The Song of AchillesMadeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Book Summary

“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.

The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller) Book Reviews

Achingly beautifulI could not put this beautiful story of love, Greek gods and heroics down. The characters feel so real and I’ll be thinking about this story for a long time to come..Score: 5/5

Heart brokenI don’t cry but this book made me ugly sob at one in the morning! Love the book!.Score: 5/5

Heartbreakingly beautifulStunning. Absolutely stunning..Score: 5/5

ALove Story for the Gods!This story was beautifully written. I felt as though I were there, in Pythia, in Troy. I could literally feel and see and smell everything as I read. I cried. I felt bitter hatred. Beautiful storytelling. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

10/10I truly have never read a book that has moved me like The Song of Achilles. A work of art from beginning to the most beautiful end. 10/10.Score: 5/5

AMAZINGIt was beautiful!:).Score: 4/5

BeautifulBeautifully written and moving. The Song of Achilles is by far one of the best books I’ve read. I couldn’t put it down !.Score: 5/5

GodI am crying.Score: 5/5

BeautifulOne of the best books I have ever read! Will continue to re-read this and suggest to friends forever. Such a beautiful and tear-jerking story..Score: 5/5

CMBYN-esqueIt’s definitely one of those stories that leaves you empty inside at the end, but it’s so enthralling that you just have to keep going through the pain.Score: 5/5

:)My heart does indeed hurt. Very much so..Score: 5/5

10/10Bruh the style, the description, the details of everything. the style was so beautiful. describing every little thing and going into deep detail ab his golden hair in the sunlight or the warm tears flowing like a hot stream. AND THE PLOT. there was an actual story to follow and details to remember and plot twists. i loved it. literally not a boring moment. and the ending too. it had a minor plot twist which resulted in a happy ending when i thought it wouldn’t. absolutely beautiful. 10/10.Score: 5/5

A gorgeous tale of loveSeveral times this book had me speechless and on the verge of tears. It was written so beautifully; you can almost feel each character. You can literally feel Achilles and Patroclus; I love them, I feel for them, and I believe a piece of them lives in the best and worst of us. They were so honest and raw......I could go on. This is my favorite book of all time, and I would give anything to reread it for the first time. Wow! Wow! Wow! The lover in me is quivering, and if you are anything like me, you will feel the same after reading this novel..Score: 5/5

WowLiterally beautiful. im NOT a big reader at all. i actually dont like reading but i finished this book in a day. and im already planning to reread.Score: 5/5

Must readBest book ever..Score: 5/5

Little misguiding title, but amazing storyIt’s more a romance than a story about how Achilles accomplishent and story, however it was brilliantly written and DEFINITELY pulled my heart strings.Score: 5/5

Love itI cried . this book is beautiful and amazing.Score: 5/5

Excellent ReadThis was a beautifully written book. I enjoyed looking at the Trojan war through the lens of Achilles’ lover, a lesser character in the original stories. Patroclus’s wise and balanced perspective showed the futility of men seeking greatness through their battlefield exploits. It was his attempts to end the conflict that were truly heroic..Score: 4/5

MUST READ!I have always been a fan of greek literature and adaptations from famous stories such as the illiad or the odyssey. This book is truly a divine work. Madeline Miller must be an orcale to Athena for this story is witty but also Romantic enough that Aphrodite would be proud. It was emotional, heart wrenching and made me cry like no other book before it. This book is a must read and i would recomend it to everyone!.Score: 5/5

WOWThis book was absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend 10/10.Score: 5/5

Oh my goshI have no other words but to say this book will rip your heart out and stomp on it in the most amazing way possible. it's achingly beautiful. if i could give it more than 5 stars I absolutely would..Score: 5/5

