This is the mythological account of the life of Alexander the Great. This novel is a collection of myths about the exploits of Alexander the Great. It's author is unknown and the story has been changed and added to throughout history. The story begins with the impregnation of Alexander's mother in a dream by the Greek god Zeus. It is told that Alexander's mother was attended by an astrologist at his birth and was told to hold the child in until exactly the right time to assure his greatness. She does just this and Alexander is born destined to rule the world by divine right. Alexander then grows into a man, with his trusty horse Bucephalus always at his side. The story then follows his rise to power and his conquests throughout Europe and Asia. At one point Alexander and his army find themselves in a land of darkness where they can see nothing. They wander in complete blackness, collecting unknown objects off of the ground for a long time. When they exist the darkness they discover that the objects they have been collecting are pearls and jewels. At another point Alexander is faced with the riddle of the Gregorian knot and how to untangle it. He simply slices the knot in half with his sword and it was thus proclaimed that he would fulfill the prophecy and rule all of Asia. At another point they find themselves in a land of pygmy people and at another in a land of giants. At every stop Alexander proves he is divine and the chosen one. After his conquests and having faces several difficulties towards the end, Alexander and his army begin to head back home. Alexander becomes ill and eventually dies as his closest allies huddle around his bed. Lightening strikes out, all hell breaks loose, and his horse Bucephalus runs into the room to cry on Alexander's corpse, distraught.
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Best part of story, including ending:
I liked this book because it was a hilariously absurd account of the life of Alexander the Great but one which was taken very seriously throughout history.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is when Alexander is dying and his horse runs into the palace and bursts into the room to cry on Alexander's body.
Opinion about the main character:
What I disliked most about Alexander was his sense of entitlement.