{read online books} The Song of Achilles (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Madeline Miller, David Thorpe, Isis Publishing Ltd: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Madeline Miller – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing As they grow into young men, their bond blossoms into something far deeper despite the displeasure of Achilles s mother When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned

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  1. Theo Theo says:

    I m going to assume that you re familiar with the Iliad because it s been out a while, so, Spoilers, I guess The Song of Achilles is a retelling, one which takes the myth and runs with it Here Achilles really is the son of a sea nymph, he is trained by a centaur, and gods play their part in the lives of man.I used to know my Classics a lot better that I do now Roger Lancelyn Green s books were a staple of my childhood library so this was a book which unfolded for me I remembered each plot point as we hit it, so I m entirely the wrong person to ask if it makes any logical sense It probably doesn t It certainly could have done a better job of selling ancient motivations to a modern audience.The story is told by Patroclus, a prince and, when he begins this story, unlikely candidate for Helen s hand in marriage I am super here for a room full of men deciding what will happen to a teenage girl, as you can imagine This is a male story, though, and Miller doesn t attempt to change that.However, when Patroclus inadvertently kills another boy, he is exiled to the court of Peleus where he falls swooningly in love with Mary Sue Achilles, who s super perfect at everything as one expects from a demi god Thetis, Achilles mother, really hates Patroclus The boys go off to learn things on a mountain They are swoonily swoony They come back Thetis hates Patroclus Then she hides Achilles because she doesn t want him to go to Troy as he will be killed.Once the war actually begins, a good half way through the book, things improve, in part because there s actually things happening There is air of inexorability to the whole thing which really gets into its stride in the last third as we make the drive towards what is fated to happen and we re no longer reading rambling scenes about how swoony teenage Achilles is.When Miller hits the predetermined narrative events, she s good When she s making her own way between, she s less good.For a book which treats the gods as real, there s an awful lot of something s happening because the gods are displeased conversations, followed by here s the solution to that conversations Obviously there s no one correct version of many of the myths, but sometimes Miller takes the path of most boredom, such as the demand for the sacrifice of Iphigenia Apollo s appearance on the walls of Troy especially charmed me, so the omission of the gods involvement in other ways, even as a background, felt disappointing.I am also critical of the characterisation Odysseus is great, true, but everybody else Eh.Achilles lives his whole life chained to the prophecies made about him, but whatever this does to him remains unexplored He s just some guy Admittedly one who is super good at everything and jolly good looking And when we re reading the narrative of a boy, then man, who is in love with him, I d really have preferred to grasp the appeal.Thetis is especially poorly done Like her son she is chained to the pronouncements of the Fates, but here she is a pure JustNoMil She s such a central figure in the original myth the Trojan war begins because of a prophecy made about her the son of Thetis will be greater than his father, hence marriage to Peleus, hence somebody not doing the invitations right, hence golden apple etc etc etcI was also unreasonably annoyed that Miller chooses to not use the one thing everybody knows about our demi god that he really should have invested in some foot armour Google assures me Homer doesn t include the story of Thetis s attempt to make her son invulnerable and immortal, but Homer doesn t include Achilles death, either Or the romantic relationship between him and Patroclus It felt like a massive oversight rather than a deliberate decision.The beginning was interesting if not grippy Then it got a bit dull Then a bit duller Then, by the end, it was very good indeed I don t rule out reading Circe, Miller s second full length novel, but I could just as easily not Overall 3 stars

  2. E E says:

    A very short review, I m afraid Not worthy of this book.Does this count as historical, or mythological, or pure fantasy Don t care brilliant, brilliant book It was positively painful to read it if I m honest but I couldn t put it down One of those books that I felt a true and consuming sense of loss for a few days after reading it Recommended to EVERYONE.

  3. H J Mac H J Mac says:

    OMG, I held my breath for the second half of this book My memory of the events was enough to know what had to happen, but that simply doesn t spoil a thing.She s managed to take everything we know of the story from the existing texts and build a world that is thoroughly absorbing and beautiful It s a story of epic soul binding love, so beautifully rendered.I really enjoyed how there was no modern lens put onto the story She just tells it Ideas and concepts that mean something to us would have been meaningless to the ancients, and behaviours we find unacceptable were normal So some bits are difficult, there s human sacrifice, and slavery including sexual slavery, but nothing is gratuitous or too graphic.Just read it it s beautiful.

  4. Phyllis May Phyllis May says:

    This is one of my favourite books of all time I ve actually got quite a few copies and just purchased the new classic cover release because it s beautiful This story is a re telling and very readable version of a classic myth from the Illiad Miller s prose breathes life and very relatable romance into this myth in a way that will grip you I d highly recommend it to anyone who loves greek myths, to people studying classics and to people who ever wondered how long men have been loving men Its a real work of art and one that s so easy to read again and again It s also a great time to re read miller because she s about to release her second book FINALLY Also Miller knows what she s talking about and her work is heavily researched and intelligent so for all those hoping it s not a sloppy mistelling of a Greek myth it s absolutely not I wish i could read it for the first time again.

  5. Trish Pea Trish Pea says:

    I didn t choose to read this book It was chosen for me as a book club read I don t like books about mythology school in the 1960s put me off for life Or ancient history, or wars in any period of history, apart from maybe the two world wars So, I bought this book with trepidation, not knowing what to expect I didn t quite believe all the good reviews, and thought I would hate it.I actually loved it This is a beautifully written, very descriptive book It was easy to read, and a real page turner I felt that I learned a lot about ancient Greece and the Trojan war I can t fully remember the story of Achilles from school it has been erased from my memory, along with Jason and the Argonauts, and the Minotaur but I loved this re telling and couldn t put the book down The simple, striking cover is beautiful too and I would thoroughly recommend this book A wonderful read.

  6. Przemek EU Przemek EU says:

    So far, it s the best book, I ve read this year I didn t know what to expect and I was very positively surprised First I ve read on Kindle together with a very good narration from Audible Now I got a paper version too.

  7. Mrs Janet Pasons Mrs Janet Pasons says:

    Really interesting story telling using Greek mythology as a basis for the story This is basically the imagined love story between Patroclus and Achilles using myth as the basis Moves at a pace throughout and the detail shows vivid descriptive powers and imagination..

  8. entrecielos.co Customer entrecielos.co Customer says:

    I couldn t put this book down once I d started Madeline Miller obviously has a great love for classics and her retelling wasn t a disappointment, she managed to make me anxious, excited and sad even though I already knew what was coming I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who is interested in the lead up to the Trojan war, or somebody who wants to try out historical fiction for the first time The book arrived earlier than expected, and in perfect condition would definitely buy again

  9. Eric Danklefsen Eric Danklefsen says:

    I have never read the Iliad, and I thought it might be fun to delve into a modern treatment of the story This book had so many great reviews that it seemed worth buying However, I stopped reading the novel when I was about 30% of the way through By this time it became clear that the author was going to make the romance between Patroclus and Achilles the centerpiece of the book For instance as teens, Achilles and Patroclus spend two or three years in the wilderness with a centaur who is supposed to be instructing Achilles in the art of war except he doesn t Patroclus is not supposed to be in the wilderness with them, but he tags along anyway This means that Patroclus himself has the opportunity to learn the art of war from this great centaur who taught Heracles how to fight, but Patroclus doesn t either It appears that the only reason these two were with centaur in the wilderness for a couple years was to allow the author to crate a bucolic love nest for the boys And for unexplained reasons, Achilles mother, Thetis, seems to have always hated Patroclus Again from a Romance novel point of view, her intense animosity seems to exist only to create a forbidden love situation between Patroclus and Achilles It all seemed so contrived.