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The song of Achilles

The song of Achilles

Miller, Madeline

This is a breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War - a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart. Originally published: 2011

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Bloomsbury, 2012
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Madeline Miller
ISBN: 1408821982, 9781408821985
Physical Description: 352p ; 200x130mm. : 346gm.
Subject: Male friendship Fiction.; Achilles (Greek mythology) Fiction.; Trojan War Fiction.

Author note

Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has taught both for over a decade. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. It has been translated into twenty-three languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian and Wall Street Journal. She currently lives in Narberth, MA, where she is working on her second novel.

Reviews

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
The Times Christmas Books||I loved it
J.K. Rowling||Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories
Emma Donoghue, author of number one bestseller, Room||Original, clever, and in a class of its own ... an incredibly compelling and seductive read
Independent on Sunday||A remarkably fresh take on one of the most familiar narratives in western literature
The Times||Extraordinary ... Beautifully descriptive and heart-achingly lyrical, this is a love story as sensitive and intuitive as any you will find
Daily Mail||Sexy, dangerous, mystical
Bettany Hughes||If I were to give a prize for the best work of fiction I've read this year, this would be the runaway winner. As a first novel, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent
A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest||Inventive, passionate, uplifting and different. It will appeal to all ages. It's a book which despite some of the stiffest competition in the modern world is a truly worthy winner
Joanna Trollope, chair of the judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012