The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,472 Ratings

Description

“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.”
—Ann Patchett

“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.

Reviews

  • 10/10

    5
    By aaggkk98
    I truly have never read a book that has moved me like The Song of Achilles. A work of art from beginning to the most beautiful end. 10/10
  • AMAZING

    4
    By Mindy Blomssom
    It was beautiful!:)
  • Amazing

    5
    By msh875090
    Great storyline, easy read (I finished it in about 4.5 days), sad but good!
  • Amazing! Must read

    5
    By Chris13/14
    Wow! Amazing, great read!
  • love it

    5
    By alsaldan16
    i cried . this book is beautiful and amazing
  • Little misguiding title, but amazing story

    5
    By Jayce8089
    It’s more a romance than a story about how Achilles accomplishent and story, however it was brilliantly written and DEFINITELY pulled my heart strings
  • Entertaining but somewhat misguided

    3
    By Chase Wilder
    While I’m willing to admit that this novel is entertaining, it misses the target when it comes to recasting the “Iliad”. The novel is based around the story of “the Wrath of Achilles”. Achilles — who is half-god and half-human— refuses to support the Greek troops invading Troy after he is insulted by his arrogant commander-and-chief, Agamemnon. He sulks at his camp during battles while the Greek army is being destroyed. This desolation of the Greek army is supposed to remind the Greeks of his worth toward their cause. It is only after his companion, Patroclus, is killed that Achilles furiously returns to battle. What makes this book interesting is that it is narrated from the perspective of Patroclus, a character that comes and goes throughout the “Iliad.” The problem though is that there is too much of a focus on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. The novel spends so much time dedicated to developing the connection between these two characters, and seemingly much less time on the action within the war itself. Therefore the main crux of the book — the war — has much less significance. Also, while there are parts of this novel that are imaginative, creative and thoughtful, there are many moments where the writing is cringeworthy: “He seemed to swell beneath my touch, to ripen. He smelled like almonds and Earth. He pressed against me crushing my lips to wine.” Sections of this book like the quote above are terrible. It sometimes seems like your reading some sort of Greek Mythology soft-core porn. But if you can overlook that major flaw, it’s definitely entertaining. I’m just not sure that it serves justice to the classic original storyline.
  • god

    5
    By Karina Castaneda
    I am crying
  • Too good not to read

    5
    By Zacharyfrancisco
    The best book I have read in a awhile. My heart breaks that it’s over but I am so glad I read this. “This and this and this..”
  • heart broken

    5
    By isabellesha
    I don’t cry but this book made me ugly sob at one in the morning! Love the book!