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The Song of Achilles (Paperback)
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The Song of Achilles (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 12/04/2012
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Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction

'Page-turning ... Nothing strikes a false note in her intricately created world.' - Guardian 

'Extraordinary ... As great a retelling of Homer's epic Iliad as you will find.' - Daily Mail 

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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408821985
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A captivating retelling ... It's a hard book to put down.' - Donna Tartt, The Times 

'A masterful re-telling of The Iliad, but looking at the hidden stories and the shadows beneath' - Kate Mosse, Sunday Express

'A more than worthy winner - original, passionate, inventive and uplifting.' - Joanna Trollope, chair of the judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012

'Only the finest of historical novelists are able to adequately convey the sheer strangeness and otherness of the past, particularly the ancient past ... Remarkably fresh.' - The Times

'Miller's prose is more poetic than almost any translation of Homer ... Deeply affecting.' - Observer

'Not least of Miller's achievements is to reanimate this vision of the divine in prose that is simultaneously modern and true to its source.' - Tom Holland, New Statesman 

'Page-turning ... Nothing strikes a false note in her intricately created world.' - Guardian 

'Extraordinary ... As great a retelling of Homer's epic Iliad as you will find.' - Daily Mail 

'Miller has combined scholarship with imagination to turn the most familiar war epic into a fresh, emotionally riveting and sexy page-turner.' - Independent

'I loved Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles - a tender story of love between men and the pressure of living up to the masculine ideal.' - Jenni Murray, Daily Telegraph

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“Write, classics teacher, of the fate of Achilles!”

‘The Song of Achilles’ is a difficult book to categorise. Is it a romance? Historical? Fantasy?

The story focuses on Patroclus, a relatively minor character in the original story of ‘The Iliad’, companion of... More

Paperback edition
1st March 2014
Helpful? Upvote 37

“The love of Achilles.”

This award winning book takes an unusual view of the Trojan war. It is narrated by Achilles’ companion Patroclus, an important but underdeveloped character in the lliad. Miller ably uses all the available sources to... More

Paperback edition
29th January 2014
Helpful? Upvote 34

“Amazing”

Normally, a book like this isn't my piece of cake but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Lots of avid descriptions with the right balance between and interesting love story, Greek mythology and the actual... More

Paperback edition
25th November 2012
Helpful? Upvote 32

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