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  1. Greece! Haeteras! Sparta! Crete!! Macedonia!!! Alexander the Great! Midnight trysts! Tantra?! Women who were free and interesting and beautiful and learned to the point of polymathy! Weird rituals! Temples and High Priestesses! Have I told Greece?! Have I already mentioned how I love it? Have I freaking told how god-wonderful it was? People larger than life with all those outsized brains and advanced ideas and maddening passions! Where did they get all that time and stamina (!) to do all that st [...]

  2. I first read this book years ago, and I greatly enjoyed re-reading it. This is so much more than a love story or the story of a woman. Efremov’s true mastery is in combining explicit philosophical contemplations with a spellbinding narrative. There are a lot of discussions about philosophers and art. The role of women in different societies is discussed although the role of hetaeras at the time was idealized. Their independence was rather limited. Other women had even less. At one point, Efrem [...]

  3. Удивительно, как мало я слышала об этой книге, но как она достойна внимания и возможности быть известной всему миру!Редко встретишь такое интересное и умное повествование про античный мир от лица женщины, которая могла бы стать царицей и женой Александра Македонского!Таис [...]

  4. Yes, a masterpiece. Very much was already written by a great number of users here, so I will add only a bit of what I read in my edition of this book. By reading other opinions I guess that not all versions have an introduction by the author as mine has.In many comments here I read that the first section of the book is long, uninteresting, slow paced or even boring, but Ivan Efremov was perhaps anticipating this approach and has an interesting explanation for that. He states that in the first 2- [...]

  5. "Таис" - это великолепный пример романа, написанного талантливым писателем и, одновременно, человеком, любящим и знающим историю.Вы с головой погружаетесь в Античность - тот её момент, когда Александр Македонский совершал свой великий поход, а в Рим вели ещё далеко не все до [...]

  6. When I was reading I thought this is just history and difficult to read. And it really takes me too long to finish it. Yesterday I finished. Today I already miss it.This is not only a historical story as it seems; this book is about beauty, philosophy, believes, feelings, loyalty, human relationships

  7. Who could give this novel less then five stars? It's unbelievable how something written can touch your soul, how heroes can be your best friends and most exciting creatures ever created. Great piece.

  8. At first I really wasn't impressed with the storyline seemed very slow and not that interesting. Half way through though it got intense and I started enjoying it much more. However, I feel that many storylines were started and never finished and this left me with a bit of disappointment. I was lloking for a more detailed description of Thais's relationships with Ptolemy and Alexander mentally-wise. Also, the whole novel had a very down-to-earth feeling to it, while the ending was very fantasy-li [...]

  9. Прекрасный сюжет этого романа проводит читателей сквозь интереснейшее время в истории - времена походов и великих завоеваний Александра Македонского. Он основывается на реальных событиях и вместе с художественным вымыслом очень интересен и увлекателен.Главной героиней [...]

  10. Роман об афинской гетере мне местами очень понравился, а местами утомил. Роман достаточно точно передает все основные события жизни Александра Македонского и Птолемея I. Ефремов с легкостью окунает нас в то время с его обычаями и традициями. Некоторые монологи героев навс [...]

  11. I love this author and I love this book. I don't remember how many times I've read it over the years, but this is a pure gem.This is a story of the most famous hetaera of Greece, wife of Ptolemey, who conquered Egypt and a friend and companion of Alexander the Great; she was the woman who burned Persepolis.The novel was written in 1972, and this is a pure testament to the power of women through the history.There is mysticism and deep historical research, philosophers and old gods, erotism and pu [...]

  12. Прекрасная книга. Очень романтичная и увлекательная история любви Таис Афинской и Александра Македонского. Не смотря на то, что основная идея и персонажи взяты из исторических источников, остается только гадать на сколько точны с исторической точки зрения события, которы [...]

  13. Автор больше историк, чем писатель. В книге слишком много информации, которая, на мой взгляд, излишняя и утомительная в художественном произведении. Автор употребляет какие-то сложнообразованные слова, потом их начинает уточнять и объяснять, все это громоздится друг на др [...]

  14. I love this book. It shows the power of a woman in a complete male environment. It shows not only the power itself but the beauty of this power. It's written in a very simple way and this book will take you into the story and won't let you out till the end.

  15. Когда повествование дошло до тантрического секса, я понял, что вначале недооцениел эту книжку. ;)

  16. Една от най-красивите истории писани някога.В тази книга има всичко.Задължителна книга, за всички влюбени в историята на древния свят, а и не само.

  17. Отлчино раскрыто понятие гетеры, которое нужно в современном мире и которого там не хватает. Ну и чувствуется, что Ефремов наконец-то "дорвался" до любимой темы (:

  18. I liked this book , I found it on a book shelf in my aunts house and I think it was first romance book I ever read and back them my ears went red because it was the closes thing to hot steamy history romance I ever read back then. I know now books are way different but back then it was something. I liked the portrait of the strong women that changed everything around her and had success in many battles that men with swords could not.

  19. I read this book when I was about twelve or so, with my best friend at the time (we'd take turns turning the pages) and have reread it many times since, always finding something new in the lyrical narrative and fascinating characters. At one time, this was my favorite book bar none. Years (and more books) have since removed it from that position, but it still remains in my Top 10, and probably always will.

  20. I can't say that I was into this book. The author is more a historian than a writer, but through the reading I could feel that he had written this book with love to all his characters and the history itself. So I can definitely say — this is a good book :)

  21. An interesting book but not a great translation. A story of the times of Alexander the Great from a woman's perspective. The different viewpoint was interesting but the English was a bit awkward and blunt although I have been told it is quite beautiful in Russian. Wait for a better translation.

  22. Увлекательная история жизни умной и красивой тети. Заканчивается вполне логично. Рекомендуется к прочтению.

  23. Очень познавательно, много исторических описаний. Но написана достаточно сложным языком.

  24. Beautiful, well researched book about one of the most famous hetaeras of Ancien Greece. This book is one of the most popular novels in Russia. Apparently an English translation is available now too.

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