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    DescriptionGreece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not - strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess - and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals. Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus 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. Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.


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    Title
    The Song of Achilles
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Madeline Miller
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408817025
    ISBN 10: 1408817020
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC subject category V2: FQ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    Libri: ENGM1012, AMER3720
    BISAC V2.8: FIC010000
    Libri: GRIE1576
    Thema V1.0: FN
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition statement
    Export/Airside ed
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    05 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.
    Review quote
    'Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories' Emma Donoghue, author of number one bestseller, Room 'The Song of Achilles is at once a scholar's homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down' Ann Patchett, author of the Orange Prizewinning, Bel Canto