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The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller
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Publisher Description

“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.

4027 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“This was an adventure. I started this book knowing the ending because I know the myth but even knowing that I ended up crying. Patroclus and Achilles have the softest and kindest relationship that ends up in a bloodbath, and it’s so hard to know that maybe it’s a little bit of their fault and pride that lend to it. But we can blame them for living out the fate that was written for them. This books is going to be forever with me for one or another reason”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveBeautiful settingImmersive settingHeartbreakingRomantic
Loudly Crying Face“This is the best book I have ever read! I was sobbing by the end of it.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedBeautiful settingImmersive settingComing of ageRomantic
Loudly Crying Face“So beautiful! I couldn’t help but cry seeing two enemies (Thetis and Patroclus) share the same immense love for Achilles. So much that Thetis gives Patroclus his honor by resting along side Achilles acknowledged. Overall such a great story. Only reason it’s not a 5 is just to some slight powering through to finish the book in the middle.”
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Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingTwistyImmersive settingHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Thinking Face“Het begin en het einde van het boek waren goed. Het midden niet echt. Want toen ik het begin en het einde las kon ik het echt makkelijk aan 1 stuk door lezen en wilde ik weten wat er zou gaan gebeuren. Maar het midden kwam ik gwn echt moeilijk doorheen, er gebeurde toen ook vrij weinig tussen Patroclus en Achilles en zelfs de oorlog had een vrij vlak gedeelte bereikt. Oh en voor een boek wat draait om de relatie tussen Patroclus en Achilles, had hun relatie weinig diepte in my opinion.”
Original writingComing of ageAnimal abuseMisogynySexual assaultViolenceUnengaging characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“It took me a hot minute. The writing style came off as annoying and pretentious to me for a bit, but once I was immersed in it I started focusing on the way it complimented her chosen story, and the historical legacy she was working within. What do you do about a fate that is predicted for you? Achilles and Patroclus walk headlong into something they always knew was coming, but it is still heart wrenching and complex all these centuries later. The war started to lose me though.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingBeautiful settingComing of ageHeartbreakingRomanticThought-provoking

About Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two novels: The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Women’s Prize for Fiction 2012, and Circe, which was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019. Her books have been translated into over thirty two languages. Miller holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms, and taught Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade.

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