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Alexander Vol 1.: Child of a Dream v. 1 (Alexander Trilogy)

May 1, 2002

Alexander Vol 1.: Child of a Dream v. 1 (Alexander Trilogy) by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It takes a certain amount of hubris for any novelist to tackle the life of Alexander the Great, knowing that his efforts will inevitably be compared to Mary Renault’s classic and enduring treatment of the same materials, but that is just what the Italian historian, archeologist, and jouralist Valerio Massimo Manfredi has done.

CHILD OF A DREAM is the first volume in his own Alexander trilogy, which has been a bestseller in Italy and around the world, and now appears in this English translation, couresty of Iain Halliday. Manfredi’s Alexander is much different from Mary Renault’s, but still well worth knowing. He tells an engrossing story, and the translation is very crisp and readable. If it fails to match the power and the poetry of Renault’s, well… very little does. I am looking forward to finishing his trilogy.

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