The Song Of Achilles: A Novel

by Madeline Miller

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 15, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Song Of Achilles: A Novel is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.

The legend begins...

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. "The best of all the Greeks"-strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess-Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine-much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles'' mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller''s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: February 15, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062126121

ISBN - 13: 9780062126122

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!! This book is a disgrace to Homer. This book puts a bad name on Achilles and his FRIEND Patroclus. Patroclus and Achilles kiss many times, and some very odd things go down. I will never read another book by this author.
Date published: 2012-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! Harpercollins Publishers|February 15, 2012| Trade Paperback| ISBN: 978-0-06-212612-2 Story Description: The legend begins… Greece in the age of heroes, Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden boy, Achilles. The best of all the Greeks, strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess. Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine, much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped,the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, torn between love and fear for his friend. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice. Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career. My Review: I looked at this book many, many times on the shelf at Chapters trying to decide whether I really wanted to read this book or not and if it would be something that would interest me. I’m happy to report it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! The novel is packed with a story like no other. The deep friendship that develops between Achilles and Patroclus, who eventually become secret lovers, is a testament to the bonds of attachment and companionship that often happened during this era. Protecting each other at all costs was a high priority on their list. But when a crossroads has come and something needs to be done it is Patroclus was steps up to the plate on behalf of Achilles and what happens is truly heartbreaking bringing tears to my eyes. The Song of Achilles is timeless, rich with historical detail and full of promised destinies that don’t ever quite come to fruition. I would highly, highly, recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2012-06-17
Rated out of 5 by from I just finished reading this and I must say this is one of the best books I have ever read! Deeply moving and highly entertaining, the story of Achilles and Patroclus will stay with you long after you read the last words of the book. A stunning debut novel from Madeline Miller...highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Spectacular This is one of the most emotionally moving books I have read in a long time. You may think it treads on too-familiar ground, but Miller brings a sensational perspective and spin to the story you though you knew. It is a tantalizing combination of Greek epic, coming of age, and love stories in which you will find yourself emotionally absorbed and unwilling to stop reading. Absolutely beautiful, and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2012-06-06

– More About This Product –

The Song Of Achilles: A Novel

by Madeline Miller

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: February 15, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062126121

ISBN - 13: 9780062126122

From the Publisher

The legend begins...

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. "The best of all the Greeks"-strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess-Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine-much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles'' mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller''s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.

About the Author

Madeline Miller grew up in Philadelphia, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Latin and Ancient Greek from Brown University, and has been teaching both languages for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales for a modern audience. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.

Editorial Reviews

Ï¿½Although the details of the story are MillerÏ¿½s own, the world is one that all who love the Iliad and its epigones will recognize. Reading this book recalled me to the breathless sense of the ancient-yet-present that I felt when I first fell in love with the classics.Ï¿½ (Catherine Conybeare, Professor of Classics, Bryn Mawr College)
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