The Song of Achilles: A Novel
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 difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms... show more
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 difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Publish date: 2012-07-29
Edition language: English
I couldn't get into this. I had to switch between paperback and audiobook to get through it. I love the subject matter and the fact that the story focused on Achilles and Patroclus growing up together and falling for one another. It was interesting how they lived with the spectre of both their...
[spoiler] I enjoyed this book more than Circe, which I gave it the DNF mark. However, I had some difficulty engaging with the story during the first part of the book, but I got hook at the part where Achilles is introduced in the story. Then during the middle section, the pacing became too slow and ...
Inizio la mia lettura con entusiasmo. Da bambina lessi un libro dal titolo Achille e Patroclo, rimasi talmente affascinata dalla figura di Patroclo che ne conservo ancora il ricordo. È Patroclo che narra:Mio padre era un re, figlio di re. Come la maggior parte di noi, non era molto alto e aveva la c...
This one is definitely going into my list of favorite reads for this year. It moved me deeply enough that I'm not sure how much I can even write about it. I might have to come back and add to this post in the days to come, because I know that the story and characters will haunt me for a while. It ...
Powerful. Lyrical. Poignant. Stirring. This book is one of the best love stories I have ever read. Far from chick-lit or a romance novel, this story is a take on the life of Achilles, told by his love and best friend, Patroclus. “Name one hero that was happy,” Achilles asked of Patroclus. “I’m going...