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The Song of Achilles (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Madeline Miller (Author)

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Member:christiguc
Title:The Song of Achilles
Authors:Madeline Miller (Author)
Info:London: Bloomsbury, 2011.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, female author, american, greece, ancient greece, troy, historical fiction, greek mythology, war, trojan war, bloomsbury, bookshelf16, fbn, read2012, TIOLI, best of quarter

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2011)

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Really 3 1/2 stars.

A slow beginning, but very gripping toward the end. I liked the idea of Briseis, but I do wish that she had been fleshed out more, especially given the dearth of female characters. The voice was not very distinctive; it was self-consciously arty and sounded very much like a voice I'd heard before. And it made little sense for the viewpoint character. But I liked the story itself very much. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
Let me tell you a story.

I had a few pages left of this book. Boss comes over to ask what I am reading. I tell her. She asks me if it's good. I burst into tears.

...if that is any indication of how much I loved this book. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
Let me tell you a story.

I had a few pages left of this book. Boss comes over to ask what I am reading. I tell her. She asks me if it's good. I burst into tears.

...if that is any indication of how much I loved this book. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
As a trained classicist, Miller has done a remarkable job of writing a prequel to the Illiad focusing upon the homosexual relationship between Achilles and Patroclus which is only hinted at in the Illiad. Engaging and well written, the story is a nuanced telling of a blossoming love between Achilles, the Greek hero, and his boyhood companion, Patroclus, an exiled prince. The novel also explores the love for a child by parents and the rare love between a king and queen in arranged marriages. A prose narrative told from the perspective of Patrolcus makes for an interesting and novel conceit. ( )
  MitchChabraja | Oct 7, 2016 |
Yes, this pulled me in like Mary Renault's books used to. No, I don't understand why. ( )
1 vote MarthaJeanne | Sep 14, 2016 |
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That The Song of Achilles offers a different take on the epic story of Achilles and the Trojan War is not, in itself, anything particularly out of the ordinary. People have been putting their own spins on The Iliad from the instant Homer finished reciting it. What's startling about this sharply written, cleverly re-imagined, enormously promising debut novel from Madeline Miller is how fresh and moving her take on the tale is — how she has managed to bring Achilles and his companion Patroclus to life in our time without removing them from their own.
added by Shortride | editUSA Today, Robert Bianco (Mar 12, 2012)
 
But in the case of Miller, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in classics at Brown, the epic reach exceeds her technical grasp. The result is a book that has the head of a young adult novel, the body of the “Iliad” and the hindquarters of Barbara Cartland.
 

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Madeline Millerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Douglas, FrazerNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saltzman, AllisonCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorpe, DavidReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Windgassen, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.… (more)

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