The Song Of Achilles: A Novel

The Song Of Achilles: A Novel

Paperback | August 28, 2012

byMadeline Miller

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“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

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“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”—Ann Patchett“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelli...

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Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful— irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despi...

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:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't question, just read it A retold story of Homer's Iliad, so beautifully written, one of the most wonderful books I haven't read in recent years.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GO READ IT One of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read. The imagery and language used is astounding, and the unique but still accurate depictions of Illiad characters are two of the reasons that I had to hide my ugly sobbing in public while reading it. You fall so in love with the characters and the world that its hard to let go of it once its finished!
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS If you're thinking about buying this, DO IT!!! Definitely one of the best books I have ever read. The plot was fast paced but not difficult to understand, and the romance aspect of it was perfect! I read it in one sitting :)
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LIT i love this book with all my heart i will be buried with it
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great summer reading Even though I knew what was coming, I was still surprised at how the author weaved this story. Very entertaining read.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This and this and this I loved this book so openly and publicly that three of my friends immediately started reading it and texted me their experience. It's so wonderfully done and hurt-y and lovely and perfect.
Date published: 2015-05-28
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 The Song Of Achilles I found this to be my favorite version of the story of Achilles... let the reader be warned it does have some homosexuality in it but nothing prolific.... Its a very enchanting story with lots of sentiment felt that only a good story of Greek Gods and mortals can tell... I highly recommend it...
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Song Of Achilles This was an astounding story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from the first page to the last. This book was interesting, refreshing, absorbing and surprising. quite a few tears too.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written Pretty good for the authors first book ever written.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written In all the books I have read, (which is a lot ) I have never found a book as captivating as this . The action packed ,fast pasted style of writing really leaves you wanting to read and read . The delicate love story of a Greek Demi god and his unlikely companion touches the heart and you do fall in love with the characters..... Splendid book with a tragic yet heroic ending which I found tear worthy .... A MUST READ
Date published: 2014-01-22
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 The Song of Achilles This book is a masterpiece. Miller draws us into the story, the relationships and their outcomes, exactly as the title says, like a song. The pacing reminds me of Duras' "Moderato Cantabile". So many writers have been fascinated by the fall of Troy from the Trojan perspective, but this looks at the long, drawn out destruction from the Greek side. The way Miler paints the love between Achilles and Patrocles binds us into their emotions. The skilful weaving of the human and the divine, richly enhances the narrative, as does the insight into the very human psychology of both gods and people.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Song of Achilles A great retelling of an ancient classic
Date published: 2013-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to follow, makes you feel like you were there I thought this book was very creative in weaving mythology, heroes and gods all into one flowing story. I noticed that I held my breath when reading about what Thetis said, or what Apollo did. Very well written! Interesting story that is easy to read and just "go with its flow"
Date published: 2013-12-02
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 The Song of Achilles A different take at an old tale!
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love comes in many different ways. An amazing story of love. It was a great read! Not what I expected at all. Truly a great surprise. The author has a great gift for settings and describing them.
Date published: 2013-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have read This is one of the best books I have read. Ever. The plot was fascinating and the writing was mesmerizing. It tells the story of the famed Achilles from the point of view of Patroclus, Achilles' closest companion, who is usually mentioned in passing. This book made me feel and it made me think. I cannot recommend it enough.
Date published: 2013-04-29
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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