EBOOK (The Song of Achilles) ½ Madeline Miller
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of the world and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other the world and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other book Gosh I loved this book The moment I read the first page I was already certain of two things1 This would become one of my all time favourites and I d ush about it like crazy2 It wouldn t only leave me devastated and heartbroken but also sobbing like a little child We A new take on the Iliad written by a high school classics teacher how could i not read this the song of I not read this The Song of retells the story of Greece s reatest 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 Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age giving Patroclus a back story that makes perfect sense and tracing the friendship and eventual romance between the two young men in a way that casts a new light on the human side of the Trojan WarI always found Achilles to be an unsympathetic character a brat a bully a big headed jerk who knows he s the star player on the team and throws a tantrum if heets put on the bench Miller shows his unattractive ualities but she also shows that Achilles is human He s capable of love He s deeply conflicted He has a sense of humor and a Les Innocents gentle side We see him through Patroclus s eyesrowing from a privileged child to a sensitive teen to a young man struggling to balance his personal feelings with the expectations of an entire country If you ve read the Iliad you know that the story will have a tragic end but it s also strangely uplifting and hopeful I ll never be able to read about these characters the same way again and that s a I Was A Stranger good thing Reading The Song of Achilles put a new light on this ancient story It was like watching a reallyood interpretation of a Shakespeare play You think you know the story but you re surprised to find how many layers of new meaning can be brought out by a smart productionThe book is certainly appropriate for YA and up The prose is elegant in its simplicity Miller ives Patroclus a Hemmingway like directness I read a New York Times review of this book which I thought patently unfair complaining that the style made the book seem like a fast food version of the Iliad I think this misses the whole point of the story Patroclus s mission in The Song of Achilles is to cut through the legend of the hero and show us the mortal side of demigod He doesn t want the pompous metaphors and flowery hyperbole of a war epic to bury Achilles s other ualities his tenderness his insecurity his honesty and lack of uile The Song of Achilles can serve as an excellent introduction or counterpoint to the study of the Iliad It certainly made the story new and vibrant for me despi. Alternate cover edition of ASIN B005FPWUSAGreece 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 The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States golden son AchillesAchilles ‘best of all the Greeks' is everything Patroclus is not strong beautiful the child of aoddess 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. ,
Madeline Miller ç 2 SummaryEline Miller did what the movie producers of the film Troy 2004 were too cowardly to do she stayed 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 Tro 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 withd okay oKAY i et the hype 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 oing to end I was not prepared for how much I caredThis is the story of the fall of Troy Or rather a part of it More specifically this is the tale of Achilles and Patroclus Of their undying love for each other Of the lives they sacrifice on the altar of that love Of desperate men and petty Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth gods Of a proudreedy people engaged in a prolonged bloody war So often in historical fiction from this time period I see the sharp edges of the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures smoothed away I see slaves treated well and women 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts given a voice I m happy to say there was none of that bullshittery here Miller paints the pages of this book in blood and suffering It is awash with pain and brutality As it should be Because historical accuracy But it means that this book is not for everyone There is a lot of sexism misogyny violence bloodshed and rape mentioned almost offhand because to these characters this behavior is commonplace Expected I didn t like a single one of them And not just because of their worldviews There was Achilles and his hubris Patroclus and his uselessness Thetis and her coldness I didn t even like Odysseus and his famous wit for there was an edge to it in this book that made him seem less charming and manipulative than I remember That said as much as I disliked these characters I loved their stories Miller tookods and legends and brought them to life within the pages of this book She humanized these mythical beings in a way that made them seem real fallible I
JustI Cannot Say Enough About This Book To Me Thiscannot say enough about this book To me this literature at its finest A beautifully written masterfully crafted story capable of transporting readers within its pages so enchanting them with what they find within that they forget that the real world lurks without waiting for their return Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Epic. Etween 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 FateProfoundly 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 Moonrise (Snowfall, gods and kings peace andlory immortal fame and the human heart. .
Te how many times I ve read Homer we were like ods 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 third time but here i am crying for my sweet sweet patroclus the best of men the best of the myrmidons 3its been nearly 12 hours since i finished this and i still am at a loss for words at the beauty of this book i dont think i have ever read anything as orgeous as this and nothing i write will even come close to describing its loveliness truly a touching masterpiece and i will forever be singing its praises until the end of my days every star to Hello, Snow! give patroclus his own constellation I hereby award all the stars in the universe to this book It took me completely by surpriseI knew nothing about The Song of Achillesoing 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 school I couldn tell you the
first thing about The IlliadI was completely floored by the absolute beauty of this story which centers around the love betweenthing about The IlliadI was completely floored by the absolute beauty of this story which centers around the love between and Patroclus Admittedly I am not an avid romance reader Oftentimes the romance will be my least favorite aspect of a A Little Dinner Before the Play given story but for some reason this one struck me straight in the feels There was something so pure and confident in their love They were loyal brave and kind to one another in a way that had me reaching for the tissues instead of choking down my mirth I just knew from my level of attachment that this one wasn toing to end well for me I was fully anticipating to end up as a puddle on the floor I was overwhelmed by the intensity of feeling this story was able to elicit from my cold dark heart The Ice ueen hath meltethIf you are considering reading this yourself for whatever reason I cannot recommend the audiobook enough This narrator absolutely nailed the feeling of the story His voices for all characters was just so expressive and was always recognizable for who he was portraying at the time In particular his voice when speaking as Achilles straight up Chris Hemsworth Honestly not a bad picture to have in mind whilst listening to a bookTo sum it all up READ THIS BOOK The world would indeed be a better place if this book were reuired reading I honestly believe that He was a marvel shaft after shaft flying from him spears that he wrenched easily from broken bodies on the round 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 Iground as I watched I not even see the ugliness of the deaths any the brains the shattered bones that later I would wash from Mad. Gives way to a steadfast friendship As they row 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 Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch goddess with a hatred of mortalsFate 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 alorious destiny Achilles joins their cause Torn ,