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Song of Achilles (Hardcover)

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A stunning novel inspired by Homer's The Illiad told from the perspective of Patroclus about Achilles' life.

 Miller's brilliant storytelling is matched by lyrical writing that supports the mythical components of the tale, while simultaneously creating a world so real and immediate that I found myself stopping to savor her words and the images they implanted in my mind.

This book took my breath away, made me weep, and lit a fire to learn more.

— Amber

March 2012 Indie Next List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worth of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worthy of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI



Product Details
ISBN: 9781408826423
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Publication Date: September 1st, 2011