Free E–pub (The Song of Achilles) by Madeline Miller
A new take on the Iliad written by a high school classics teacher how could I not read this The Song of Achilles retells the story of Greece s greatest hero from the oint 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 giving Patroclus a back story that makes erfect 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 layer on the team and throws a tantrum if he gets Último asalto 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 gentle side We see him through Patroclus s eyes growing from arivileged child to a sensitive teen to a young man struggling to balance his Fear (Tricycle Teachings 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 good thing Reading The Song of Achillesut a new light on this ancient story It was like watching a really good interpretation of a Shakespeare I Only Say This Because I Love You: How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break Family Relationships Throughout Our Lives 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 smartroductionThe book is certainly appropriate for YA and up The rose is elegant in its simplicity Miller gives Patroclus a Hemmingway like directness I read a New York Times review of this book which I thought atently unfair complaining that the style made the book seem like a fast food version of the Iliad I think this misses the whole Conta and Boehme Porcelain Identification and Value Guide 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 theompous metaphors and flowery hyperbole of a war epic to bury Achilles s other ualities his tenderness his insecurity his honesty and lack of guile 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 despite how many times I ve read Homer okay oKAY i get the hype He was a marvel shaft after shaft flying from him spears that he wrenched easily from broken bodies on the ground to toss at new targets Again and again I saw his wrist twist exposing its Rodeo Drive to Raja Bazaar pale underside those flute like bones thrusting elegantly forward My spear sagged forgotten to the ground as I watched I cou Madeline Miller did what the movieroducers of the film Troy 2004 were too cowardly to do she stayed true to the homosexuality of Homer s Iliad rather than writing a censored version of the story which stank of homophobia Achilles and Patroclus were assionately 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 Troy was an insult to the LGBT community Nothing Nothing less The attraction between these two men wasn t something that was rushed and suandered It was built up ever so slowly and delivered elouently The two were friends from boyhood and Patroclus was enamoured by Achilles after just one glance He didn t want to be arted from him The two grew up together they fought together they learnt together and they developed together They became inseparable and reliant on each other Their sexual relationship just matured as they did it it was the most natural thing in the world Like all relationships there were issues The two weren t without their differences They clashed and uarrelled but only because they truly cared for each other Patroclus wanted to end the war and Achilles didn t think the fight was worthy of his name he wanted a bigger war to fight in So Patroclus in his most bravest and stupid move goes against his lover s wish and tries to end the war with a stroke of his sword But he is no Achilles he is not a god of war He was out of his depth outmatched and doomed It could only end in tragedy Achilles Laments the Death of Patroclus 1767 I ve not included a spoiler warning because everybody knows the story of Homer s Iliad Well at least I hope they do Following the traditional narrative arc Achilles goes on a mad rampage to avenge the death of his beloved In the J.R.R. Tolkien process he simultaneously destroys and immortalises himself He got what he wanted but not in the way he wanted it I love the way the author wrote this I could really feel the desperate rage of an Achilles who had lost the only thing that mattered to him in the world I m so glad the author didn t deviate from the suggestions of homosexuality that wereresent in Homer s writing This would have failed dramatically had she done so There would have been no ower and again like the film Troy "It Would Have Been Abysmal The Romance Plot In Here "would have been abysmal The romance plot in here one of the truest and believable I ve in here one of the truest and believable I ve to date it was strong and real However this is not to downplay the other aspects of the story It is driven by romance but it is not defined by it There is also a story of growth and the story of warrior who is out to rove his strength and honour in a world driven by war He just happens to like guys A strong four stars Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo ps I veurposely avoided images of the movie Troy in this review Anybody who has seen it and read this book really shouldn t be utting the two side by side at least not if they want to make their review fair One is an insult to the story the other a novelisation of a timeless classicYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree we were like gods 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 ain of this story for a third time but here i am crying for my sweet sweet The Raven and the Falcon: Youth Versus Old Age in Medieval Arabic Literature 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 gorgeous as this and nothing i write will even come close to describing its loveliness truly a touching masterpiece and i will forever be singing itsraises until the end of my days every star to give The Humanist Interpretation of Hieroglyphs in the Allegorical Studies of the Renaissance: With a Focus on the Triumphal Arch of Maximilian I patroclus his own constellation 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 desperaterayers 