Alexandros: The Lifelong Love Story of Alexander
the Great and Hephæstion, Son of Amyntor
by Stanley Barber
iUniverse. 334 pages, $19.95 (paper)
STANLEY BARBER STARTS OFF by declaring that this work is “written as a libretto for a sung-through musical,” repeating this in the Epilogue. I confess that I can’t see it working as such. It is written in various lengths of short verse, but the style is reminiscent of nothing so much as those 1950’s Italian toga movies, or the very serious films (in English) of the great Greek tragedies that we were shown in high school back then.