Entertaining but somewhat misguidedWhile I’m willing to admit that this novel is entertaining, it misses the target when it comes to recasting the “Iliad”. The novel is based around the story of “the Wrath of Achilles”. Achilles — who is half-god and half-human— refuses to support the Greek troops invading Troy after he is insulted by his arrogant commander-and-chief, Agamemnon. He sulks at his camp during battles while the Greek army is being destroyed. This desolation of the Greek army is supposed to remind the Greeks of his worth toward their cause. It is only after his companion, Patroclus, is killed that Achilles furiously returns to battle. What makes this book interesting is that it is narrated from the perspective of Patroclus, a character that comes and goes throughout the “Iliad.” The problem though is that there is too much of a focus on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. The novel spends so much time dedicated to developing the connection between these two characters, and seemingly much less time on the action within the war itself. Therefore the main crux of the book — the war — has much less significance. Also, while there are parts of this novel that are imaginative, creative and thoughtful, there are many moments where the writing is cringeworthy: “He seemed to swell beneath my touch, to ripen. He smelled like almonds and Earth. He pressed against me crushing my lips to wine.” Sections of this book like the quote above are terrible. It sometimes seems like your reading some sort of Greek Mythology soft-core porn. But if you can overlook that major flaw, it’s definitely entertaining. I’m just not sure that it serves justice to the classic original storyline..Score: 3/5

Amazing bookThis book was so unbelievably amazing, but it still left me broken. i felt like i had lost a member of my family when i finished. but i don’t regret reading it for a second. absolutely feel in love with the story and the characters. so beautifully written. i can’t say enough about it..Score: 5/5

AmazingOh my god. Read this book..Score: 5/5

No wordsJust read it. So beautiful so heartbreaking....wish I could read it again for the first time.Score: 5/5

I cried.This is the epitome of beautifully written. I knew from the start that this was a book that could make me cry and lo’ and behold. Every sentence is so impactful it could be the start and end of a book. The author captures so many different versions of love and you can’t help but grow immensely attached to the two. My words fall short for this masterpiece..Score: 5/5

This book broke me.It is the following day of finishing this book, and I still can not describe how broken I am. This book tore my heart into pieces, and yet I would read it all over again just to feel the same way. The author does a beautiful job of making you fall in love with how in love Achilles and Patroclus are, and also does a beautiful job of tearing apart your soul in the end. I can not give enough stars..Score: 5/5

Too good not to readThe best book I have read in a awhile. My heart breaks that it’s over but I am so glad I read this. “This and this and this..”.Score: 5/5

Amazing! Must readWow! Amazing, great read!.Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenI really love this book and the writing style is beautiful.Score: 5/5

Heartbreakingly Beautiful“What has Hector ever done to me?” I didn’t realize a book could hurt me so much, but I loved every page. The writing was simple but poetic and profound. Their relationship was genuine and evolved effortlessly. Knowing the end only makes it more emotional because of the subtle foreshadowing. It’s the kind of book that, as you analyze it afterwards, you realize it’s so much more than you first thought. I look forward to rereading it. *Check trigger warnings.Score: 5/5

Feeling hollow and full simultaneouslyRead this in a weeks time. A beautiful and powerful story of love and war. To follow one person from middle childhood to adulthood with so much trust, love and passion is such a way to show the intensity of it all. Enjoyed this read..Score: 5/5

I’m so depressed now in the best wayShattered my heart but reignited the middle school greek mythology obsession i had. so painfully and beautifully well written..Score: 5/5

So good words can’t begin to describe itI usually don’t find myself crying often for books and was very skeptical about liking it. However, the characters where written so beautiful that you really felt like you knew them. The ending actually broke me, had me crying for 2 hours straight, I loved it..Score: 5/5

Best book i have ever readThis book will get you involved in the characters so much. It will feel like your in the story and Patraculs is your best friend. At some points of the book since page one i wanted to go inside the story yanck out Patraculs and give him a huge hug and say its gonna be okay. This book ripped me to pieces and their is not a day that goes by without be thinking about Achilles and Patraculs!.Score: 5/5

