The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that...

Details The Song of Achilles

TitleThe Song of Achilles
Release DateSep 20th, 2011
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, LGBT, Romance

Reviews The Song of Achilles

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”We were like gods, at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”This book!!! Gosh I loved this book!!! The moment I read the first page I was already certain of two things:1.) This would become one of my all-time favourites and I’d gush about it like crazy.2.) It wouldn’t only leave me devastated and heartbroken but also sobbing like a little child. Well, both of those things came true,...
  • Rick Riordan
    A new take on the Iliad, written by a high school classics teacher -- how could I not read this? The Song of Achilles retells the story of Greece's greatest hero from the point of view of his best friend Patroclus. The big twist: Madeline Miller casts the story as a romance between Achilles and Patroclus. While staying true to Greek legends and the works of Homer, Miller creatively and convincingly fills in the blanks, giving Patroclus a back sto...
  • Lola
    I feel so much. And perhaps my emotions are not my own this time? Madeline Miller for sure implanted them deep inside of me, without my consent, and now I'm urging her to withdraw them, or I will not be able to sleep through the night.It took me a month to read this book, as I needed to take multiple breaks during the experience that is ‘‘The Song of Achilles.’’ I was about to curse the lyricism for welling too many emotions inside my bod...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Madeline Miller did what the movie producers of the film Troy (2004) were too cowardly to do; she stayed true to the homosexuality of Homer’s Iliad rather than writing a censored version of the story which stank of homophobia. Achilles and Patroclus were passionately in love, which resulted in their respective destructions. They were not cousins or man at arms, but soul mates. The watering down of this in the film Troy was an insult to the LGB...
  • Navessa
    "Achilles. Who was he if not miraculous, and radiant? Who was he if not destined for fame?" Reading this is like reading Romeo and Juliet. We all know the story. We all know the outcome. We all know that our desperate prayers for someone, anyone to step in and save these characters from themselves will fall on deaf ears. Gods. What a bloody trainwreck. Even though I knew how it was going to end, I was not prepared for how much I cared.This is the...
  • jessica
    ‘we were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.’ i must be a masochist because i can think of no other reason to endure the emotional and stunning pain of this story for a second time. but here i am. crying for my sweet, sweet patroclus. the best of men. the best of the myrmidons.
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”He was a marvel, shaft after shaft flying from him, spears that he wrenched easily from broken bodies on the ground to toss at new targets. Again and again I saw his wrist twist, exposing its pale underside, those flute-like bones thrusting elegantly forward. My spear sagged forgotten to the ground as I watched. I could not even see the ugliness of the deaths anymore, the brains, the shattered bones that later I would wash from my skin and hai...
  • megs_bookrack
    This story took me completely by surprise. It is breathtakingly beautiful.I knew nothing about it going in besides the fact that it is based off events in Homer's, The Illiad. Despite the fact that I took 4-years of Latin in high school, I couldn't tell you the first thing about The Illiad any more.I was completely floored by the absolute beauty of this story. The center of the tale is the love between Achilles and Patroclus. I am not a romance r...
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Lia
    ACHILLES, it reads. And beside it, PATROCLUS. Can anyone please call my boss and let her know I may not go to work for a week or so? I need time to recover from this book that m u r d e r e d me. No kidding, here. I think getting a Brazilian wax wouldn't have hurt this much.I'm an ugly sobbing mess, running nose and hair pulling included. Wow. What a-wow! I have no words. I can't remember the last time a book made me weep so much. This is the ki...
  • Will Byrnes
    I feel a bit silly doing this, but I have put a spoiler alert on this review, just in case there are folks out there who might not be versed in the classics. In a nutshell, Boy meet demi-god. Boy gets demi-god. Boy loses demi-god. Wait, demi-god loses boy, goes a bit funny in the head and behaves badly. Greece loses demi-god, the happy couple wind up sharing an afterlife. Madeline Miller - image from her siteYou might want to dust off your Iliad,...
  • Whitaker
    *This review is dedicated to Kelly without whose question I would not have thought so hard about why I loved this book. Miller has called this book “The Song of Achilles”. The title could refer to a song sung by Achilles. It could also refer to a song sung about Achilles. This double meaning is significant as the book retells the story of the Illiad but with a very different focus. The title is significant too because it deliberately recalls ...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    “We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.” way back I said there was a review of this beautiful book to come and I never did it. So now it's June and finally, finally I am ready to review this book. deidamia: marry me ach-achilles: in case you haven’t noticed, i’m gay. i’m gay as fuck. i don’t like girls and i don’t want to... like girls. have you ever seen me ...
