The Song of Achilles pdf, Book, Summary, by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles pdf Book Summary – By Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles pdf Book is a 2011 novel by American writer Madeline Miller tells the tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart.

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The Song of Achilles pdf book 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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According to Donna Tartt of  The Times, The Song of Achilles pdf book is  A captivating retelling of The Iliad and events leading up to it through the point of view of Patroclus: it’s a hard book to put down, and any classicist will be enthralled by her characterization of the goddess Thetis, which carries the true savagery and chill of antiquity.

About The Song of Achilles pdf book Author – Madeline Miller

madeline miller author of the song of Achilles
Madeline miller author of the song of Achilles

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. For the last ten years Madeline Miller has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students.

Madeline Miller also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She currently lives near Philadelphia, PA. The Song of Achilles is her first novel. Her second novel, Circe published in April 2018.

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The Song of Achilles pdf book Information

The Book The sing of Achilles has the details below

The song of Achilles pdf book
The song of Achilles pdf book
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ecco; 37696th edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062060627
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062060624
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.96 x 5.38 x 7.82 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1 in LGBTQ+ Literature & Fiction (Books)
  • #5 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Books)
  • #6 in Classic American Literature
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars    48,719 ratings

The Song of Achilles pdf book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fast, true and incredibly rewarding…A remarkable achievement.” — USA Today

“Wildly romantic [and] surprisingly suspenseful….[B]ringing those dark figures back to life, making them men again, and while she’s at it, us[ing] her passionate companion piece to The Iliad as a subtle swipe at today’s ongoing debate over gay marriage. Talk about updating the classics.” — Time magazine

“One of the best novelistic adaptations of Homer in recent memory, and it offers strikingly well-rounded and compassionate portrait of Achilles….[Miller] injects a newfound sense of suspense into a story with an ending that has already been determined.” — Wall Street Journal

“Powerful, inventive, passionate, and beautifully written. ” — Boston Globe

“Beautifully done. . ..In prose as clean and spare as the driving poetry of Homer, Miller captures the intensity and devotion of adolescent friendship and lets us believe in these long-dead boys…deepening and enriching a tale that has been told for 3,000 years.” — Washington Post

“One of 2012’s most exciting debuts…seductive, hugely entertaining….[I]magining the intimate friendship between Achilles and the devoted Patroclus…Miller conjures…soulmates. The resulting novel is cinematic―one might say epic―in scope, but refreshingly, compellingly human in detail.” — Vogue

“You don’t need to be familiar with Homer’s The Iliad (or Brad Pitt’s Troy, for that matter) to find Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles spellbinding….her explorations of ego, grief, and love’s many permutations are both familiar and new….[A] timeless love story.” — O magazine

“Madeline Miller’s brilliant first novel…is a story of great, passionate love between Achilles and Patroclus….[R]ewriting the Western world’s first and greatest war novel is an awesome task to undertake. That she did it with such grace, style and suspense is astonishing.” — Dallas Morning News

“The Song of Achilles…should be read and enjoyed for itself, but if Madeline Miller’s novel sends the reader back to Homer and his successors, she is to be thanked for that as well.” — Washington Independent Review of Books

“A psychologically astute Iliad prelude featuring the heady, star-crossed adolescence of future heroes Patroclus and Achilles.” — Vogue

“[Miller] makes a persuasive argument for the timeliness of her subject. …Miller’s winning debut focuses on Patroclus, a young prince living in Achilles’ golden shadow. Miller also gives voice to many of the women who were also consigned to the shadows.” — Publishers Weekly, Spring 2012 Preview, Top 10 Literary Fiction

“Masterfully brings to life an imaginative yet informed vision of ancient Greece featuring divinely human gods and larger-than-life mortals. She breaks new ground retelling one of the world’s oldest stories about men in love and war [and] extraordinary women.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review), Pick of the Week

“A masterly vision of the drama, valor, and tragedy of the Trojan War. Readers who loved Mary Renault’s epic novels will be thrilled with Miller’s portrayal of ancient Greece. This reviewer can’t wait to see what she writes next.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“A captivating retelling of THE ILIAD and events leading up to it through the point of view of Patroclus: it’s a hard book to put down, and any classicist will be enthralled by her characterisation of the goddess Thetis, which carries the true savagery and chill of antiquity.” — Donna Tartt, THE TIMES