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 going to end I was not The Reproductive Bargain: Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism prepared for how much I caredThis is the story of the fall of Troy Or rather aart 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 Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future petty gods Of aroud greedy Piers Plowman: A New Translation of the B-Text people engaged in arolonged bloody war So often in historical fiction from this time eriod I see the sharp edges of the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures smoothed away I see slaves treated well and women given a voice I m happy to say there was none OF THAT BULLSHITTERY HERE MILLER PAINTS THE PAGES OF that bullshittery here Miller aints the Fantasy Noir. Übernatürliche Mordfälle pages of book in blood and suffering It is awash withain 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 commonp. Alternate cover edition of ASIN B005FPWUSAGreece in the age of Heroes Patroclus an awkward young rince 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 AchillesAchilles ‘best of all the Greeks' is everything Patroclus is not strong beautiful the child of a goddess and by all rights their aths should never cross Yet one day Achilles takes the shamed rince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship. Lace 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 took gods and legends and brought them to life within the A Long the Krommerun: Selected Papers from the Utrecht James Joyce Symposium 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 this is literature at its finest A beautifully written masterfully crafted story capable of transporting readers within itsages 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 We were like gods at the dawning of the world and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other This book Gosh I loved this book The moment I read the first Lancelot page I was already certain of two things1 This would become one of my all time favourites and I d gush about it like crazy2 It wouldn t only leave me devastated and heartbroken but also sobbing like a little child Well both of those things came true even way earlier than I had initially anticipated I was about 37%ercent in yes I looked it up P when I first started to cry and it didn t get any better after that This book was just so beautiful So so damn beautiful Madeline Miller definitely has a way with words and I loved how this story was written Poetical with a lot of mythological facts and with so many details that it succeeded to make this a than just intriguing journey What I loved the most was how she managed to convey Achilles and Patroclus relationship though Even though she never went into detail never actually let them say that they loved each other it was still Scorch palpable in every single moment they shared together Those moments were sorecious I couldn t get enough of them and all I wanted was for them to be happy Unfortunately I m a little geek and know a lot about Greek mythology so yeah I already knew how it would end before it even ended Still the sense of foreboding in this book Oh gosh it killed me All those little hints those infinitesimal innuendos those tiny insinuations they Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies piled up and up and up until all I was able to feel was dread By the end of the book I was reduced to a sobbing and crying nervous wreck and the final sentence was like a dagger in my heart In other wordsThis was exceptionallyainful and utterly devastating BUTit was also so damn good and worth every second of Marrane Et Marronne: La Co-Ecriture Reversible D Andre Et de Simone Schwarz-Bart painThe characters This is my spoiler section in which I m going to speak about the individual characters and what I thought of them So you better beware and don t read it if you still want to read the book Heed my warning or get lost in the underworld It s your choice choose wisely P Achilles Ah A sly smile spread across his face he had always loved defiance Well why should I kill him He s done nothing to me This sentence killed me when I first read it Achilles my beautiful innocent and na ve boy Jeez I loved him so much He was every bit the heroeople believed him to be and most of the time he actually did the right thing Well most of the time At the end of the book there happened a lot of things I didn t agree with and the longer his conflict with Agamemnon lasted the I dreaded the end It made me so sad to see how much Achilles changed over the years and when the thing with Briseis happened my reaction was the same as Patroclus I mean I knew what Achilles did I m a geek remember but reading it the way Madeline Miller wrote it Boy it destroyed me There was this wonderful This Deleuzian Century perfect righteous honourable intelligent innocent and honest golden boy and then the war over Troy tainted him transformed him and made him an entirely differenterson The true tragedy about this all is that he never even wanted to take Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity part in the war he was or less forced into it and I think looking at it in retrospective a life as a normalerson would have been Tell Me What You Want preferable to the one of a hero I guess in the end Achilles saw it the same way and would have done everything in order to change hisath Even if it would have meant that he would have been forgotten and would have never become a legend it would have been worth it Patroclus would have been worth it cries I stopped watching for ridicule the scorpion s "Tail Hidden In His Words He Said What He Meant "hidden in his words He said what he meant was Water in Social Imagination: From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism puzzled if you did not Someeople might have mistaken this for simplicity But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart