EBOOK NEW (The Song of Achilles) ✓ Madeline Miller


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The Song of Achilles Free download Û 109 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 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 promise of a glorious destiny Achilles joins their cause Torn b. okay oKAY i get the hype

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The Song of Achilles Free download Û 109 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 peace and glory immortal fame and the human heart. 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 pale underside those flute like bones thrusting elegantly forward My spear sagged forgotten to the ground as I watched I could not even see the ugliness of the deaths any the brains the shattered bones that later I would wash from my skin and hair All I saw was his beauty his singing limbs the uick flickering of his feet Madeline Miller studied Latin and Ancient Greek from Brown University and even interestingly studied at the Yale School of Drama specializing in adapting classical tales for a modern audience I ignored this book when it first came out because I had read The Iliad twice and plan to read it many times if the Gods grant me enough time to do so A reimagining of Homer s words There is enough debate over translations of the original source documentation without adding in additional controversy over Miller s interpretation of events Or so I thoughtAfter all aren t these books designed for a modern audience who will never even attempt to read Homer I am not the target audience as there is very little modern about me I have ancient book dust permanently lodged in my lungs I cough and the air is redolent with the scent of decaying leather and the intoxicating smell of the slightly hallucinatory book fungi Miller is doing good work though bringing Homer to life for a new generation Her books are not for me Or so I thought When her book Galatea came out I barely even flinched A mild flickering of interest but I was up to my eyeballs in books to read so I easily dissuaded myself from giving it much thought Deciding to read Galatea would also mean that I would need to read Song of Achilles first because I do believe that books by serious authors build upon one another I wasn t taking Miller seriousyet Part of my resistance came from the fact that I m not a big fan of Achilles He might have been The Greatest Warrior of his Generation but I didn t find him very heroic Now Hector poor doomed Hector to me he was the hero of The Iliad I didn t really want to read a book glorifying Achilles and how effortless it was for him to kill a hundred Trojans in one lazy bloody afternoon Or so I thought The lovely and talented Madeline MillerI fully expected Miller to fade back into the woodwork of academia but then this year she published Circe With one raised Nadalesue eyebrow I thought to myself now Circe is someone I don t know nearly enough about The five star reviews started raining down on me like thunderbolts from the fingers of Zeus Cupid shot a uiver full of arrows at me piercing me in numerous appendages until I looked like Saint Sebastian If I could have gotten my hands on that pink tinted chubby precocious toddler I d have turned him over my knee and paddled him with his own bow Really I must confess that my new found love for Achilles Patroclus Briseis Chiron Odysseus and even Madeline Miller herself could be the result of those love poison tipped arrows Regardless does it matter the reason why Even in an addled state there is no way I would ever confuse great writing for poorly conceived writing As I was reading through my notes and savoring favorite passages again now that Cupid s fog has cleared from my mind I must say Miller is a wonderful lyrical writer It all begins with a rape The Greek Gods want to reward Peleus for being such a good subject and decide that he should be given a sea nymph named Thetis as his bride It was considered their highest honor After all what mortal would not want to bed a goddess and sire a son from her Divine blood purified our muddy race bred heroes from dust and clay And this goddess brought a greater promise still the Fates had foretold that her son would far surpass his father Peleus line would be assured But like all the gods gifts there was an edge to it the goddess herself was unwilling The Gods whisper in his ear Don t even bother trying to woo her with kelp flowers Auaoir Ocean aged wine or shrimp cocktail The Greek Gods being rampant assaulters of unsuspecting pink cheeked mortal maidens have no compunction about advocating rape Jump her on the beach take her and make her thine The Greek Islands are lousy with half Gods You will meet many of them in the course of this story Achilles is the greatest of them all Greater than Hercules His chosen companion is Patroclus the disgraced and banished son of a king an odd choice in many eyes as the closest friend of the greatest warrior Patroclus is after all rather unremarkable atwelleverything It doesn t matter though because Achilles is good enough at everything for the both of them Thetis is rather annoyed at his choice She doesn t feel that Patroclus is good enough to spend so much time with her son Her favorite greeting for Patroclus is You will be dead soon enough With Patroclus being the narrator of this story it is rather poor judgement on her part Any uest I ve been on I have always plied the narrator with honeyed wine and the most succulent figs in the hope that I would be rewarded in the prose and poetry of hisher telling of the tale Achilles and Patroclus by Barry JC PurvesHomer skates around the closeness between Achilles and Patroclus although much can be read between the lines There is also the possibility that some homophobic Christian hundreds of years later made some deft corrections to the original obscuring any overt reference to a homosexual relationship Homer may have been blind but his ears must have heard the rustling of the reed mats whether he was an eye witness to the Trojan War or an interpreter of events many years later Madeline Miller wades into the sweaty bedsheet truth of the matter and yes the Greatest Warrior to ever live is light in his sandals Miller puts flesh on these ancient bones Gods and mortals alike and brings a freshness to one of our most venerated stories Though I resisted it turns out that Madeline Miller was writing these books for me She has also given me a burning desire to read The Iliad again while her interpretation is still imprinted so deeply in my mind I have a feeling my reading experience will be deepened and her observations will glow like phosphorus between the linesIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visithttpwwwjeffreykeetencomI also have a Facebook blogger page at

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The Song of Achilles Free download Û 109 Alternate cover edition of ASIN B005FPWUSAGreece 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 AchillesAchilles ‘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. Madeline Miller did what the movie producers 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 passionately 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 parted 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 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 were present in Homer s writing This would have failed dramatically had she done so There would have been no power and again like the film Troy it would have been abysmal The romance plot in here is one of the truest and believable I ve read 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 prove his strength and honour in a world driven by war He just happens to like guys A strong four stars ps I ve purposely avoided images of the movie Troy in this review Anybody who has seen it and read this book really shouldn t be putting 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


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