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English Book Review: “Alexander – The Trilogy” (Alexandros #1-3) by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

Recensione in italiano QUI.

Good day everyone, thanks for being here on the site Alessandro III di Macedonia- your resource on Alexander the Great!

You’re going to read my review of:

Alexander – The Trilogy (Child of a Dream, The Sands of Ammon, The End of the Earth)

by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

He conquered an enormous empire, touching the boundaries of the then known world. But who was really Alexander, the young Macedonian king considered a god by his contemporaries? This trilogy takes us to the heart of his adventure: from childhood, marked by the murder of his father Philip, to the pact of blood with the most faithful companions; from the omens about his great destiny to the conquest of Asia, an unthinkable undertaking for a Greek of the fourth century B.C. We see him marching, fighting, loving. We accompany him in the unfolding of a unique and fabulous life. And we are with him when his dream seems to break before the end of the journey, at the extreme border of the earth. And this thanks to a writer and scholar who, after investigating with extreme historical rigor, wanted to throw all knowledge behind to tell us, in the form of a wonderful novel, one of the most beautiful stories of humanity.

Dr. Valerio Massimo Manfredi is an Italian historian, archaeologist, and journalist. The professor of archaeology in the “Luigi Bocconi” University in Milan and a familiar face on European television, he has published a number of scientific articles and essays as well as thirteen novels, including the Alexander trilogy and The Last Legion. Alexander was published in thirty-six languages in fifty-five countries and was sold for a major film production in the U.S., and The Last Legion is soon to be a major motion picture starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley. Dr. Manfredi is married with two children and lives in a small town near Bologna. He conquered an enormous empire, touching the boundaries of the then known world. But who was really Alexander, the young Macedonian king considered a god by his contemporaries? This trilogy takes us to the heart of his adventure: from childhood, marked by the murder of his father Philip, to the pact of blood with the most faithful companions; from the omens about his great destiny to the conquest of Asia, an unthinkable undertaking for a Greek of the fourth century B.C. We see him marching, fighting, loving. We accompany him in the unfolding of a unique and fabulous life. And we are with him when his dream seems to break before the end of the journey, at the extreme border of the earth. And this thanks to a writer and scholar who, after investigating with extreme historical rigor, wanted to throw all knowledge behind to tell us, in the form of a wonderful novel, one of the most beautiful stories of humanity.

As a great lover of Alexander the Great I want to review this trilogy that I just read 😀

5 stars!!

Reading time: from 22nd January to 29th March 2018.


Child of a Dream: 5 stelle

First Manfredi’s book I’ve ever read and, as a fan of Alexander the Great, I’m thrilled with this book!
Manfredi has been able to reconstruct in an excellent manner an incredible character from the ancient world.
This first book talks about the childhood and youth of Alexander and I would also say that it ends on the most beautiful.
Alexander was a great character thanks also to his father Philip: he instructed him and laid the foundations for what was to be his mission in Asia.
It’s still a novel but I really like it!


The Sands of Ammon: 5 stelle

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and still beautiful!
Manfredi has been able to revive this extraordinary character and thanks to this trilogy I have resumed completing as much as possible my bibliography on the great leader!
I’ll start reading the third one too as soon as possible!


The Ends of the Earth: 5 stelle
I finished this book with tears in my eyes. Very beautiful.


General remarks

I believe that for those wishing to approach the character of Alexander the Great this is the best book with which them can do it. Being a novel it is narrated just as such and it is never heavy, during reading it seems to be there with Alexander and his friends and the reading is smooth and exciting.
Alexander the Great is for me a character to whom I’m particularly attached and reading this novel I got moved several times.

I had never read Manfredi befor but this trilogy really struck me! The author doesn’t concentrate too much on showing Alexander as a lover: the relationship with Hephaestion isn’t too calculated and even with other women (Barsine, Roxane, Pancaste) he never falls into the vulgar. Manfredi tried, and succeeded, to show the Alexander political and military strategic; companion of his most intimate soldiers and friends; the fighter that doesn’t want an easy victory and respects the opponent; his thirst for knowledge; a man willing to forgive but who doesn’t let himself be bent or disrespected; finally, his great desire to create an integration between the West and the East that unfortunately failed to achieve.

Manfredi did a masterful job with this trilogy and if I could thank him personally I would do it! Masterpiece.

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