The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 347 Ratings
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Description

“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

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

Reviews

  • Best Read of The Year

    5
    By Gvaselis
    Penelope Miller does a great job taking you to Ancient Greece. Fast paced, well researched, and fun.
  • Wonderful

    5
    By Butterperson
    A lyrical and beautiful love song to a hero, about whom most of us know too little. Told by another hero who has never enjoyed the recognition he deserves. It carries us along and is full of wonderful details. Who knew?
  • Really Guys

    5
    By AlexandraLouiseCox
    For the people who have been commenting that Achilles and Patroclus are cousins, you are wrong. The only time that it is mentioned anywhere that they are cousins is in the movie Troy. Now for the homophobic commenters, it was actually common for men and women to be in same-sex relationships in Greece. Achilles' and Patroclus’ relationship has been up for debate for centuries, and we may never know the truth about it. So, why don’t we as readers acknowledge the fact that everyone has an opinion or belief upon this matter and the author’s is that they were lovers. I honestly dont understand why people are being so critical of this book because it is so well and beautifully written that almost everyone can enjoy it. Madeline Miller’s writing is amazing and I applaud for this book and especially the ending.
  • I cried but it was the book I didn't know I needed

    4
    By ChocolateEater216
    Breathtaking
  • Wonderful despite the flaws

    5
    By Justgivemeanicknamethatworks
    Fell in love with the characters. Just wished that Thetis wasn't so cold and Patroclus was portrayed as a great fighter in the beginning like the Iliad. And I hate Apollo so much right now
  • Impressed!

    5
    By Happyyycamperrr
    I'm writing this review because as I was reading through them I kept seeing people saying things like "this was soft core gay porn" and calling it "gross." I just wanted to say I never once got that vibe. I thought the author described Achilles and Patroclus' relationship beautifully. She had a perfect balance of sexual desire and emotional connection between the two. If anything it could have been sexier! Lol. She does an amazing job showing how the characters grow and develop through out the story. I literally had trouble putting the book down. Madeline Miller has been added to my list of favorite authors! Truly a great, great read!
  • highly recommend

    4
    By IndigoNova27
    Every time I read this book is like stepping out to get hit by a wrecking ball of emotion... but I do it anyway. It's a very interesting interpretation of the Iliad that I thoroughly enjoy. It is a little slow at the beginning, but as it gains momentum, it really becomes a story true to the Greek tragedies. As a member of the lgbtq+ community, I always love seeing queer characters/relationships in media, but if that's not your thing, just move on. It's your loss. (If you're here solely to argue on Achilles' sexuality, stop. That's just exhausting. Nobody really knows and I doubt any old ancient Greeks are going to rise from the dead and tell us, so please leave) Anyway, overall I think it's a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.
  • Song of Achilles

    5
    By Sine DeMaio
    Fabulous - so engrossing that I finished it in one night! Just couldn't put it down.
  • An amazing book!

    5
    By MacMan9876
    I was reluctant to read this book at first because although the overall rating for this book is very high, some of the reader reviews were staunchly against the book. I took a chance, purchased & read the book. So very glad I did. Incredible writing skills by the author, I really enjoyed her style. And what an interesting interpretation of this ancient story. After reading the book, I thought how could anyone rate this book anything less than excellent? Then I went back and reread what those negative readers had to say again. Oh, I get it now; they are intolerant and would conform the world into the exact way that they are, no room for anyone who deviates from their "norm". For potential readers who are on the fence about reading this book as I was, do yourself a favor, this book will take you on an amazing journey you won't soon forget! There is nothing sexually explicit in this book, the references to intimacy are very tastefully handled.
  • @ other people commenting

    5
    By 3048909
    All the comments denying Pat and Achilles’ relationship are so amusing. Although this is based on the Iliad, this is Miller’s interpertation of it. Your comments don’t do anything except make you seem homophobic.

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