Achilles, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Elizabeth Cook's mesmerising poetic voice weaves the interlocking stories of Achilles and the central figures of his legend into a many-layered exploration of achievement and loss, of choice and inescapable destiny.

Born of the sea-nymph Thetis by the mortal King Peleus, hidden as a girl on Skiros until Odysseus discovers him, Achilles becomes the Greeks' greatest warrior at Troy.

Into his story come others - among them Hector, Helen, Penthiseleia the Amazon Queen and the centaur Chiron; and finally John Keats, whose writings form the basis of a meditation on identity and shared experience.

An unforgettable and deeply moving work of fiction, Achilles also affirms of the story's enduring power to reach across centuries and cultures to the core of our imagination.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Myth & legend told as fiction
  • ISBN: 9780413771391



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A mistake. A moment ago Achilles had needed Odysseus. Now he lets him go, his face dark with scorn.'What's that to me? Don't you know that it's sweeter to be alive - in any shape or form - than lord of all these shadows?'A poetic retelling of the story of Achilles, including his upbringing, the Trojan War, and the meeting between the dead Achilles and Odysseus, who has followed Circe's instructions on how to call the dead to meet with him. I'm not sure why the poet Keats makes an appearance in the final section.

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