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    DescriptionSHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 Greece 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: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408826423
    ISBN 10: 1408826429
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: FQ
    DC22: 813.6
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FN
    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 1 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 'A real page-turner. It's a gripping narrative and vividly told. I'm sure it will be a huge success' Charles Palliser, author of The Quincunx 'The Iliad turns on Achilles' pride and his relationship with Patroclus, but Homer is sparing with the personal - so much so that, though we believe in their friendship, we do not understand it. The Song of Achilles brings light to their love. This is a beautiful book' Zachary Mason, author of Lost Books of the Odyssey