Alexander and Alestria (P.S. Series)

Alexander and Alestria (P.S. Series)

by Shan Sa


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Alexander and Alestria is the imaginative tale of the dramatic love affair between Alexander the Great and Alestria, queen of the Amazons, when both are at the height of their powers. Shan Sa, bestselling author of Empress, brings the familiar figure of Alexander the Great to new life, entwining his historical legacy with an imagined relationship that explores the compelling clash of western and eastern cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061543555
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shan Sa was born in Beijing and had her first poems, essays, and stories published at the age of eight. In 2001 her novel The Girl Who Played Go won the Goncourt Prize. The author of Empress, she is also a celebrated artist who has had prominent exhibitions in Paris and New York.

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Alexander and Alestria 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
abbie_g on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book determined to understand where Shan Sa came from in her literary career. I think that this is less a work of historical fiction than it is a study of gender issues set within an historical, fantastical context. I believe that if you go into the book with the understanding that it is more about feminine and masculine forms of power and how those may have been used differently between the sexes throughout history, and if you keep an open mind, you will have a much better time with this book.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book attempts to show the reader what Alexander the Great's life was like as a child, teenager, and young man, and the road that led him to "greatness." It also draws attention to Queen Alestria, the woman he married, and the complex, unusual relationship that they shared.I was very excited about checking this book out from my library, but only a few chapters in, my anticipation was no more.This is a book that is not worth your time.It is clumsily written, as if the author threw together a last minute draft and left it at that. The characters are horrible, lifeless little sketches that make no sense. I often got the feeling that Shan Sa was trying to impress upon the reader that Alexander and Alestria were not like us. They were gods, beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. No attempt was made to create likable, relateable characters.The text was dry, and somehow, nothing much ever seemed to happen. The author went on about the events of Alexander's life in an uninspired manner, and I imagined more than once listening to this book on audio and hearing a droning, monotone robot voice reading it to me.Also, the sexual side of the story seemed strange to me. Alexander has sex with his own mother, and she asks him to? This was not completely clear - but it is certainly very heavily hinted at. However, far more than hinted were the scenes with Alexander's father. His father desires him sexually, and Alexander actually feels the same. What? Although of course there could be deep, but plausible, psychological explanations for this (the abused forces himself to believe that it's what he wants, still common in victims today), the author has no intention of exploring them. As a result, Alexander comes across as a twisted, perverted man.Misunderstood? Probably. But not in the author's eyes.I was hoping for an intricate, well woven love triangle as Alexander struggles between his love for both a man and a woman. That story told from Alestria's side as well would have surely been a heartbreaking one.However, please do not expect to share in any sort of emotion or feeling from the characters here. Disappointingly, this book is not worth a read.
Kegsoccer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I attempted to read this quite a bit ago. I'm a fan of virtually anything Alexander the Great, but I couldn't even finish this. The blurb says Alexander was abused by his father- well in this book it Phillip wants to have sex with him. If you aren't weirded out by that, Alexander grows up wanting to be a girl. In any case, I could not finish it. Maybe I'll attempt to sometime in the future. But for now, I would not recommend this to any looking for Alexander the Great historical ficiton. Look elsewhere.
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Macedonian King Philip abuses his heir Alexander though he rationalizes that a monarch must be tough. Queen Olympias offers no protection for her offspring from his dad instead makes demands on him. Angry Alexander turns abusive towards those weaker than him. However, he widens his outlook to include poetry entirely due to his tutor Aristotle.------------- When an assassin kills Philip, Alexander is glad not just because he is the king. He feels this is his chance to take out his revenge on his nasty father and showing his superiority to his imperious mother by conquering the world, not just Macedonia. He quickly wins in Greece, Persia and Egypt. However, he finally meets an opponent who matches him in cunning strategy when it comes to war and surpasses him when it comes to love, Queen Alestria of the Amazons who admires his strength as almost her equal and decides to make Alexander her ¿wife¿.------------- This refreshing look at Alexander rotates viewpoints between the titled couple and her loyal servant Ania. The story line focuses on the romance between the lead couple although there is wonderful look at the world of the amazons as Shan Sa makes the myths seem like hard core history. Fans of ancient historical romances starring real persona will enjoy ALEXANDER AND ALESTRIA as the great conqueror and the amazon queen meet their perfect opponent to cherish and fight for who is on top.--------- Harriet Klausner