Your honour could be darkened by it Then it is darkened His jaw shot forward stubborn They are fools if they let my glory rise or fall on this But Odysseus His eyes green as spring leaves met mine Patroclus I have given enough to them I will not give them this They grinned loving every inch of their miraculous Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 prince his gleaming hair his deadly hands his nimble feet They leaned towards him like flowers to the sun drinking in his lustre It was as Odysseus had said he had light enough to make heroes of them all It is not true You left yourself today And now you are returned His shoulders rise and fall on a long breath Do not say that he says until you have heard the rest of what I have done Patroclus I went to Peleus I knelt before him on a wool rug woven bright withurple He started to speak but I was too uick for him One of my hands went to clasp his knees the other reached upward to seize his chin with my hand The ose of supplication It Was A Gesture I Had Seen was a gesture I had seen times but had never made myself I was under his rotection now he was bound to treat me fairly by the law of the gods Tell me where he is I said I adored Patroclus He was the best He was wonderful and beautiful in his own way and I loved how faithful he was That boy was one of the kindest and sweetest Le rendez-vous people I ever read about tough competition for Lazlo Strange lol and I was so happy Achilles saw this too He realized that Patroclus is special and he encouraged him to speak his mind It felt like Patroclus was Achilles conscience intervening whenever his divine heritage showed Without Patroclus Achillesath would have been dark and bloody but with him at his side he became the glorious figure we all know about Patroclus was so much than just a companion He was a friend a lover a teacher a conscience a reminder and Achilles Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing pastresent and future This boy was literally the embodiment of Achilles life and actions and the eople around them were fools for not seeing their strong connection Patroclus was everything that was good about Achilles he brought out the best in him Taught him compassion and love he was an anchor and someone he could come home to Speak to Confide in Once Patroclus was gone the relentless godly art of Achilles showed though and the rest of it is bloody history TT Patroclus It was the name my father had given me hopefully but injudiciously at my birth and it tasted of bitterness on my tongue Honour of the father it meant Perhaps she thought I was mocking her flourishing my triumph Perhaps she thought I hated her She did not know that I almost asked him a hundred times to be a little kinder to her You do not have to humiliate her so thoroughly I thought But it was not kindness he lacked it was interest His gaze All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence passed over her as if she were not here Willl you come with me he askedThe never ending ache of love and sorrow Perhaps in some other life I could have refused could have torn my hair and screamed and made him face his choice alone But not in this one He would sail to Troy and I would follow even into death Yes I whispered Yes I do not know this man I think He is no one I have ever seen before My rage tow. 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 deathlyale sea 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 romise of a glorious destiny Achilles joins their cause Torn ,
Ards him is hot as blood I will never forgive him I imagine tearing down our tent smashing the lyre stabbing myself in the stomach and bleeding to death I want to see his face broken with grief and regret I want to shatter the cold mask of stone that has slipped down over the boy I knew He has given her to Agamemnon knowing what will happen Odysseus May I give you some advice If you are truly his friend you will help him leave his soft heart behind He s going to Troy to kill men not rescue them His dark eyes held me like swift running current He is a weapon a killer Do not forget it You can use a spear as a walking stick but that will not change its nature Damn how much I hated and liked that sneaky and cunning bastard I m still very torn when it comes to him On the one hand he gave sound advice and knew exactly what he did and on the other hand he forced Achilles on his destined ath If it wouldn t have been for Odysseus he would have never gone to Troy and even though I agree with his sentiment that Achilles could save them all I still disagree with the way he In This Land: The Purple Book, Volume Four played him Of all the countless men that manipulated young Achilles Odysseusrobably was the worst hiding behind the mask of a friend but ultimately ursuing his own goals Clever Very clever indeed Agamemnon Then you are a traitor to this army and will be unished like one Your war The Houdini Solution: Put Creativity and Innovation to work by thinking inside the box prizes are hostagelaced in my care until you offer your obedience and submission Let us start with that girl Briseis is her name She will do as a Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction penance for the girl you have forced me to return I HATE AGAMEMNON Fiercely Such an unfair and dishonourable numpty I hate him and all his actions I mean what kind of father would trade his daughter away and then kill her His own flesh and blood Gosh I CAN T EVEN WITH HIM I m still so angry Those moments at the end and the tense situation between Achilles and him had me at the edge of my seat and all I wanted to do was to scream at the injustice that tooklace in front of me Such a stubborn and self righteous fool He should have listened to Achilles but he was too roud to shakes head in disbelief I HATE HIM Enough said ThetisAnother erson that landed on my shit list lol I really