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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles (Paperback)

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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, 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.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury UK Publication Date: 01/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9781408821985  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has taught both for over a decade. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. It has been translated into twenty-three languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian and Wall Street Journal. She currently lives in Narberth, MA, where she is working on her second novel.

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This book found its way into my top five. It's a very moving retelling of the relationship between two great, but very human heroes and regardless if you know the original Greek tale or not it will take your breath away.

- 28/05/2014
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Think you know the story of Achilles and his downfall at Troy? Think again. Miller spins Achilles' story in a whole new way, focusing on his intense relationship with Patroclus. This book won the Orange Prize in 2012, and for good reason. It is is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read and the love story at the heart of it is enchanting.

Emily, Charing Cross Road

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 11/10/2016

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