“A modern take on The Iliad, full of love and feats of glory and told in an open, lyric, loose-limbed fashion that should appeal to many readers…. Next up from Miller―the story of Circe…historical fiction fans, get in on the ground floor.” — Library Journal

“I loved this book. The language was timeless, the historical details were slipped in perfectly. I hope SONG OF ACHILLES becomes part of the high school summer reading lists alongside PENELOPIAD.” — Helen Simonson, bestselling author of MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND

“Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories.” — Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of ROOM

“At once a scholar’s homage to THE ILIAD and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down.” — Ann Patchett, bestselling author of BEL CANTO and STATE OF WONDER

“Although the details of the story are Miller’s own, the world is one that all who love the Iliad and its epigones will recognize. Reading this book recalled me to the breathless sense of the ancient-yet-present that I felt when I first fell in love with the classics.” — Catherine Conybeare, Professor of Classics, Bryn Mawr College

“THE ILIAD turns on Achilles’ pride and his relationship with Patroclus, but Homer is sparing with the personal―so much so that, though we believe in their friendship, we do not understand it. THE SONG OF ACHILLES brings light to their love. This is a beautiful book.” — Zachary Mason, author of THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY

“Miller somehow (and breathtakingly so) mixes high-action commercial plotting with writing of such beautiful delicacy you sometimes have to stop and stare.” — The Independent

“Miller’s prose is more poetic than almost any translation of Homer… This is a deeply affecting version of the Achilles story: a fully three-dimension man – a son, a father, husband and lover – now exists where a superhero previously stood and fought.” — The Guardian

“In the tradition of Mary Renault… Miller draws on her knowledge of classical sources wisely… Well-paced, engaging and tasteful.” — London Times Literary Supplement

“Extraordinary… Beautifully descriptive and heartachingly lyrical, this is a love story as sensitive and intuitive as any you will find.” — Daily Mail

Reviews from Amazon Buyers


5.0 out of 5 stars I don’t cry over books but, I sobbed with this one.
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017

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Starting this book I was at a strong 3.5 stars, then it bumped up to 4, and then the end had me in such a mess that it suddenly became 5. A miracle this is.

The story and plot revolves around the Trojan war and the moments before and after where Patroclus meets Achilles and laters waits for him. The flow is actually quite gentle, even during the war fighting. I had expected more action and heart racing moments, and that is maybe why I did not rush into a higher rating.

However, even though I had a feeling of who and the knowledge of death, I was still struck hard. It did not come on suddenly, no. It crept slowly, clung to my heart and then watered in my eyes. It was the reaction to death that got me.

The end is beautiful and sweet. It brings together the readers and the characters who are in pain and comforts us and makes us allies.

The writing is also wonderful. It’s poetic and lovely at times. Of course if you do not like things being compared to unrelated things, such as the plumpness of lips to that of a bee, then you will disagree with me here. Regardless, this is the writing style I most adore in moderation and thus have loved this book.

Tom E

5.0 out of 5 stars A Tragic but Great Retelling of a Classic Story
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2018

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First, understand that this is a tale of “What if Achilles and Patroclus were more than just close comrades?” If you can’t get on board with that already, this is not the book for you. At its core, it is a romance story between two men in a familiar setting most of us are well acquainted with.

The classic tale of the Iliad aside, I loved this story. I loved reading this as a “what if this happened with these two young men” type of story especially because it isn’t entirely unbelievable considering in those times, relations between men were common enough in their younger years that it wasn’t a huge offense. I was happy for the story to be told in the point of view of Patroclus instead of Achilles, as it made it more interesting for us to see through the eyes of the normal guy who is friends with the one who has the big destiny. It also doesn’t dwell too much on the “oh do I like him more than a friend?” “Is this normal to like another man?” cliches that plague homosexual romances in books. It lets us see the actual relationship for a majority of the book instead of just the build-up to it which makes the ending all the more harder.

Those who know the story of the Iliad know it will be a tragic story, but it’s still a phenomenal ride alongside the two lovers and when the ending strikes you it becomes heartbreaking. I was almost crying reading the final pages but also smiling and keeping hopeful that it would end at least on a somewhat lighter note.

This is one of my favorite reads now and I cannot wait to read more by this author and hope the others are just as intriguing as this one was.

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