The Song of Achilles
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“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.”
“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.
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Amazing, engaging, warm, compelling
I've never taken the time to review a book on iTunes before but this is a must-read. It's breathtakingly beautiful and emotionally compelling as well as being an engaging story. Wow. Wish I could read it for the first time again.
Having read a majority of Greek classics Including The Iliad , The Odyssey , Thucydides, and Aeneid to name a few and being a huge fan of the character Achilles, I was skeptical at first of this modern re telling of a classic myth. A few chapters in and you find yourself learning who Achilles truly was through the eyes of someone that he loved. You must be accepting of ancient Greek culture and their ways to get past some of miss miller's detailed encounters between Patroclus and Achilles. A beautifully written story, to call it a love story would be like taking its glory away. This is definitely a modern epic.
What a lovely surprise!
This almost makes me want to re-read the Iliad! This was a great twist on a classic story. While it isn't my usual genre I decided to take a chance and I most certainly was not let down. I couldn't put it down. I hope there are more novels to follow.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Mar 06, 2012
- Publisher: Ecco
- Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
- Print Length: 416 Pages
- Language: English