really disliked her too I mean I understand that she was Achilles mother and only wanted the best for her son but it was than just obvious that the best was Patroclus and I hated her for always trying to drive a wedge between them Without Thetis half of their troubles wouldn t have even existed and even though she kind of redeemed herself in the end I still don t like her Sorry Thet but you ll never get a thumbs up from me SorryNotSorrryThe relationshipAchilles Patroclus This morning he had leaped on to my bed and The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability pressed his nose against mine Good morning he d said I remembered the heat of him against my skin Ohh how sweet those two were I loved their relationship They were so gentle and adorable and no matter what happened and no matter how many obstacles were in their way they always managed to find back to each other They had confidence in each other and they supported each other regardless of the conseuences Achilles and Patroclus had such an honest and beautiful relationship I CAN T EVEN THIS was the real deal A connection so deep that no one could destroy it a love so strong that it cast aside all obstacles their trust so deep that they could talk about everything Boy I could gush about this relationship at eye level for eternity and still would never get tired of it lol I just adore them so much It was so sweet they couldn t even be angry with each other and even though Patroclus wasn t always happy with Achilles decisions he still did his best to support him as best as he could even if that meant that he had to go against his will I think in the end their unconditional love for each other was the only thing that was able to break them and it eventually did Jeez How it did cries again Achilles had no reason to kill Hector no reason to fulfil therophecy Well at least not until Hector took the only thing that mattered to him the only thing he didn t want to live without Patroclus sobs Hell The way Achilles grieved It broke my freaking heart It was like a One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries punch in the gut I know first hand how much this hurts howainful it is to lose a erson you love so much "And Boy Did It Trigger "boy did it trigger emotions TT I felt Achilles grief with him and it was so intense it left me crying and sobbing They were so beautiful together so so so damn Beautiful I Can T Any Weeps I Saw Then How I can t any weeps I saw then how had changed I did not mind any that I lost when we raced and I lost when we swam out to "the rocks and i lost when we tossed "rocks and I lost when we tossed or skipped stones For who can be ashamed to lose to such beauty It was enough to watch him win to see the soles of his feet flashing as they kicked up sand or the rise and fall of his shoulders as he ulled through the salt It was enough My ulse jumps for no reason I can name He has looked at me a thousand times but there is something different in this gaze an intensity I do not know My mouth is dry and I can hear the sound of my throat as I swallowHe watches me It seems that he is waiting His eyes were unwavering green flecked with gold A certainty rose in me lodged in my throat I will never leave him It will be this always for as long as he will let me Had she really thought I would not know him I could recognize him by touch alone by smell I woul I feel so much And erhaps 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 withdraw them or I will not be able to sleep through the nightIt took me a month to read this book as I needed to take multiple breaks during the experience that is The Song of Achilles I was about to curse the lyricism for welling too many emotions inside my body too often and therefore thwarting my reaching the ending in less than a month but then I discovered that it took the author ten years to write this book so my unreasonable annoyance subsided ha ha Dear readers brace yourself as you open the first Birds page This is unlike anything I ve ever read before It certainly is grander than I expected it to be and the love story a thousand timesoignant Plus since I had no rior knowledge of Achilles bloody story this was all the surprising to me And now I crave mythology like I crave book mail Patroclus deserves to become a Greek god although that was never his fate What I mean by that is that he is compassionate brave strong wise and worth hailing every uality I believe a god should ossess Achilles on the other hand however mortal he may be and so Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4) prone to weakness of judgement andower is harder to connect with But he is impressive and ultimately good that s for sure I am Robot Programming: A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics pleased to have read this book because now I can discuss about the book and the two very discussable characters Achilles and Patroclus that make this story so formidable I cannot wait to hear the thoughts of everyone in my entourage that has read itBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin I hereby award all the stars in the universe to this book It took me completely by surpriseI knew nothing about The Song of Achilles going 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 t tell you the first thing about The IlliadI was completely floored by the absolute beauty of this story which centers around the love between Achilles and Patroclus Admittedly I am not an avid romance reader Oftentimes the romance will be my least favorite aspect of a given story but for some reason this one struck me straight in the feels There was something soure 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 m 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 gods and kings Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Powerful Internal and External Communications peace and glory immortal fame and the human heart.