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The Song of Achilles

Miller, Madeline. Book - 2012 Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Miller, Madeline, Fiction / Miller, Madeline None on shelf 131 requests on 14 copies Community Rating: 4.3 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 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.

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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.