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The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not - strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess - and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus 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.Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
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Daraghkelly
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“This, this and this.”

Beautiful, beautiful book.

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AileenRR
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It was hard to keep track of who‘s who when just listening, so I had to look up a character list on line and listen twice. Loved it.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Love, Fate, War, Death. The trigger warnings and spoilers for this tale have been around for about the last couple thousand years, but this has got to be THE best fanfiction I've ever read. Those who haven't read good fanfic probably don't see this as a compliment. Retelling is another way to put it. As someone who studied the Iliad, I truly loved it. Patroclus' perspective makes all the difference. Madeline Miller: welcome to destroy me anytime.

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War is tragedy, but say it poetically....

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"The never-ending ache of love and sorrow."

Ugh, the feeeeeeels! ?❤️‍?

Even having studied the Iliad, knowing where this story goes, I remain SHOOK by how the writing gets to me. So, so well told. Patroclus as the narrator: ??.

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TrishB
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C got this lovely set for her birthday today ♥️📚she‘s got a few versions of these!

eeclayton So pretty 😍 2w
Scochrane26 Those are so cool 2w
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Bookwomble They're lovely 💞📚 2w
AmyG Ooooo…beautiful. 2w
MaureenMc 🤩 2w
squirrelbrain Gorgeous! Happy Birthday to C! 🥰 2w
LeahBergen Pretty! 2w
julesG Happy Birthday, C! 🎉🎂📚 2w
TrishB @squirrelbrain @julesG thank you 😁🥂 2w
CarolynM Nice haul C! Hope she had a happy day🎂 2w
TrishB @CarolynM thanks Carolyn- we had a quiet day yesterday but it‘s full on family party day tomorrow!! 2w
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perfectlywinged
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So far this book is perfect. I could read about Achilles and Patroclus running around on sandy beaches and eating figs and herbed cheese forever.

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Madelpadel
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"You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that won't change its nature."

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Oh my, my heart😢


“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.”

- 5⭐️

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SassyPants617
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Starting this now. A selection for a buddy read with one of my friends!

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Evita
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3 out of 5. It was good but I preferred Circe which I felt was more mature than song of Achilles.

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canbku
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How can you not love this book? It was lyrical and heartfelt. The yearning and pain that Patroclus described felt so real, it burned!

AmyG Have you read Circe? I loved it wven more. (edited) 2mo
sprainedbrain This is one my favorite books ever. I love it so much. ❤️ 2mo
canbku @AmyG yes! I actually read that one first! So different and still the same beautiful writing! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Definitely one of my favourite books too. 2mo
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As someone who has only a passing familiarity of Greek mythology, I came into this book with a blind spot as to the basis of this novel. I was worried I would not be able to follow the story. Miller's take on the Achilles legend was wonderful. The love story of Achilles and Patroclus is tender and will pull you right in. I also loved that this book was written from Patroclus' perspective. The ending of this book is definitely Kleenex worthy!

sprainedbrain One of my favorite books ever. ❤️ 2mo
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Sara_Planz
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I cannot believe I have not made time to read this yet. Starting it today!!

5feet.of.fury 💕 loved this one 💕 great photo! 2mo
Soubhiville I also loved this one. 2mo
LoverOfLearning Brilliant and perfectly written book! 2mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I knew almost nothing about Achilles going into the book and now I want to read more about Greek mythology!

HeatherBookNerd Circe is brilliant! 2mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @HeatherBookNerd that one's on my TBR! Thank you! 2mo
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mjtwo
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15-27 Apr 22 (audiobook)
A retelling of the myth of Achilles from the perspective of his lover, Patroclus.
I am obviously partial to Greek mythology and this was an entertaining book to listen to that was well-written. I did appreciate that this text was more faithful to Homer‘s Iliad in portraying the love between Achilles and Patroclus than the film Troy was. But I did continue to picture Brad Pitt as Achilles nevertheless.

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IndieNorth
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Had to see what the fuss was about, was not disappointed.

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Questo libro è un capolavoro. Il fatto che la storia sia dal punto di vista di Patroclo anche dopo la morte è fantastico. Non nego che alla morte di alcuni personaggi ho pianto 😭.

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lumbricuslibri
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I don't like the helmet cover.

