonia under his father King Phillip Incredible I loved every line.

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