The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

Book - 2012
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A retelling of the legend of Achilles follows Patroclus and Achilles, the golden son of King Peleus, as they lay siege to Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped--a cause that tests their friendship and forces them to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062126122
Branch Call Number: MIL
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 24 cm


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May 23, 2018

I picked up this book expecting a lot as the description caught me immediately and let me tell you I was not disappointed! The authors writing style is gorgeous and the story blew me away. Highly recommend reading this one!

Nicr May 12, 2018

Patroclus, the favorite of Achilles, narrates the story of the god-like man of destiny's rise as Greece's greatest warrior. Vividly and powerfully imagined.

May 01, 2018

I borrowed this book upon recomendation from the library, and it was amazing. The characters were perfectly written and Patrocles' devotion to Achilles was heartbreaking.

Apr 26, 2018

Enjoyable ro read. I like the author's style of writing.

DanniOcean Apr 23, 2018

I liked her second novel Circe better, but this one was pretty engaging as well.

kobrien3 Apr 03, 2018

This book has been on my list for years, and I'm so glad I finally read it. Miller has written a beautiful and gripping story that manages to stay true to the source material while thoughtfully focusing on the human aspects of the story. Her depiction of Patroclus and Achilles' relationship (something that too often seems to be minimized in modern adaptations of the Iliad) is both lovely and heartbreaking. While I knew where the story was going, I was still drawn into the narrative, and was in tears of both sadness and joy by the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Ancient Greek history and myth, or just enjoys well written epic love stories!

Vibe97 Mar 29, 2018

A truly epic read which brought me to tears. The joyful days of boyhood which are challenged by the expectations of war and prophecy is a truly moving tale. This book offers the delightful perspective of unsung heroes motivated by love and loyalty. I am already eager to read this author's next story which once again takes the point-of-view of an overlooked character in a classic sequel.

Sep 27, 2017

When unremarkable, ten-year-old prince Patroclus unintentionally kills another boy following an argument, he is exiled from family and kingdom to Phthia, where he fosters with King Peleus. Over the years he and Peleus' son Prince Achilles, both of an age, form a close friendship. Achilles is the star, a confident warrior with seemingly supernatural abilities (no surprise, as his mother is the water goddess Thetis), while Patroclus is the commensurate sidekick, of no great martial skill but humble, compassionate and loyal. When the Trojan War beckons and prophecy threatens, both young men are resigned to their duty as Greeks.

This was a beautiful, vivid, tragic tale, fleshing out more fully a relationship given only brief mention in The Iliad. Surprisingly (and yet, unsurprisingly), mythology taught in grade school is sanitized. I was completely unaware that many classical sources from antiquity regarded Achilles and Patroclus' relationship as a romantic one. I found it meaningful and refreshing, if heartbreaking.

Jun 30, 2017

A fresh take on the tale of Patroclus and Achilles. Bold, fantastic and utterly engrossing.

Apr 15, 2017

I cried during the last 50 pages of the book, and my heart was breaking even before that. Beautiful retelling, absolute poetry.

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Dec 08, 2017

"Our man liked conquest, they did not trust a man who was conquered himself" (pg 176)

Aug 27, 2016

"Go, he waits for you."

Aug 27, 2016

"This and this and this."

Jun 07, 2015

We were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.

Aug 23, 2012

"She used to be known as the most beautiful woman in our kingdoms. Now they say she's the most beautiful woman in the world.....A thousand ships have sailed for her"


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