The Song Of Achilles
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date:
- 12 April 2012
- Myth & Legend told as fiction
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Now, I've never been a big fan of The Iliad...I didn't dislike it, but it never remained all that memorable for me. It was simply a story to be read for class and then *poof!* I forgot about it. Then I saw this Orange Prize Shortlisted novel and thought that I should give this tale another go. You guys, never again will this story or these characters be a hazy memory - The Song of Achilles forever cured me of that! Let me list the reasons why Madeline Miller's book is the best I've read so far in 2012: extremely well written character-driven but still a page-turner this book gives readers a greater understanding of the motivations behind the mythological events An emotional rollercoaster: I know this is gonna make me sound like a wet blanket...but I cried several times throughout reading the book. achingly honest and beautifully rendered romance The Song of Achilles makes me want to read some more mythology-based literature (anyone have any recommendations??)Recommended to everyone!!! Seriously, go read this now.
I loved this book. I can't really put it any other way. The language is pretty simplistic, it's easy to read and the chapters are short. The relationship between Achilles and his lover Patroclus is presented in a very poetic way; I wish the author would have spent more time on them and their feelings for each other instead of wedging it in between the events of Achilles life leading up to the battle of Troy.I can tell that Madeline Miller really has a deep respect and love for her subject and that shows through in the prose.Highly recommended.
A beautiful new retelling of the Trojan War, from the point of view of Patroclus, Achilles' closest friend and lover. This is the story of their romantic relationship, and it is also the story of Patroclus watching Achilles become the hero of the Greeks. The gods are real in Miller's version, and she weaves them into the story seamlessly and with startling realism. Miller's prose is fluid and beautiful. The last chapters haunted me for days afterwards. She breathes new life into gods, mortals and heroes. I don't think the Trojan War has ever felt so fresh and exciting to me as it did reading <i>Song of Achilles</i>. A perfect novel, and the best book I have read in a long time. Highly recommended.
In "The Song of Achilles" Madeline Miller has done for Achilles and Patroclus what Mary Renault did for Alexander, Hephaiston, and Bagoas -- made them human, sympathetic, approachable, and completely real. Her writing is both spare and finely detailed. You can almost feel the sun on your face and hear the wind blowing over Chiron's mountain. Wonderful escapist fare that has me reaching for my copies of "Fire From Heaven" and "The Persian Boy".
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