The Song of Achilles

Hardcover, 378 pages

English language

Published Sept. 10, 2012 by Ecco.

ISBN:
9780062060617
OCLC Number:
773303923

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5 stars (22 reviews)

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.

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4 stars

This probably isn't a book I would've read on my own but my queer/fantasy book club was reading it so I gave it a whirl and found it enjoyable. It was a quick read and, having not been assigned The Illiad for required reading in school (we read The Odyssey), I realized I wasn't actually that familiar with the source material beyond flashback to the atrocious film Troy.

The love story is the root of everything and it's handled very well. I'm particularly fond of the subtleties in how the characters change over time from their youth into young adulthood and how the main character has to reckon with his love for Achilles even as watches him become someone he probably wouldn't be in love with if he wasn't already.

The sticky wicket for me is, as with any historical story that hews to the brutality of the times, especially …

Review of 'The song of Achilles' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Para ser una autora novel, Madeline ha escrito una historia increíble en la que ha dado una nueva vida a figuras que todo amante de la mitología conoce.

Recomiendo que todo el mundo lea este libro pero si eres un amante de la mitología como yo, vas a guardar esta historia en tu corazón.

Estoy destrozado y maravillado al mismo tiempo

Review of 'The song of Achilles' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

My wife reads a lot of romance novels and I, never having read one, had been casting about for a prime example of the genre. And then this hit the list for the 2013 Tournament of Books - a pre-bodice bodice ripper! A tunic ripper?

I did a couple of things I try never to do. I read a review or two in the middle of the book and I also did just a touch of research in halfway through to see how much foundation there was to Miller's version of the romantic elements of the book. (I hadn't encountered the Iliad since high school.) I think it validated why I try not to do either of these things. The reviews that complain about deviations from the Iliad were silly. (One even called it 'derivative' which is precisely and exactly true but not valid as a criticism. Hope they took …

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Subjects

  • Trojan War
  • Greeks
  • Fiction
  • Achilles (Greek mythology)
  • History

Places

  • Turkey
  • Troy (Extinct city)
  • Greece