The Song of Achilles
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The Song of Achilles


Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Title:The Song of Achilles
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

    The Song of Achilles Reviews

  • Rick Riordan
    Nov 08, 2013

    A new take on the Iliad, written by a high school classics teacher -- how could I not read this? The Song of Achilles retells the story of Greece's greatest hero from the point of view of his best fr...

  • Clau R.
    Jan 08, 2016

    Pa-tro-clus.This and this and this.HOW CAN MY HEART BE MENDED AFTER THIS!????Sólo edito esto para decirles que TIENEN QUE LEER ESTE LIBRO OMG. Favorito del año hasta ahora. Lo amo lo amo lo amo y no...

  • Whitaker
    Jul 03, 2012

    *This review is dedicated to Kelly without whose question I would not have thought so hard about why I loved this book. Miller has called this book “The Song of Achilles”. The title could refer to...

  • ?Miss A?
    Jan 28, 2016

    {BR with Anne and McKenna} Those seconds, half seconds, that the line of our gaze connected, were the only moments in my day that I felt anything at all. Oh cruel, cruel fate! I had found myself ...

  • Richard Derus
    Aug 09, 2016

    Rating: 6* of five, 2012's best read by a mile.It's National Book Lovers Day! A day to bask in the amazing power of books to inform, amuse, educate, and alter our views and viewpoints.This review can ...

  • Victoria Schwab
    Aug 07, 2015

    Epic. ...

  • Luca
    Sep 20, 2015

    Mi reacción al terminar el libro:...

  • Judith Starkston
    May 14, 2012

    Madeline Miller says the idea for her novel The Song of Achilles arose from wondering about the extremity of grief Achilles suffers when his closest friend Patroclus dies in the ancient Homeric poem t...

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ? (of badger and SNAKE)
    Dec 21, 2015

    Ô, Patroclus, what did you do to me? After having hesitated for a long time, I decided to give 4 stars to The Song of Achilles, no matter how flawed I thought it was. The reason for this is that I kn...

  • Juliana Zapata
    Dec 19, 2015

    Hermoso y desgarrador! Amo la mitología y todas sus historia, y el mito de Aquiles es uno de mis favoritos, por lo que sufrí mucho leyendo este libro, ya que al conocer la historia supones como va a...

About Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

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 she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of