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The Song of Achilles: A Novel (urspr publ 2011; utgåvan 2012)

av Madeline Miller (Författare)

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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.
Medlem:annggables
Titel:The Song of Achilles: A Novel
Författare:Madeline Miller (Författare)
Info:Ecco (2012), Edition: 37696th, 416 pages
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The Song of Achilles av Madeline Miller (2011)

  1. 140
    Penelopiaden : myten om Penelope och Odyssevs av Margaret Atwood (1morechapter)
  2. 100
    Kungen måste dö av Mary Renault (wrmjr66)
  3. 80
    Iliaden av Homer (alalba)
  4. 50
    Apollons mask : [roman] av Mary Renault (shaunie)
  5. 40
    De flickornas tystnad av Pat Barker (konallis)
    konallis: A very different view of Achilles, from the point of view of his captured prize, Briseis.
  6. 40
    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)
  7. 30
    Kirke av Madeline Miller (sturlington)
  8. 30
    Ransom av David Malouf (jbvm)
  9. 42
    Grendel av John Gardner (fugitive)
    fugitive: Another brilliantly retold classic by a modern author.
  10. 10
    Alcestis av Katharine Beutner (rarm)
  11. 10
    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
  13. 00
    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).
  14. 00
    The Love Artist av Jane Alison (jbvm)
  15. 339
    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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This was so beautiful. Highly recommended. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
A heartbreaking romantic tragedy that reads like flowing silk. ( )
  KittyCatrinCat | Aug 29, 2021 |
Princes in exile generally know they cannot expect too many great things out of life. Which is where Patroclus found himself when he was sent to the court of King Peleus. What he did not expect was to become friends with the king's son, Achilles, and forge a quick and defining bond. The two become fast friends and there is the lingering sense for Patroclus that their connection might mean something more. A sense that Achilles's mother, the sea goddess Thetis, does not appreciate at all. And Thetis makes it her mission to keep the two of them apart--for her son's own good, obviously.

But things change for everyone when Helen of Sparta is kidnapped. Princes from all around are asked to join in the fight--and Achilles cannot escape the call. Despite the danger, Patroclus must decide whether to go with Achilles into battle, knowing in his heart that they cannot live apart. And knowing that the battlefield might just be where everything about both of their lives is truly tested...

I'll be honest that I was a bit sold on this book before I even opened it up. Mythology, fantasy, romance, etc. are all things I tend to enjoy. But when I opened it up and fell into the story that Madeline Miller crafted, I was surprised at the wonderful construction of this book. Telling epic tales is not easy. It can be even more challenging when it is a story with which many readers may already have some familiarity. But Miller's narrative is fresh, engaging, and compelling. And this has quickly risen to near the top of my favorite mythology-based novels. If you haven't read it and have even a passive interest in any of its genre tags, considering picking it up at your earliest convenience! ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
***This review and more can be found on my blog Love at First Write***
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  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
Updated Review
I absolutely have no rational reason for not having read this book till now. It’s been on my TBR for more than an year, I own the book in three different formats and I knew I would love it. So, I really don’t know what was stopping me, except maybe that I didn’t want my heart to be broken. And I also recently watched the TV show Troy on Netflix, so I decided to read the book finally while some of the characters names were still fresh in my mind.

I am one of those readers who likes my books to be written in a simple way, poetic language and purple prose doesn’t really work for me and I have DNFd quite a few books for being written that way. However, this book was a pleasant surprise. The author’s writing is the definition of poetic but I fell in love with the beauty of it. The development of the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles, the tenderness and unconditional nature of their friendship and love is just so all encompassing that I felt every single emotion that they felt. While the first half deals with this progression, the second half was about the Trojan War. However, the author manages to finely balance this and provides enough action to keep us on the edge of our seats but the relationship is always at the forefront.

I frankly have no words to describe the characters. Patroclus is such a good person and after having been exiled by his father, his whole life literally revolves around Achilles. He does everything he can to ensure Achilles gets the honor and fame that he wants, whatever the consequences might be for himself and his love. I loved him right from the get go and seeing Achilles from his perspective, it’s difficult not to fall in love with him too. However, we also see the change in Achilles, how he can’t really escape his fate and how much role his own hubris plays in his downfall, but through all of it, Patroclus’s love for him never wavers and that kind of love is only possible in myths.

I am sorry everyone, I have no clue what I am writing here. I think I just don’t have words to review how much I loved this book. This book is an embodiment of knowing what the ending is but still reading the book because the journey is magical. I cried and cried towards the end and had to take a break from reading for a couple of days because I couldn’t get it out of my head. If you enjoy mythology or a great love story, then I highly recommend this one. It might be a Greek tragedy, but I promise you, the experience is worth it.

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I’m too busy weeping right now...😭😭😭😭😭
RTC when I’m able to... ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 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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Douglas, FrazerBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Saltzman, AllisonOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Thorpe, DavidBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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