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The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles
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Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not - strong,... show more
Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not - strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess - and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals. Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus 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. Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781408816035 (1408816032)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it
3.5 Review: The Song of Achilles
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...
Yoz0ra Reads
Yoz0ra Reads rated it
3.0
[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 ...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it
2.0
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...
Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf
Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf rated it
5.0 Final Thoughts: Song of Achilles
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 ...
Wandering through the pages...
Wandering through the pages... rated it
5.0 The Song of Achilles
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...
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