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The Song of Achilles: Bloomsbury Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Song of Achilles: Bloomsbury Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 21/09/2017
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A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The Song of Achilles, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list The god touches his finger to the arrow's fletching. Then he breathes, a puff of air - as if to send dandelions flying, to push toy boats over water. And the arrow flies, straight and silent, in a curving, downward arc towards Achilles' back. 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, the boys develop a tender friendship, a bond which blossoms into something deeper as they grow into young men. But when Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Achilles is dispatched to distant Troy to fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408891384
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I loved it * J.K. Rowling *
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 *
At once a scholar's homage to the Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist ... A book I could not put down * Ann Patchett *
Inventive, passionate, uplifting and different ... A truly worthy winner * Joanna Trollope *

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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
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“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
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“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
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