The Song of AchillesBook - 2012
"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."
"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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LPL_LeahN Oct 15, 2020
If you consume one story of Achilles, other than the Iliad, it should be this. Madeline Miller's prose and storytelling are peerless. I believe (and my entire speculative fiction book club agrees) that the ending of this book is one of best ever, absolutely perfect, and it will blow you away.
LPL_KimberlyL Jan 02, 2020
A stunning heart-breaker.
The most romantic of all love stories that is "technically not considered a romance" but is so gorgeous and loving and beautiful and heart-wrenching, this book had to be included. (Pro tip: have a box of tissues nearby.)
Achilles and Patroclus have been through many tough situations as they’ve grown up together and the battle at Troy may be their final challenge. This beautiful retelling of their story brings the Iliad to life.
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“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
"Our man liked conquest, they did not trust a man who was conquered himself" (pg 176)
We were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.
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