The Song of Achilles: A Novel

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"The Song of Achilles: A Novel" by Madeline Miller is a heart-wrenching retelling of the Greek myth of Achilles, from the perspective of his companion and lover, Patroclus. The story spans their childhood, training in the court of King Peleus, and their journey to the Trojan War, where their love is tested against the violence and tragedy of war. Miller's beautiful prose brings to life the mythic world of ancient Greece and explores the complexities of love, identity, and destiny.

Some of the most important points of "The Song of Achilles" include:

  • A fresh retelling of the myth of Achilles, from the perspective of Patroclus, adding a new layer of depth and emotion to the story
  • An exploration of the complexities of love and relationships, as Patroclus and Achilles navigate their feelings for each other in a society that does not accept their love
  • A poignant portrayal of the brutality of war and its impact on the lives of those who fight in it
  • Miller's beautiful prose and vivid descriptions bring to life the world of ancient Greece and the gods and heroes who inhabit it
  • A powerful meditation on fate and destiny, and the ways in which they shape our lives

Book details:

  • Author: Madeline Miller
  • Publisher: Ecco
  • Pages: 416
  • Publication date: September 20, 2011
  • Genre: Historical fiction, mythological fiction
  • Awards: Orange Prize for Fiction (2012), Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy (2012)