The Song Of Achilles: A Novel

The Song Of Achilles: A Novel

Hardcover | September 19, 2013

byMadeline Miller

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

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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 t...

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, Massachuse...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.17 inPublished:September 19, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062060619

ISBN - 13:9780062060617

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Customer Reviews of The Song Of Achilles: A Novel


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Achilles needed a story like this one This book made me cry. Articulate read that keeps you interested. As someone who loves Greek Mythology, this was exciting in more ways than one. Great book.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very moving and engrossing I picked up this book because I was looking for something to make my minimum for free shipping.  My choice was based very much on the reviews it received.  I couldn't have been happier with the choice.   I am not familiar with Greek mythology, knowing the names but nothing else of "Achilles", "Zeus", "Trojan War", etc., so reading this book was entirely without expectation.  I am 40 pages from the end and can't bear to finish it (having read the first 320 pages in two days, like other readers).  My interest as I have read it caused me to do some internet searching and thus I found out the ending of the story, which is partly why I am drawing out finishing it. The author writes with simplicity, directness, intensity.  This book was not a typical choice for me, and I am not a frequent reader, rarely finishing books (due to other things to do, lack of interest, etc).  The last book that caused in me the compulsion to read without stopping was "Memoirs of a Geisha" several years ago. I very much recommend this book both for the love story that encompasses friendship and knowing each other inside and out, and the fantastical settings and characters (a Minotaur, a sea goddess, and so on).
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I find myself searching for Achilles and Patroclus I came across this book at one of the kiosks in Chapters when I typed the word "gay teen." I read the synopsis and I just had to get it right away. This book has won the Orange Prize 2012 for Fiction and has been translated in 14 languages. I started reading this last Friday, when I was too sick to go to work. It started odd to me as I couldn't remember who Patroclus was when I read the Illad back in 2004, but it was necessary to make you understand Patroclus' character and the things that Achilles and him will go through as they age. My heart still aches from reading this book, finished in 3 days (I tried to prolong it as I didn't want to say goodbye to either of them... and because I knew what their fates will be). I find myself researching where the modern day places are and if they, indeed, existed. There's a lot on Achilles, but not so much on Patroclus, which is sad. I've fallen in love with the bond and love that they shared. I really appreciate how much thought and research Madeline Miller did on this book. It's definitely one of my favorites. I can't even start reading a new book because of all the emotion that I feel during and after reading this masterpiece.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical! Just read this book in one night, and will be reading it over and over. I've loved Greek mythology since childhood and the Trojan War is one of my favourite tales. This story takes it in a different direction but in one that totally ensnares your imagination and holds it there. From childhood to the war, from life to death, Miller spins the tale of Patroclus, the beloved companion of Achilles, and you see Achilles from his eyes as not just the bold hero, but as the flawed mortal, which adds a depth to him that other tales don't. You find yourself wishing it could end differently. This is a great read, I heartily recommend it!
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "A different view of Achilles" We have all heard the story of Achilles from a child, but the story of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus has always remained closed because this was the first novel that really went into depth with their relationship and the love for one another. When viewing the movies of Achilles, Patroclus is included, but nothing to this extent. I read this book in three days and I am going to have a hard time reading another one because this book was amazing, and written beautifully. You can tell just how much research Miller did for this and I am thankful she wrote such a novel. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Greek Mythology.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! The evolution of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus from childhood friends to adult, ill-fated lovers woven into the events of the Iliad is beautifully crafted and captured by Miller.
Date published: 2012-04-25

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Editorial Reviews

?[Miller] makes a persuasive argument for the timeliness of her subject. ?Miller?s winning debut focuses on Patroclus, a young prince living in Achilles? golden shadow. Miller also gives voice to many of the women who were also consigned to the shadows.? (Publishers Weekly, Spring 2012 Preview, Top 10 Literary Fiction)