The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Published: 2011. 1. First lines. 2. Cover: Bloomsbury 3. Thetis [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 4. Hector’s wife and son [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 5. Achilles and Patroclus [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 6. Achilles and Ajax [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 7. Peleus and Thetis [Public Domain] via Wikimedia

This is a retelling of the story of Achilles from Greek mythology. In the epic poem “Iliad” by Homer written in about the 8th Century BCE, Achilles was a hero of the Trojan War.

“This is what a son should be.”

BOOK SNAPS: Although I found this to be an enjoyable story, it didn’t have the intensity I was expecting from what is essentially a Greek myth. I liked the way Achilles was portrayed as “a fully three-dimensional man – a son, a father, husband and lover. (The Guardian) As a whole, the story is “an imaginative yet informed vision of ancient Greece featuring divinely human gods and larger-than-life mortals.” (Publishers Weekly)

Quotes:


“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

“Chiron had said once that nations were the most foolish of mortal inventions. “No man is worth more than another, wherever he is from.”

“Name one hero who was happy.”

Also published by Harper Collins


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