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The Song of Achilles

Miller, Madeline. Book - 2012 Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Miller, Madeline, Fiction / Miller, Madeline 1 On Shelf 83 requests on 12 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Includes a character glossary.
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War.

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Hard to put down submitted by Susan4Pax -prev. sueij- on July 13, 2014, 7:52pm What a great way to learn your Greek history. Mostly that stuff is just a list of names from a long-ago Greek Civ class in my mind, but this turned names into fleshed-out characters who were tremendously compelling. I had a hard time putting this down.

Five Stars submitted by Avliss on June 12, 2015, 4:28pm I absolutely adored this book - I've read and translated bits of The Illiad before, and it was so delightful to immerse myself in Miller's superb rendition of this world. Her portrayal of Patroclus and Achilles, both alone and together, adds new life to a long-time classic.

Since I'm a bit of a linguistics nerd, I also really loved how Miller infused the original Greek language in her novel. It was skilfully done, and I think it added another layer to the text.

Tragic and Beautiful submitted by dntanzer on August 31, 2018, 3:10pm This is a book for those interested in greek mythology. It's a beautiful retelling that portrays Patroclus and Achilles in a romantic relationship. The prose is so gorgeous, but heartwrenching.

I didn't want it to end. submitted by AGAPHD on June 15, 2020, 9:17pm I loved this book. The central love story is so beautiful and tender. Knowing how it was fated to end made me dread the unavoidable conclusion. A great retelling of a classic story.

I knew what was coming, but loved it nonetheless submitted by zixyxuan on August 13, 2020, 9:22am After finishing Circe, I wanted to read everything by Madeline Miller...and this book certainly didn't disappoint. I love retellings of the Trojan War, especially stories that focus on how the minor characters made a major impact. This story follows Patroclus, from when he was living as a prince to when he met Achilles and fought in the Trojan War together. Madeline Miller does a phenomenal job with characterization. I love Patroclus and his relationship with Achilles. However, since I knew the plot of The Iliad, I basically saw everything coming.

Overall rating: 4 / 5 Stars

beautiful love story submitted by apknapp on August 19, 2020, 6:10pm Loved it. For lack of a better descriptor, I'd call it historical (mythical?) fiction--takes the rough outline of a story we all know and fleshes out the details. Vibrant characters, wonderfully human (even those who aren't). Incredible detail.

Beautiful and poetic submitted by RachelRedmond on July 26, 2021, 8:27pm A colleague recommended this and I blazed through it. The author brought Greek mythology to life and I learned a lot about the characters through the research I did as I flipped through these pages.

the writing style is to kill for submitted by redmuse on September 19, 2021, 3:13pm The Song of Achilles does what the directors of the 2004 Troy film were too cowardly to do-- they embraced the homoeroticism of the original myth and wove a deadly romance that will live through the ages.

One of my favorites submitted by Mairead Seyfarth on June 17, 2022, 8:08am Beautiful prose. A perfect book for a good cry.

Incredible submitted by lyan.current on June 18, 2022, 4:17pm This book is beautifully written and a fantastic read!

Captivating submitted by Antoine Griezmann on June 26, 2022, 8:46pm So great for a Greek myth fan!

Another great Greek myth from Miller submitted by A2AE on June 28, 2022, 5:58pm I love this tale from an unexpected voice giving rich details into the love story between two famous Greek figures from myth. Just like Circe, it makes a wonderful audio book listen.

Great retelling submitted by bjkoch on July 15, 2022, 3:16pm love every character

The book that got me back into reading submitted by zshahid19 on July 17, 2022, 2:33pm This book is amazing, the author did a great job with developing the characters. This book helped me get back into reading!

Rivetting submitted by mbertrand on July 29, 2022, 4:49pm Well, this one kept me up at night. Engaging and enjoyable story.

A Breath of Fresh Air submitted by ekalish92 on August 11, 2022, 1:53pm I've been a fan of Greek mythology for as long as I can remember but never have I read a retelling of a myth that was just so relatable. Miller did an amazing job of breathing life into an old tale and ancient characters. I really recommend this one!

Beautiful writing! submitted by svenetianer on August 28, 2022, 11:46pm The story is heartwarming, but my favorite part of this book is Madeline Miller's writing style. Beautiful prose, vivid descriptions. Can't wait to read Circe.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Ecco, 2012.
Year Published: 2012
Description: 378 p. ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780062060624 (softcover)
0062060619

SUBJECTS
Trojan War -- Fiction.
Achilles (Greek mythology) -- Fiction.
Greeks -- Turkey -- Fiction.
Troy (Extinct city) -- Fiction.
Greece -- History -- To 146 B.C. -- Fiction.
War stories.
Historical fiction.