I wanted the UK ed (with the heart bow & arrow cover) but got the US one instead. The shop I ordered it from ran out of it but didn't tell me.

So I looked for alternatives without buying another copy. Found this dust jacket designed by a local (PH) artist. Sigh, so beautiful. 🫶

lumbricuslibri It's from https://theliteraryculture.com/, if anyone's interested. 2mo
StaceGhost That‘s so cool! I love a good cover— especially/even when covering a cover! 2mo
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TheBookDream
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Guess I ought to start this since book club is only a couple weeks away. Hard because I keep stopping to read #OFMD fanfic and doing schoolwork 🤣

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michellelav
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What an amaaaazing book! It was so good at pulling at my heart strings ♥️ I‘ve always loved Greek mythology, I even took it as an elective in uni 😁🤓 Highly recommend if you‘re also a fan! I‘m so excited to start Circe, which I have on my bookshelf.🥰

AvidReader25 I adore this one and Circe is incredible too! 3mo
perfectsinner This made me ugly cry so hard. I liked it better than Circe (but read it after.) I'm really into mythology lately so lmk if you need some recs! Currently finishing up Troy by Stephen Fry 3mo
michellelav @AvidReader25 I‘m so excited to start it! 3mo
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michellelav @perfectsinner it was sooooooo good 😭 I‘m super into Greek mythology and just downloaded a 40 hour audiobook of Greek mythology 🤪 any recommendations are always welcome! 🥰 3mo
perfectsinner Araidne, A Thousand Ships 3mo
michellelav @perfectsinner thank you!! 😁 3mo
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katrrosee
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2022 Read Harder Challenge
#21: Read a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, folklore, or myth

Almost done with the challenge! As this well-loved copy of the book shows, this book is always worth a reread.

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Beachbum
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New Book!!!! Finally time to start a new book, The Song of Achilles. Lots of hype on this one so it‘s time to get started right now while on my break. Beautiful day to read outside here in sunny California 😎. #thesongofachilles #madelinemiller #greekstories #readingoutside #readingatwork #bookbeau

LoverOfLearning Yep loved it!!!! 2mo
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The.Great.Catsby
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This book is not my regular genre, so I'm hesitant to give it a specific number of stars. I switched between reading and listening, and I will say that I enjoyed listening more. My heart absolutely aches, I definitely had a good cry about it.
It certainly wasn't a light read.
Overall, I liked it. But not one I would buy for myself.

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ozma.of.oz What a cute cat! 4mo
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Panpan



I seem to have fallen in with the small few who just didn't care for this one. The Song of Achilles, for me, was just meeeeehhhhh.

Just like Beyonce... it's overhyped. 🤷‍♀️

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"????'????????', ??? ????? ?? ?????????? ?????????? ?? ?????????? ????? ? ????? ????????. ?? ???? ???? ?'?????????? ? ?? ???? ?? ??????? ????????? ???? ????, ???? ????? ???? ?'??? ???, ??????, ????? ?????? ?? ????"??

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Sessestresse
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Sono sinceramente innamorata di questo libro.
Ho amato come Madeline ha descritto la relazione tra Patroclo e Achille, sia i dettagli che le parole che ha utilizzato.
Mi piace usare i post-it così da annotare tutte le citazioni che mi sono piaciute nel corso del libro, tanto che ho finito una nuova confezione solo per questo libro.
Cinque stelle se le merita tutte!
★★★★★

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Sharv_Sona
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I finished this book a few minutes ago, and I‘m going to be honest here (please don‘t come for me), but I didn‘t really like this book... I think the hype for the book got my hopes up way too high, and this book didn‘t reach anywhere near. I suppose the storyline and characters were good, but I don‘t feel much for this book as I do for others. I didn‘t even cry. I‘m not saying this was a horrible book, just not my cup of tea. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

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I think I read The Iliad in high school, or at least pretended to read it & discussed it in class, but you know what I certainly remember? Brad Pitt in a leather mini-skirt so the movie Troy was playing in my head alongside this audiobook. I can see why Patroclus is in love with Achilles, and thus why we get his account of Achilles, but Patroclus felt a bit one-dimensional to me. This was enjoyable & a nice reminder of the bones of the myth ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick surrounding Achilles. Hell, I had to remind myself that he wasn‘t a real man from history. On audio, a few of the people got a little muddled up to me, but overall this was well narrated, interesting, and definitely a love song to Achilles. 4mo
Cinfhen Great review!!! I need to check out the Brad Pitt film 🥰 4mo
Cinfhen I LOVED this book!!! My favorite from all the re-telling I‘ve read 😊 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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broughtyoubooks
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💔

Marialou A perfect book 4mo
Beachbum Loved this so much… I made a vow to reread this maybe 3 times a year 💔💔😢 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Today's detour took me past WHSmith..

