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The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,347 Ratings


“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.



    By _daniel.saur_
    I have always been a fan of greek literature and adaptations from famous stories such as the illiad or the odyssey. This book is truly a divine work. Madeline Miller must be an orcale to Athena for this story is witty but also Romantic enough that Aphrodite would be proud. It was emotional, heart wrenching and made me cry like no other book before it. This book is a must read and i would recomend it to everyone!
  • so good words can’t begin to describe it

    By brallieaf123
    I usually don’t find myself crying often for books and was very skeptical about liking it. However, the characters where written so beautiful that you really felt like you knew them. The ending actually broke me, had me crying for 2 hours straight, I loved it.
  • This book broke me.

    By Lilrisssss
    It is the following day of finishing this book, and I still can not describe how broken I am. This book tore my heart into pieces, and yet I would read it all over again just to feel the same way. The author does a beautiful job of making you fall in love with how in love Achilles and Patroclus are, and also does a beautiful job of tearing apart your soul in the end. I can not give enough stars.
  • Beautiful

    By Xochipillito
    Beautifully written and moving. The Song of Achilles is by far one of the best books I’ve read. I couldn’t put it down !
  • Oh man...

    By Iza1095
    I haven’t found a book to really draw me in in a looooong time. I kept seeing this book as recommended on a lot of platforms, and have wanted to get back into reading, so I went for it. The sample made me want more so I bought it. You can not put the book down. It’s full of chaos and emotion. It’s absolutely beautiful and I was crying towards the end. I highly recommend this to all.
  • Beautifully written

    By Sturdy ant
    I really love this book and the writing style is beautiful
  • Must read

    By kdhuntington
    Best book ever.
  • Caught Off-Guard By How Much I Connected To This Book

    By chrisnglaser
    When I bought this book a year-ish ago, I had a hunch I'd enjoy it, but I was caught off-guard with the ways I would eventually connect to this story. When I started reading, I was immediately reminded of a childhood friend with whom I shared a unique bond. I think our own experiences with isolation brought us together in friendship, in a similar vein to Patroclus and Achilles. I often think about that friendship, but I hadn't much felt the emotional impact it had on me in childhood until I read how Patroclus and Achilles form their own unique bond. It is something that, as a child, affected me greatly and, come to learn, still affects me now. Even the individual character traits of Patroclus and Achilles resonated. Patroclus is measured and introspective, but passionate. I often felt like Patroclus in childhood. It wasn't until other people went out of their way to gave me a chance at meaningful friendship and when I discovered my love of music that I was able to more easily branch out and connect with those around me, in a similar way that Patroclus discovers his passion for others through helping heal and advocate for them at Troy. Achilles is prideful and skilled, but down-to-earth. When I allow myself to recognize my own abilities and qualities, I feel like Achilles. Even in his most destructive pridefulness, I can relate to times when I let pride get the better of me, too. And he keeps allowing himself to be grounded by the person that Patroclus is, in the way that I try to remain grounded by my own meager attempts to truly understand others around me. Ultimately, Patroclus and Achilles embody human qualities that all of us can find meaning in. This is a real testament to the life and emotion that Madeline Miller brought to these characters. What really struck me, though, was the purity and tenderness of the companionship and love that Patroclus and Achilles shared. They meld into a close companionship as children and the years grow that bond into an infallible romance. They never really question why, which seems to be how a lot of love stories are written. Authors tend to want to explain why people come into love, probably because of the drama that creates. That also tends to create emotional absolutes: someone does one thing and now the other can never again be with them, etc. This story just makes love so. It just is and the typical things that create relationship drama that tend to drive people apart are just not strong enough to do that here. Sure, these things create challenges for both Patroclus and Achilles, but those challenges are always overcome. All of this forms a beautiful emotional buildup that keeps reiterating how completely fortified their bond really is. That buildup created emotion that spilled from me during the last couple of chapters, and it was strong. I loved their trueness. I loved how connected to each other they remained. It played directly into my own sense of optimism about life, the world, and love. Is this, in some ways, idealistic? Yes! But how Ancient Greek! And how cool to have something make one feel so hopeful and comforted by that idealism. There is so much more about this story that just links directly to my own personal experience. I don't even know if I'll ever be able to truly express those feelings in ways that would make sense outside of my own mind. But those feelings are there and I'm really glad I was able to find that in this story.
  • Great book!

    A very hard book to put down once I started reading. In fact I’ve read it two times now.
  • This book is great

    By king of spades (•3•)
    Ive seen a lot of negative reviews and it makes me sad that people say such rude things about this book. This is one of the most Beautiful things I’ve ever read and if you don’t agree, fine. But have YOU ever written anything as good as this? Don’t be too quick to judge. And if you don’t like it that doesn’t mean you can just comment it. The comments are to support the author and maybe a little feedback. Anyways This book is gre