The Song of Achilles Author:Madeline Miller The legend begins... — Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patrocl... more »us is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.
When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.« less
I finished this book a few hours ago and I can't stop thinking about it. Its a gift the author has given us, perhaps a gift from the gods themselves.
TIME magazine said, Wildly romantic [and] surprisingly suspenseful....[B]ringing those dark figures back to life, making them men again, and while shes at it, us[ing] her passionate companion piece to The Iliad as a subtle swipe at todays ongoing debate over gay marriage. Talk about updating the classics. I couldn't agree more. I've read at least a dozen books in the past six weeks and this is by far the best. I don't usually read a book twice, but I will read this one again. The last chapter will stay with you for long time, if it doesn't make you weep then the gods/goddesses must not have given you a heart.