I've wanted to read The Song of Achilles for ages.

Also, I know I had a conversation with someone on Litsy about how bad The Sanatorium was... but that cover... and the blurb... I'll probably regret not listening, but I couldn't resist!!! 😁😁

TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 5mo
Branwen The Song of Achilles is absolutely PHENOMENAL! 😃❤ 5mo
Cathythoughts The Sanatorium does look & sound great 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I've heard great things! 😊 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cathythoughts I couldn't resist that blurb and cover! 🙈 5mo
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peanutnine
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A day late but this book is definitely heartbreaking 😭
#ItHadToBeYou Day 3 #Heartbreak 💔
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Eggs Perfect ❤️🧡❤️ 5mo
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ParkerFinn
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I definitely cried for the whole last 30 pages of this book. This book gave me a whole new view to the story of Achilles. This book was written beautifully and there was so much love. And if you know anything about the story of Achilles, it could only end in heartbreak. Beautiful, beautiful book.

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Loved this even more than Circe.

BayouGirl85 It‘s an all time fav of mine. 5mo
sprainedbrain One of my top 5 books ever. ❤️ 5mo
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Sweetkokoro
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Front of the slipcase they came in!

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Sweetkokoro
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Illumicrate special edition!

BayouGirl85 @Lollymya OMG! What a beautiful edition! 5mo
LoverOfLearning I mean come on. Stunning. And what an beautiful novel. 2mo
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Books_n_Whatnot
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Read it over Christmas break and enjoyed it immensely. Lent it to my sister and she also loved it. It felt poetic, and the ancient characters felt very modern. A good tragic love story.

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Cailey_Mac
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Also in the lineup of next reads: The Song of Achilles. I feel like I‘m highly motivated this year to read my tbr! I‘ve also made a reading resolution to read all the books I buy this year… this year, and have been a lot more thoughtful with my book purchases so far (even though it‘s only January). #tbr #nextup

violabrain This book is one of my all-time favorites! Enjoy it! 5mo
Cailey_Mac @violabrain ooo that‘s good to hear! I‘m hoping I‘ll love it as much☺️ 5mo
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IzzyLikeASundayMorning
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Beautifully written re-telling and re-imagining of the age-old story. This book had me audibly sobbing through the last couple of chapters. Definitely a new favorite!

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5feet.of.fury
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Definitely ugly cried my way through the last couple chapters. This was so good. Beautiful. frustrating at times. Epic. Another side of the Greek Heroes and legends.

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5feet.of.fury
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I don‘t know what I expected this book to be about, i just bought it because everyone was reading it. I do not know a lot about the mythology and I keep being surprised about what‘s happening 😂 it‘s captivating so far though! I‘m about 1/3 of the way in with Deidameia.

Booksarelifeaddict I‘m thinking about picking this book up next! 5mo
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I wasn‘t sure I was enjoying this at first but then stayed up until 2:00 AM to finish it. So I guess it‘s a pick! I‘m excited to try more books in the “novelized” mythology genre that seems to be popping up everywhere recently. ☀️ #bookbub

BkClubCare Read Circe next! 😊 5mo
Sparklemn @BkClubCare On my list!! 5mo
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soupdumplings
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One of the most beautifully written books I've read. Was a sad yet expected ending but yet it still managed to hurt apart of my soul and I'm still sad about it

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TamTracy
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I‘m not a big Greek mythology fan and I don‘t like stories about long battles. Although this is a love story at the core I felt like it dragged on forever in several parts. It was hard to get through at times. The parts that weren‘t dragging were great though and the overall story was very good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5feet.of.fury
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I thought this was new, why did this come out in 2011?