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, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062060617
Branch Call Number: F MILLE-M
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 24 cm


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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

Jun 16, 2016

Incredibly lyrically written, beautifully tragic. In a world with so few great epic gay love stories, this book is very needed. Miller's retelling of the Iliad captures the epic poetry aspect as well as creating interesting, multifaceted characters that a modern reader can enjoy. A classic in its own right.

Feb 01, 2016

Really good book. For anyone who likes to read about Greek mythology, especially the Trojan War, I recommend you read this book.

Jun 26, 2015

Great read for fans of Greek mythology and epic, heartbreaking love stories. Madeline Miller's exquisite writing and outstanding storytelling skills gives Patroclus and Achilles' story many delightful, heart-wrenching twists while also staying as true as possible to the original story.

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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."

Aug 27, 2016

"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.

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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