The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062060617
Branch Call Number: F MIL
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 24 cm.


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DanniOcean Apr 23, 2018

I liked her second novel Circe better, but this one was pretty engaging as well.

kobrien3 Apr 03, 2018

This book has been on my list for years, and I'm so glad I finally read it. Miller has written a beautiful and gripping story that manages to stay true to the source material while thoughtfully focusing on the human aspects of the story. Her depiction of Patroclus and Achilles' relationship (something that too often seems to be minimized in modern adaptations of the Iliad) is both lovely and heartbreaking. While I knew where the story was going, I was still drawn into the narrative, and was in tears of both sadness and joy by the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Ancient Greek history and myth, or just enjoys well written epic love stories!

Vibe97 Mar 29, 2018

A truly epic read which brought me to tears. The joyful days of boyhood which are challenged by the expectations of war and prophecy is a truly moving tale. This book offers the delightful perspective of unsung heroes motivated by love and loyalty. I am already eager to read this author's next story which once again takes the point-of-view of an overlooked character in a classic sequel.

Sep 27, 2017

When unremarkable, ten-year-old prince Patroclus unintentionally kills another boy following an argument, he is exiled from family and kingdom to Phthia, where he fosters with King Peleus. Over the years he and Peleus' son Prince Achilles, both of an age, form a close friendship. Achilles is the star, a confident warrior with seemingly supernatural abilities (no surprise, as his mother is the water goddess Thetis), while Patroclus is the commensurate sidekick, of no great martial skill but humble, compassionate and loyal. When the Trojan War beckons and prophecy threatens, both young men are resigned to their duty as Greeks.

This was a beautiful, vivid, tragic tale, fleshing out more fully a relationship given only brief mention in The Iliad. Surprisingly (and yet, unsurprisingly), mythology taught in grade school is sanitized. I was completely unaware that many classical sources from antiquity regarded Achilles and Patroclus' relationship as a romantic one. I found it meaningful and refreshing, if heartbreaking.

Jun 30, 2017

A fresh take on the tale of Patroclus and Achilles. Bold, fantastic and utterly engrossing.

Apr 15, 2017

I cried during the last 50 pages of the book, and my heart was breaking even before that. Beautiful retelling, absolute poetry.

Mar 29, 2017

An excellent retelling of the Iliad from the pov of Patroclus. I couldn't put it down and read it all in one sitting. The story flowed organically and was very true to the original.

Dec 15, 2016

A romantic tragedy is what The Song of Achilles is. The story told from Patrocles' point of view, tells of how he came to meet Achilles, how their friendship blossoms into something more, and to what extent they would go for each other. The story was beautiful, sad, and it was a good read. My rating would have been a 5, but it wasn't only because of the ending. I enjoyed the book up until the end, only because the ending wasn't as I'd like it to end.

Dec 07, 2016

The Song of Achilles is an absolutely stunning debut by Madeleine Miller, telling the story of Achilles through the eyes of the one who, to quote Homer, "he whom [Achilles] honoured more than all". This is simultaneously sweeping, beautifully written Historical fiction that invokes the epic poetry of Greek song, a celebration of Greek mythology and the larger-than-life characters who inhabit it, and a breathtaking love story that will make and break your heart all over again. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Jul 30, 2016

In my opinion, The Song of Achilles is one of the most beautiful books ever written. The style in which it is written is magical and heartbreaking and the characters are so overwhelmingly relatable that you quickly become attached to them. This is the story of the Greek hero of the Trojan war, Achilles Pelides, his childhood, teen years, and then finally the time he spent in battle. It is told from the point of view of his best friend Patroclus, an exile who was sent to live with Achilles’ family after being disowned by his father. When Achilles takes notice of Patroclus he takes him under his wing and insists that they be together always. This friendship slowly becomes a love like no other, forbidden but beautiful and true. War soon comes to them and Achilles must become the hero he was born to be and brings Patroclus with him; this is, unfortunately, the start of the tragic half of the book. I will sing the praises of this book for as long as I live and although it is horribly sad it is so well written and gorgeous that it is beyond worth reading. 5 Stars
- @scarletsoldier of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Dec 08, 2017

"Our man liked conquest, they did not trust a man who was conquered himself" (pg 176)

Aug 27, 2016

"Go, he waits for you."

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"This and this and this."

Jun 07, 2015

We were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.

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"She used to be known as the most beautiful woman in our kingdoms. Now they say she's the most beautiful woman in the world.....A thousand ships have sailed for her"


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