The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A Novel

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The real Achilles' heel of this book is tone -- one made disastrously worse by the author's decision to metamorphose an ancient story of heroes into a modern tale of hormones.
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Synopsis

“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.

 

About Madeline Miller

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Madeline Miller grew up in Philadelphia, has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Ecco. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Aiman.A on Jul 29 2012

I like this book. A lot. In fact, I devoured the 350 page novel in a couple of hours, so hooked I was to the plot of the story.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Sam Sacks on Mar 24 2012

Among the virtues of Ms. Miller's bold revisions is that she injects a newfound sense of suspense into a story with an ending that has already been determined.

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer on Apr 24 2013

...even with all the tragedy and death and destruction, it had an optimistic, HEA-ish ending that’s totally worth hanging out for.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Daniel Mendelsohn on Apr 29 2012

The real Achilles' heel of this book is tone -- one made disastrously worse by the author's decision to metamorphose an ancient story of heroes into a modern tale of hormones.

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