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Get A Copy. Paperback , SuperBUR. Rizzoli first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Il macedone , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Il macedone. I find that it puts our modern hubris in its place. The accomplishments, voyages, conquests and architecture of this period puts modern technology to shame.
Alexander the Great is one of the most well-known characters from the period. One can only speculate how our world would have been different if he had lived beyond thirty-two years of age. But how was Alexander able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time? What were the conditions already in place when he became king of Macedon? How was such a young man able to completely dominate the known world? The answer is Philip.
Nicholas Guild brought life to the dire situation that Philip inherited as king of Macedon; a small, weak kingdom on the edge of the civilized Greek world. Macedon was hedged in on all sides with a routed army. How much of the story is fact, myth, fiction? He brought to life a figure who is often overlooked by history due to having been eclipsed by his son.
Philip, again, would be lost in the background. Aug 06, Malacorda rated it liked it. Storia di Filippo II re di Macedonia, dalla notte della sua nascita, attraverso tutta l'infanzia e la giovinezza, fino al matrimonio con la prima moglie Audata. Evidente come lo scopo dell'autore sia raccontare e in parte inventare la formazione del protagonista, lasciando ad altri le vicende del re adulto che poi si intrecciano con quelle del figlio Alessandro.
Un teatrino che alla lunga diviene un poco grottesco. Tuttavia attribuirgli un qualche difetto, anche piccolo, anche assurdo, avrebbe contribuito a rendere il personaggio un po' meno piatto e lo avrebbe inserito ancor meglio nel suo contesto originale. Lo stesso dicasi per il 'cattivone' di turno: dotarlo di una qualche altra caratteristica oltre all'invidia e alla perfidia, avrebbe reso il racconto meno insipido. Per stavolta oscillo indecisa tra le tre stelle e le due e mezza.
This is a pretty good novelization of the early life of Philip II of Macedon, from his birth to his marriage to Audata and the opening stages of unifying Macedonia. Guild shows the reform of the army without being obnoxiously expository, and grounds as much as he can in ancient texts.
I received this book back in November, but I found it hard to get into. I set it aside, especially as the busy holiday season came around, not sure if I would finish it. While most people only know his son, Philip of Macedon was instrumental in Greek history.
His battle strategies revolutionized war. He united the Greek city-states before pushing beyond those borders, a mantle that Alexander the Great took up. I felt like the writing was a mix between a novel and a history book, which perhaps is why it took me awhile to get into it. The author vividly brought ancient Greece to life: the religion, the culture, the food, the politics.
Battle strategies and formations were discussed in detail, and while I couldn't quite picture the specifics, it was enough for me to understand the significance of how those tactics ensured victory. Guild focuses on the character and personality of Philip, and how Philip never aspired to be king, but rather strove to support his two elder brothers in their kingship.
Indeed, it supports the idea that those best suited for power are those who don't necessarily want it. The author also delves into the other characters that lived alongside Philip: his brothers, his enemies, and other significant people along his path in life who taught him the essential skills he would need one day to unite his people and be a king.
While I don't know how much is based on historical fact or is pure speculation, the characters came alive in the pages of the book and it was easy to see them as true living, breathing people, rather than just names in a history book. Overall, not a book I think I would have picked up on my own, but ended up being a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the intimate look into the life and character of one of history's more influential men.
I would recommend for lovers of ancient history! I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. Superb historical-fiction novel that places the reader in the position of both seeing Philip as an observer, yet also providing a window into his thoughts and inner being, while presenting him as a boy then man fully confident and aware of his abilities while possessing all of the intangibles required to be a great leader in all matters required of a future king.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having spent an incredible year in northern Greece and becoming deeply appreciative of Alexander the Great, it was such a joy to read this remarkable story about his father.
Guild's writing is like a picture - it is so easy to imagine oneself on the battlefield or in the noble assemblies or slogging through the heavy winter snow. The eternal intrigues of that time have so much relevance to our current political turmoil. Definitely recommended reading! The ancient world was brought to life as was the life of Alexander the Greats father Philip. I will continue to read books from Nicholas Guild with the next being the Spartan Dagger.
Well done! Guild does it again, loved it! Philip was an interesting character and set Alexander up for his abundant conquering. The thing that really struck me was Guild's ability to portray Philip as a king, as a sort of God, as great, in every action and conversation.
His intense eyes, smiles, the face of stone showing no emotions, his perfect arrogance in witty replies and descriptions really made me feel and love the character. El Macedonio Muy bueno. Great read! Liked the book. I can see the author did the research! Pensaba que seria sobre toda la vida de Filipo pero me he quedado a medias Eso si lo que he leido me ha gustado y tambien he aprendido mucho.
Muy interesante! Muy recomendable en todos los sentidos. Jul 12, Federica I. Lo recensisco a distanza di anni. Il primo romanzo storico che abbia mai letto. Ho un ottimo ricordo di questo libro, avvincente e appassionante. Aug 21, byAx rated it really liked it Shelves: storico. Riviviamo la storia attraverso gli occhi e le gesta di un ragazzo che sarebbe divenuto una grande potenza e padre del grande Alessandro.
Mar 20, Raffaello rated it liked it. Il romanzo si interrompe alla sua prima impresa da Re. Anyone who wants to become a leader, read this book.
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Macedonio by Nicholas Guild