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Madeline Miller
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12 April 2012
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408821982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408821985
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches and writes. The Song of Achilles is her first novel. Website: www.madelinemiller.com

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A captivating retelling of the Iliad and events leading up to it through the point of view of Patroclus: it's a hard book to put down, and any classicist will be enthralled by her characterisation of the goddess Thetis, which carries the true savagery and chill of antiquity (Donna Tartt The Times Christmas Books)

I loved it (J.K. Rowling)

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)

Original, clever, and in a class of its own ... an incredibly compelling and seductive read (Independent on Sunday)

A remarkably fresh take on one of the most familiar narratives in western literature (The Times)

Extraordinary ... Beautifully descriptive and heart-achingly lyrical, this is a love story as sensitive and intuitive as any you will find (Daily Mail)

Sexy, dangerous, mystical (Bettany Hughes)

If I were to give a prize for the best work of fiction I've read this year, this would be the runaway winner. As a first novel, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent (A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest)

Inventive, passionate, uplifting and different. It will appeal to all ages. It's a book which despite some of the stiffest competition in the modern world is a truly worthy winner (Joanna Trollope, chair of the judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012)

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A breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War

Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, heartwrenching, exquisite novel 20 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
From beginning to end, The Song of Achilles is gripping and emotive in a way I have never yet experienced from another novel. From Patroclus' flawless and poetic narrative, we see the world - and most importantly, Achilles - in a different way to one presented by other depictions of Troy and the events surrounding it. It is indeed a love story, so I am bemused by the reviews that find it hyper-romanticised; Miller has said that she wanted to write an evocative and intimate tale of the two lovers, not just re-tell the Illiad in modern prose.

This novel is a success on many levels, from its narrative voice and wonderful style of prose to its characterisation of all the characters, minor or major. I found this book to have rich and complex characters despite it being in first person, a feat not to be sneered at. It is fascinating and heartbreaking to see the rise and fall of Achilles through the eyes of his lover, and one that has no doubt brought many a reader to tears, myself included.

It is not necessary to have read the Illiad before reading this book, though vague knowledge of the story of Achilles and Patroclus helps the fantastic lines of foreshadowing hit far more emotional blows. Indeed, '"What has Hector ever done to me?"' must be up there with the most heartwrenching extracts from the novel, such as 'I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.'

Beautiful, tragic, and sublime, this novel is the first I would recommend to anyone looking for something to read. Madeline Miller, in her debut novel, has managed to capture the gilded world of gods and mortals whilst telling one of the most passionate and loved stories from Greek mythology. This book is more than 'worth' the read: it is a vital must.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely beautiful, poetic prose 20 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a teenage girl who absolutely fell for the poetic prose of Madeline Miller. It had me crying at the end. I must say the first half of the book, when the pair are children, was far more enjoyable than the second for me - it is written so simply but so beautifully, and I found it utterly compelling and gentle. Yes, there is recurring adoration from Patroclus - but that's the point. it wouldn't work otherwise. I would thoroughly recommend this book. wonderful!
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145 of 161 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but... 2 Oct 2011
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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This book is very well-written and very involving in places but I did have my reservations about it. Patroclus's narrative voice is believable and gives a convincing account of his childhood misfortunes, the events which lead up to the Trojan War and the War itself. I like the depictions of characters like Odysseus and Agamemnon very much, place and mood are very well evoked, and there are some exciting and very interesting episodes.

Madeline Miller is very keen to portray the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles as one of deep, enduring love, both spiritual and sexual. Whether or not this is justified by the source texts is arguable, but it is a noble aim. However, what we actually get is long, long periods where Patroclus moons around after Achilles like a love-sick puppy, to the point that I felt that the author herself was the one in love with Achilles and wasn't going to miss an opportunity to write a beautifully constructed sentence about his muscles, his hair, the curve of his chin or the soles of his feet (which seem to hold an endless fascination for her) and so on, which I eventually found almost unendurably tedious in places.

There were sufficient good things about this book to make a three-star rating seem very churlish, but it's only just four stars for me. Many other reviewers here have obviously enjoyed it very much, but I can only give it a qualified recommendation.
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95 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Star 23 Sep 2011
By Hiraethus o Gymru VINE VOICE
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The Song of Achilles is the first novel (hopefully of many more) by a very talented author, Madeleine Miller. Anyone who has read The King Must Die and The Bull From The Sea by the legendary Mary Renault will lock in immediately to the style of this narrative. Achilles is brought to life from his childhood to his exploits at Troy, but this version of his life is told from the view of Patroclus, his friend, companion and lover. The love aspect of the relationship is handled sensitively and in a manner that will not offend the most sensitive of readers and the action scenes and characters of the heroes, both Greek and Trojan, are well addressed. Once started, I found it difficult to put this book down, and was reluctant to close it at the end. A very different approach to Homer's immortal story has hopefully launched a new literary star into ascendancy and I look forward to more of this lady's work in the near future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and simple retelling 3 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
This is very much a 'mainstream' retelling of a story a lot of people are vaguely familiar with. The author seems determined to keep everything about it as simple as possible. The characters are very thin. You could probably find out more about them with a quick glance at an encyclopaedia. I though this was a massive missed opportunity to deal with these stories in a more grown up way. The actual prose is deliberately (I hope) simple to reflect the age of the boys but I found this really irritating. With my very limited knowlege of these stories I had hoped to find out something new but was really disappointed. The love story, which is central to the novel, was fine I suppose but unconvincing.

Worth a read but generally disappointing and forgetable
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fall of Troy for the masses
Miller has done something very clever, take a story we all think we know and re-spun it free from our modern hang ups. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Oolong
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I loved it. It is a side of this well known story that I had not read yet. I thought it was well written and the storyline flowed really well.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs m
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Such a well written account of Achilles' life and death. His relationship with Patroclus beautifully told. Read more
Published 11 days ago by polly
4.0 out of 5 stars Took some starting
but enjoyed it when I got going. Holiday read so couldn't help seeing Brad Pitt and Orlando Blume leaping over the sand dunes.
Published 20 days ago by sue
1.0 out of 5 stars Song of Achilles
Started rather week and I found Patroculus a disengaging character who came across as weak. Would have preferred more about Brisies.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs Lara Justine Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and beautiful retelling of a classic tale
This is the story of Achilles, as seen through the eyes of his companion Patroclus. I was familiar with the tale from studying classics, and it was wonderful to be in the company... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mme Suzanne Lageard
5.0 out of 5 stars a love story - well written
I really enjoyed this book. A familiar story written from a different point of view. In fact I should say very well written as it was absorbing from the beginning
Published 1 month ago by Louise Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favourite book
I cannot rate this book highly enough, took me on a magical journey and brought many tears to my eyes!
Published 1 month ago by Nicola Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if not quite The Iliad
At last the majesty, power, and emotion of Achilles's relationship with Patroclus has been honestly told, free from the prudish censorship of countless generations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jon Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Orange prize winner? Really?
I was very disappointed with this book. It was so simplistic in story and style that it felt like a children's story book apart from the sex scenes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sjh
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