Song of Achilles (P.S.) (Prebound)

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When I read that the Orange Prize was awarded to a retelling of my favorite epic poem and the greatest war story ever told, I was filled with both unabashed glee and not a small amount of trepidation. There's nothing quite like Homer's Iliad, and Madeline Miller sure had some epic, ancient shoes to fill. But -- praise Zeus! -- she pulled it off marvelously in The Song of Achilles. Here, she lovingly and expertly crafts every theme of the timeless Greek tragedy: heart-wrenching melodrama, pitiless fate and self-defeating hubris, unfathomable divinities, decadent empires, and deep and immortal love. Miller's choice to narrate the rise and fall of Achilles through the eyes of his lover Patroclus was incredibly intense, moving me to such highs and lows of emotion that I finished the novel breathless and weary, filled with nothing but the desire to read it again. This is an amazing, triumphant book, sure to be a well-loved addition to any library.

Jennie

March 2012 Indie Next List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worth of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worthy of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Description


Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods' wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes 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, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781627655378
ISBN-10: 1627655379
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Pages: 378
Language: English
Series: P.S.