“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

March 6, 2012  |  369 pages
(Rated on Jul 21, 2013)
Grade: A+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Literature, 30% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
This book made me sob. We all know the infamous story of Achilles. But what's less known is that of his companion Patroclos. History has accepted him as the cousin of the great war hero. This book takes a different angle on their relationship; one where they are lovers. I couldn't put this book down. Written from the point of view of Patroclos, anyone who's been in love can identify with his love and longing for Achilles.   (+3 votes)