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Miller, Madeline - The Song of Achilles

Miller, Madeline - The Song of Achilles

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In the shadow of the Trojan War, the paths of two extraordinary beings cross—Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior, and Patroclus, the young prince of Ithaca. Bound together by fate, their friendship blossoms against the backdrop of a world driven by power and passion.

As the battle for Troy rages, Achilles emerges as its greatest hero, while Patroclus fights by his side, becoming his closest companion and confidant. But fate takes a cruel turn when Patroclus is tragically slain, leaving Achilles to face the devastating consequences of his actions.

Reeling from grief, Achilles channels his rage into the destruction of Troy, turning the tide of the war but also sealing his own tragic fate. The Song of Achilles is a timeless tale of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship.


In the heart of Greek mythology, where gods and heroes walk among us, the story of The Song of Achilles unfolds. A poignant tale of love, loss, and the unwavering bond of friendship, it follows the lives of Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior, and Patroclus, the young prince of Ithaca, as their paths intertwine against the backdrop of the Trojan War.

Their friendship blossoms amidst the chaos of battle, and Achilles, the epitome of strength and courage, finds solace and companionship in Patroclus's gentle spirit. As the war escalates, their bond deepens, and they become inseparable, sharing a love that transcends the boundaries of society and the gods' influence.

When fate takes a tragic turn, Patroclus is mortally wounded, leaving Achilles grief-stricken and consumed by rage. Driven by the loss of his dearest friend, he wreaks havoc upon the Trojan forces, his determination fueled by a thirst for vengeance.

The Song of Achilles is a captivating narrative that delves into the depths of human emotion, exploring themes of love, grief, and the profound impact of loss on the human spirit. It is a timeless tale that resonates with readers across generations and cultures, reminding us of the enduring power of friendship and the resilience of the human heart.

LGBT Themes:

  • Homoerotic undertones
  • Subtext of same-sex love
  • Exploration of non-traditional relationships

Relevant Tags:

  • LGBT fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, coming-of-age, Greek mythology, same-sex relationships, friendship, war, tragedy

Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

ISBN: 9781408891384

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 368

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: October 4, 2011

Weight: 263 g

Size: 13.2 x 20.0 x 2.4 cm

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