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The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

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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.

Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012, was shortlisted for the Stonewall Writer of the Year 2012, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and was translated into twenty-five languages. Madeline holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade. She has also studied at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought, and at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly and NPR.org. She lives outside Philadelphia.

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Format ePUB i
Kopierschutz Ja i
Seitenzahl 368 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 05.09.2011
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781408818909
Verlag Bloomsbury USA
Dateigröße 1268 KB
Verkaufsrang 23581

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Beautiful
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Großenkneten am 28.04.2020

Madeline Miller knows what she is writing about, but nevertheless excels at adding her own fictional element to the myth without it feeling forced.

The Song of Achilles
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 19.03.2020
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Das Leben des Achilles wird hier aus Sicht seines Gefährten Patroclus erzählt. Bildgewaltig und doch liebevoll beschrieben wird die bekannte Geschichte des Trojanischen Krieges widergegeben. Dabei werden Beweggründe aufgezeigt und Zusammenhänge verdeutlicht. Einige der größten Helden der Geschichte sind plötzlich zum Greifen nah!

Absolutely amazing.
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 25.10.2019
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Ever since I first read this book, "the Song of Achilles" has been one of my favourites. Achilles's story is told by Patroclus, his dearest friend and - in this instance - lover. His retelling of a well-known story is heartfelt and full of love and emotion. It conveys the pain and love between them in a way that I hardly imagin... Ever since I first read this book, "the Song of Achilles" has been one of my favourites. Achilles's story is told by Patroclus, his dearest friend and - in this instance - lover. His retelling of a well-known story is heartfelt and full of love and emotion. It conveys the pain and love between them in a way that I hardly imagined possible. The characters are not perfect and aware of this, something rarely found in a book like this. The narrative might seem simple at first but it hits just the right notes in my opinion. After all it is a retelling of an old myth. And the language in those often is simple and slightly more precise than it would be nowadays. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone who wants a wonderful story that will pull on your heartstrings and will send your emotions on a beautiful roller-coaster of love and pain.

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