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The Song of Achilles (2011)

av Madeline Miller

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5,9213591,316 (4.18)4 / 910
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War.
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    Penelopiaden : myten om Penelope och Odyssevs av Margaret Atwood (1morechapter)
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    Kungen måste dö av Mary Renault (wrmjr66)
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    Iliaden av Homer (alalba)
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    De flickornas tystnad av Pat Barker (konallis)
    konallis: A very different view of Achilles, from the point of view of his captured prize, Briseis.
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    Apollons mask : [roman] av Mary Renault (shaunie)
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    Alexander min härskare av Mary Renault (emanate28)
    emanate28: Maybe they are too similar... But both The Persian Boy and The Song of Achilles are heartbreaking and beautiful stories of legendary heroes told from the perspective of their devoted boy lovers. The ancient heroes come alive and one is transported back into those times.… (mer)
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    Ransom av David Malouf (jbvm)
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    Kirke av Madeline Miller (sturlington)
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    Grendel av John Gardner (fugitive)
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    Alcestis av Katharine Beutner (rarm)
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    An Arrow's Flight: A Novel av Mark Merlis (marq)
    marq: Mark Merlis also takes up the story of Pyrrhus (or Neoptolemus), Achilles’ son with Deidamia when he was in disguise as a woman on Scyros. A very different kind of novel, steampunk, wild anachronism, graphically homoerotic, brilliant.
  12. 10
    The Secret Chord av Geraldine Brooks (novelcommentary)
    novelcommentary: Similar narrative idea
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    Lavinia av Ursula K. Le Guin (knhaydon)
    knhaydon: Modern retelling of a classical myth, narrated by a character with a less central part in the original source text(s).
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    The Love Artist av Jane Alison (jbvm)
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    The Hostage av Kathryn Berck (quartzite)
    quartzite: Set in Bronze Age Greece about descendants of Hercules seeking to reclaim their patrimony.
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    Om jag kunde drömma av Stephenie Meyer (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: Because Song of Achilles is Homer's Illiad as a Twilight novel. Sorry.
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Compelling re-imagining of a well-loved story. ( )
  shmerica | Dec 6, 2021 |
I had read's novel Circe and enjoyed that very much. I have been waiting to read this book and enjoyed it for its creativity and the quality of the writing but it did not engage me as much as Circe. In this book the focus is on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus and is giving a back story to the Achilles in the Iiad. It should be remembered that the Iliad is Greek mythical tale so that Miler's book is her take on this "tale". I know that it was important for Miller to develop the history of the relationship between the 2 which would be that of lovers, but I had problems with the relationship. I probably would not have read the book based on the subject matter had I not read and enjoyed "Circe" but then I enjoyed the Odyssey more than the Ilad. It you are interested in Greek Mythology than you may want to read this but I would suggest Circe to be read first. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Nov 26, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this. I like how Miller has an ear for describing things and attention to detail, the color of sand, the sound of someone’s voice, how one sounds when learning a new language, and more.
And I listened to this and I think that added to my experience. Excellent reading by Frazer Douglas. (Libby) ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
I read this book cold, with no idea really what it was about, or how it had been critically received. I found it interesting, but it had a fairly cringy bodice-ripper-meets-young-adult-fiction vibe.

From the outset it's clear that this is to be a love story, but the shy, closeted nature of the beginnings of their relationship seems like anachronistic vision of how 20th century gay teens might have experienced young love. I'm no expert on ancient Greece, but my impression is that a homosexual love affair would have been much less taboo than Miller portrays it. The fact that she draws out the consummation so long is a strange choice, and makes the whole thing feel strangely prurient. It would have been a much more interesting choice if she had treated their physical attraction as more urgent and innocent, with their abiding love developing as they matured. The way she delayed their acceptance of mutual attraction well beyond the point of believability, and then graphically described them having sex in lurid voyeuristic detail was unnecessarily awkward.

Upon finishing I searched for reviews, and the first one I read was from around the time of publication. Basically I agree with everything in the NYT review by Daniel Mendelsohn: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/books/review/the-song-of-achilles-by-madeline...

One of Mendelsohn's main critiques is that, "The [cringy] problem reaches crisis proportions in the handling of the “love affair,” which begins with an embarrassing breathlessness (“My chest trilled with something I could not quite name”) and climaxes — sorry! — in the long-awaited and, it must be said, cringe-inducing consummation: “He seemed to swell beneath my touch, to ripen. He smelled like almonds and earth. He pressed against me, crushing my lips to wine. He went still as I took him in my hand, soft as the delicate velvet of petals. . . . Our bodies cupped each other like hands.”

Why is this so awful? Partly it’s the swoony soft-porn prose, but in the end it’s something much more significant, something that gets to the heart of why Miller’s book doesn’t swell or ripen into a meaningful engagement with the ancient literary tradition, as any serious attempt to appropriate the classics must."

Mendelsohn tells us that Mary Renault once wrote, “If characters have come to life, one should know how they will make love; if not it doesn’t matter. Inch-by-inch physical descriptions are the ketchup of the literary cuisine, only required by the insipid dish or by the diner without a palate.”

He admits there are exceptions to this, but in the case of Song of Achilles, it's an apt zinger. ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
Very good. My only complaint is that the bit about Achilles ancle and the river styx were not mentioned. ( )
  Kat_books | Nov 9, 2021 |
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That The Song of Achilles offers a different take on the epic story of Achilles and the Trojan War is not, in itself, anything particularly out of the ordinary. People have been putting their own spins on The Iliad from the instant Homer finished reciting it. What's startling about this sharply written, cleverly re-imagined, enormously promising debut novel from Madeline Miller is how fresh and moving her take on the tale is — how she has managed to bring Achilles and his companion Patroclus to life in our time without removing them from their own.
tillagd av Shortride | ändraUSA Today, Robert Bianco (Mar 12, 2012)
 
But in the case of Miller, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in classics at Brown, the epic reach exceeds her technical grasp. The result is a book that has the head of a young adult novel, the body of the “Iliad” and the hindquarters of Barbara Cartland.
 

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