The most authentic, beautiful writing + love storyA beautiful and wrenching love story, that I could not help but finish in one day! This book made me realise/remember how powerful, vigorous and beautiful love can be. The night afterwards, I couldn't help but replay Patroclus and Achilles' relationship over and over again in my head. From the beginning, I developed a great fondness for the two main characters of the book, both of whose redeeming qualities shone through immediately and intensely, so that the readers would root for them and swoon at their intimacy and connection throughout the tale. Their thoughts and feelings from boyhood to manhood, and the evolution of their relationship were all so incredibly authentic and real (from my (a woman's) perspective); the love that they bred was tender and divine. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read the MOST authentic, touching and the LEAST cheesy/cliche love story between two amazing characters. P.S. This is my new favourite book..Score: 5/5

Amazing book, and beautifully writtenThis book is so good and heart-wrenching. I was intrigued the entire time I read this, and still was when I read it for the second time. Achilles and Patroclus are the definition of soul mates, and their love is so strong you want nothing more than for them to be together and happy. Although the ending is devastating and WILL leave you feeling empty or broken, I think it’s an absolute must-read. 1000/10.Score: 5/5

AMAZINGEven though I know the outcome going into this, I am still bawling at 3AM in the morning.. 😭 I love Circe, but this will forever holds a special place in my heart 🥺.Score: 5/5

So good i’m cryingI’m genuinely sobbing right now i can barely see as i type but this is the best written thing i’ve read in a long type.Score: 5/5

Song of AchillesThe author pulls you in and you want to stay within the pages. Finished in one sitting.Score: 5/5

Interesting ReadThe story from the perspective of Patroclus, is different. I enjoyed it..Score: 4/5


SpeechlessAmazing book, worth the read!.Score: 5/5

Oh man...I haven’t found a book to really draw me in in a looooong time. I kept seeing this book as recommended on a lot of platforms, and have wanted to get back into reading, so I went for it. The sample made me want more so I bought it. You can not put the book down. It’s full of chaos and emotion. It’s absolutely beautiful and I was crying towards the end. I highly recommend this to all..Score: 5/5

The Song of AchillesI really, really wanted to enjoy this book-- after all, the hype surrounding it was crazy. I didn't mind the spin of them being lovers (I actually found it really interesting), but I had a hard time getting into the book. The writing felt subpar and the characters didn't feel enough in-depth. I really pushed myself to finish the book because of how heartbreaking people said it was, but by the time I flipped to the last page, all I could think was "Is that it?" The book just felt very repetitive and predictable..Score: 3/5

True LoveTo say this was a good book is an understatement. If you like tales of forbidden love, adventure, battles, and words of affection you will love this book. It shows the importance of loyalty and how fragile it can be. It will pull on your heart strings for sure. Definitely will read over and over and get tattoos of my favorite quotes..Score: 5/5

BeautifulThis book is everything and more. you will view the world differently in the days after reading it. it is perfect, gutwrenching, and lyrically written. you know what is going to happen but you keep hoping it won’t until the very end. this book makes you experience all of the human range of emotions from joy to sadness..Score: 5/5

What an amazing storyThe writing is excellent and the story is fascinating. Her writing style drew me in from the first page and I could not put it down..Score: 5/5

A brilliant “welcome back” to fictionI’ve struggled with pleasure reading for a long time, but I had no issues burning through this novel. I loved every page and fell deeper in love with the characters with the turn of ever page. I’m so excited for the author’s next book!.Score: 5/5

AmazingGreat storyline, easy read (I finished it in about 4.5 days), sad but good!.Score: 5/5

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My heart is shatteredI sobbed for an hour, this book will rip your heart out and smash it..Score: 5/5

Perfect ⭐️10/10.Score: 5/5

Must Read!Beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down. Make sure you have a box of tissues with you because you will feel every emotion that exists while reading this book..Score: 5/5

UnacceptableThe author brought me to ancient Greece, fed me figs, and abandoned me there..Score: 5/5

Wow!This book is a must read. Kept me wanting more. Well done..Score: 5/5


Fantastic and heartbreakingA must read - one of my absolute favourites..Score: 5/5

A++++ LGBT representationThis story is something of witchcraft. Absolute magic of a story and is an insight into historical LGBT relationships. Patroclus and Achilles may be my favourite story of all time.Score: 5/5

BrilliantThis book was absolutely amazing. Sweet yet tear-jerking, I envy those who get to read this a first time..Score: 5/5

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