The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

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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, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 378 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780062060617
0062060619
9780062060624
Branch Call Number: Mill

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mmelbom
Mar 13, 2020

Great book! Really enjoyable read. Had a nice mix of action with it's romance, enjoyed the Greek methodology.

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carolwu96
Mar 10, 2020

If Achilles had a song, of what would it sing?⁣⁣
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Is it the heroes who succumbed to his hand in the Trojan War? Is it the extraordinary fate dictated before even his birth? Or is it his love with Patroclus, whose death threw him into such a rage that even the gods could not escape from it unscathed?⁣
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Patroclus’ tender eyes shows us another side of the demigod. A golden boy rather than an irritable militant. A reluctant hero rather than a killing machine. A faithful lover even in death. While the epic bellows of his rage and physique, Miller’s song is one of love and mortality.⁣
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Rather than simply contextualizing the epic, Miller also wrestles with the eternal mysteries of Greek mythology which are, in another way of speaking, those of life: the relationship between free will and predetermination, friendship and romance, identity and power. In short, The Song of Achilles is one of struggles and growth, of the fragility beneath the mask of invulnerability, of humanity in suppression and conflict.⁣⁣

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ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 02, 2020

This is a love story filled with action and adventure. Miller re-tells Homer’s ancient Greek poem the Iliad. The story is told from the prospective of Patroclus, an exiled prince and lover of the legendary warrior Achilles. Miller gives the reader insight into what the epic’s characters may have felt and experienced during the time of the fabled Trojan War.

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The_Zookeeper
Feb 16, 2020

I couldn't put this book down even though I knew exactly where we would end up. The story was so bittersweet and really showed off the flaws that the characters have while making you want them to be happy even if history tells us they won't be.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 22, 2020

Her latest book, "Circe," is also very good. Ancient Greece comes alive!

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bogwolf
Dec 22, 2019

Told from Patroclus' POV, a very sympathetic retelling of the events leading to and through the Trojan War. Reads swiftly as javelin plummeting from the pure purple of the Aegean eve. The tears that almost flow, the clenched jaws as the strong beards on the strong jaws of strong men turn from smoldering coals in the brazier; the flush running over a lover as a hand brushes against a beloved, leaving the the head swimming... all very passionate.

And, I liked it very much.

There are curious choices: sometimes sensibilities are ancient, sometimes modern, and I imagine this bothers some readers as it has me on other occasions. Here it did not. Also the balance between early years at the court, training with Chiron, hiding from the war and the war itself - with fewer than 400 pages decisions must be made about what to cut, what to highlight. Largely I'm happy with Miller's choices, but I'm sure many readers would find reason to argue over this.

For those that enjoy Mary Renault, of course. For the rest of, most likely.

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chrisclean
Dec 03, 2019

Song was unexpectedly romantic without being cloying and many times more captivating than Circe IMHO.

PawsFurBooks Dec 03, 2019

Such a gorgeous book. If you love Greek mythology or books set in ancient Greece, this is a book for you. The writing is compelling and so well done.

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derikam
Nov 09, 2019

Great book. Has predictably tragic ending but is very sweet.

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cham03
Oct 24, 2019

The Song of Achilles is the most beautifully written book I've ever read.

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indigo_horse_424
Jul 21, 2018

“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.”

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bangbangtangdyn
Dec 08, 2017

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

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danielle0308
Aug 27, 2016

"Go, he waits for you."

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danielle0308
Aug 27, 2016

"This and this and this."

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eloisal
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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becker
Aug 23, 2012

"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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