  • Melanie
    “In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood, like a hundred golden urns pouring out the sun.” I read The Song of Achilles many years ago, before I got into book reviewing, but it always bothered me that I didn’t have a proper review for this beautiful book. I was a little apprehensive about rereading it, because I wasn’t sure if it would hold up and impact me the...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “Why would I kill Hector? What has Hector ever done to me?” Fun Fact of the Day: I was in a Latin class my freshman year where the teacher mentioned how gay Achilles was every single sentence. She could not bring up these two without mentioning that they were believed to be in a romantic relationship. That's honestly at least half the reason I picked this book up, so thanks, Magistra Vasquez, for being so extra. Can't wait to have you agai...
  • Annet
    I will wait for you among the shades… ..Just finished the last pages. As said to a good Goodreads friend here earlier today: Beautiful, brutal, raw, mythical, extraordinary and heartbreaking. How can I not give five stars?!The fifth star did come in the last part of the book, which I loved. The final pages surprised me, emotional. This type of book is not immediately my genre, but after reading Circe, I find myself intrigued by Greek mythology ...
  • Sabrina
    “ACHILLES, it reads. And beside it, PATROCLUS” “IN THE DARKNESS, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun” This book was just utterly heartbreaking and breathtakingly beautiful. I’m in love with every aspect of it.The end, the end broke me💔! In the best and worst way possible.BR with Khadidja (sorry, I just couldn't wait, h...
  • Thomas
    We despise spoilers. We avoid them at all costs, cover them with spoiler tags, and castigate those who share them. But a great book is one that we can appreciate even when we already know the ending. That's how it was with The Song of Achilles: I knew the fates of the characters beforehand, but no matter how much I tried to brace myself, the last few chapters still broke my heart in the best possible way.What had Deidameia thought would happen, I...
  • Aqsa (On Hiatus)
    RTCJust finished this masterpiece and I don't think I wanna think about anything else for a long while. I wanna drown and drown in it over and over again. I'll never forget this book. Never.Listening to these 3 continuously now.
  • Brittany
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! Heading their story and the trust they had in each other is something I’ll never forget. They were truly inevitable. The plot itself is flawless, easily going from childhood to the end. The friendship was beautiful, and when more cams: that was better. The tragedy was heart wrenching, and the last chapter of the book was hard to read, but I’m so happy with the way it ended. I like that Miller didn’t stick entirely to the ...
  • Lily ☁️
    “When I die, bury my ashes with this book.”—every person who finished reading The Song of Achilles, ever. “IN THE DARKNESS, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.” Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter
  • may ➹
    imagine being me and rereading this and having no care for my own emotions and wondering why I’m crying at 2 am(I already want to reread it again)
  • Raeleen Lemay
    *2.5*DON'T HATE ME. I know I'm in the minority here, but this book really wasn't my jam. I think when it comes to ancient history and mythology like this, I prefer to see it rather than read it. I found the plot to be way too dry and dull, at least for the last 2/3 of the book. I really enjoyed the beginning! I loved reading about the childhood years of the boys, and their friendship and romance that blossomed. Oddly enough, I was hoping there wo...
  • Caz (littlebookowl)
    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Lucy Langford
    5*****"Pride became us- heroes were never modest."Patroclus, an awkward and shy young prince, is exiled from his family due to a misfortunate incident and is sent to the court of King Peleus, where his perfect son Achilles resides. Patroclus and Achilles are very different; Patroclus is shy, alone and an onlooker to others activities, whereas Achilles is confident and destined for greatness. Despite these differences, Achilles befriends the shame...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 6* of five, 2012's best read by a mile.It's National Book Lovers Day! A day to bask in the amazing power of books to inform, amuse, educate, and alter our views and viewpoints.This review can now be seen at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud!And how wonderful it is.
  • Charlotte May
    “We were like gods, at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.” The hype was real with this one guys! This book was wonderful. Heartbreaking yet powerful. Violent yet with some of the softest hearts. I’ve read The Iliad. I studied Classics at University. I know the story of Achilles and the Trojan War like the back of my hand. But that didn’t stop me from being entirely swept away by th...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    rep: mlm couple"i feel like i could eat the world raw" vs. "i will kill u & eat u raw"(but actually, the only thing that was eaten raw was my heart) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Reads Rainbow
  • Hamad
    I am fine, I am fine :((