The Song of Achilles (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Song of Achilles 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.
- Published: 01 September 2012
- Format: Paperback 378 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062060624 ISBN 10: 0062060627
- Sales rank: 94,156
Reviews for The Song of Achilles
Achingly Tragic, Thoughtful and Beautiful
"I will never leave him. It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me."
You may know how this epic mythological tale ends, but you've never read the story of Achilles and his beloved companion, Patroclus.
I really have no words for how much I loved this story, how much I believe that it deserved the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. I was approached by the publisher about a feature of the book on my blog, with an offer for a review copy. I initially turned that offer down, thinking I had no time to fit for this book. But then I took a closer look, and several friends, wanting to read it themselves, urged me to give this book a try. I'm upset to think that I almost let The Song of Achilles pass me by.
Author Madeline Miller's re-imagining of the story of Achilles is simply brilliant. It takes a special magic to entice readers into taking an adventure in which they already know the ending. With her beyond gorgeous narrative, and a focus on the beautiful, doomed love between Achilles and Patroclus, The Song of Achilles is a story to fall in love with.
To take Patroclus, a largely unremembered character from The Iliad, and build this story around him and his love for Achilles, was genius. Miller built a man who was stronger, braver, and more loyal than he could ever realize. His story was achingly tragic, and more thoughtful and beautiful than I can say.
Helen of Troy may have been the face to launch a thousand ships, but Patroclus was the force that gave Achilles the push to become a hero. by Andrea Thompson