Song of Achilles: A Novel, The

Madeline Miller
“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.


Reviewed: 2015-07-09
It just isn't enough to write a modern update of a myth these days. You can write it well until the cows come home (and Miller is a fine writer, nothing extraordinary, but fine) - but you have to do something interesting about it or choose an under-retold myth. The Iliad is NOT an under-retold myth, so you have to pull the former: let's talk about how Achilles was probably gay. But from his lover's point of view. And let's start it like a Judy Blume novel and then not really get into the war stuff but see it all from gushy romantic points of view.

There was just something so frustratingly mundane about this book. It is just fine. Nothing more, nothing less.

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