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The Song of Achilles

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A new take on the Iliad written by a high school classics teacher how could I not To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey read this The Song of Achillesetells the story of Greece s greatest hero from the point of view of his best friend Patroclus The big twist Madeline Miller casts the story as a Punk Pedagogies in Practice 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 perfect sense and tracing the friendship and eventualomance 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 player on the team and throws a tantrum if he gets 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 a privileged child to a sensitive teen to a young man struggling to balance his personal feelings with the expectations of an entire country If you ve Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education 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 toead about these characters the same way again and that s a good thing Reading The Song of Achilles put a new light on this ancient story It was like watching a Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated really good interpretation of a Shakespeare play You think you know the story but youe surprised to find how many layers of new meaning can be brought out by a smart productionThe book is certainly appropriate for YA and up The prose is elegant in its simplicity Miller gives Patroclus a Hemmingway like directness I ead a New York Times eview of this book which I thought patently unfair complaining that the style made the book seem like a fast food version of the Iliad I think this misses the whole 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 the pompous 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 ead 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 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 ead The Iliad twice and plan to Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492–1763 read it many times if the Gods grant me enough time to do so Aeimagining 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 ead 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 edolent 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 Berlin Cabaret read so I easily dissuaded myself from giving it much thought Deciding toead Galatea would also mean that I would need to ead 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 esistance came from the fact that I m not a big fan of Achilles He might have been The Greatest resistance came from the fact that I m not a big fan of Achilles He might have been The Greatest 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 Beasts and Savages really want toead 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 Beebo Brinker raised Nadalesue eyebrow I thought to myself now Circe is someone I don t know nearly enough about The five stareviews started The Future of the Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads 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 theesult of those love poison tipped arrows Regardless does it matter the Manual of Forensic Science: An International Survey reason why Even in an addled state there is no way I would ever confuse great writing for poorly conceived writing As I waseading 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 Das Vermächtnis des Rings: Neue fantastische Geschichten J. R. R. Tolkien zu Ehren rape The Greek Gods want toeward Peleus for being such a good subject and decide that he should be being such a good subject and decide that he should be 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 Die Stadt der Tiere: Ein Tierkrimi 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 beingampant assaulters of unsuspecting pink cheeked mortal maidens have no compunction about advocating ape 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 of the greatest warrior Patroclus is after all ather atwelleverything It doesn t matter though because Achilles is good enough at everything for the both of them Thetis is El show de Grossman 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 isather 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 ewarded in the prose and poetry of hisher telling of the tale Achilles and Patroclus by Bar. 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 ights their paths should never cross Yet one day Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship. Ry JC PurvesHomer skates around the closeness between Achilles and Patroclus although much can be Plato and the Power of Images 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 overteference to a homosexual A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan relationship Homer may have been blind but his ears must have heard theustling of the The House by the Thames: And The People Who Lived There 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 Iesisted it turns out that Madeline Miller was writing these books for me She has also given me a burning desire to Professor Unrat read The Iliad again while her interpretation is still imprinted so deeply in my mind I have a feeling myeading experience will be deepened and her observations will glow like phosphorus between the linesIf you wish to see of my most Kämpfer Der Hoffnung: Wie Ich Den Kindern Madagaskars Eine Zukunft Gab recent book and movieeviews visithttpwwwjeffreykeetencomI also have a Facebook blogger page at 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 Tell the Machine Goodnight rather than writing a censored version of the story which stank of homophobia Achilles and Patroclus were passionately in love whichesulted in their Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis and Clark's Missouri River 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 wasushed 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 eliant on each other Their sexual elationship just matured as they did it it was the most natural thing in the world Like all elationships 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 ampage 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 eally feel the desperate age 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 Ninth City Burning romance plot in here is one of the truest and believable I veead to date it was strong and The Extras real However this is not to downplay the other aspects of the story It is driven byomance 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 Özgüven Öğrenilebilir review Anybody who has seen it andead this book Deutsche Sagen really shouldn t be putting the two side by side at least not if they want to make theireview 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 eason to Endure The Emotional And Stunning the emotional and stunning of this story for a third time but here i am crying for my sweet sweet patroclus the best of men 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nearly 12 hours since i this and i still am at a loss for words at the beauty of this book i dont think i have ever ead 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 its praises until the end of my days every star to give patroclus his own constellation Achilles Who was he if not miraculous and Our Yanks radiant Who was he if not destined for fame Reading this is likeeading Romeo and Juliet We all know the story We all know the outcome We all know that our desperate prayers 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 prepared for how much I caredThis is the story of the fall of Troy Or ather a part 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 petty gods Of a proud greedy people engaged in a prolonged bloody war So often in historical fiction from this time period 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 this book in blood and suffering It is awash with pain 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 ape mentioned almost offhand because to these characters this behavior is commonplace 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 emember 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 pages of this book She humanized these mythical beings in a way That Made Them Seem made them seem 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 eaders within its pages so enchanting them with what they find within that they forget that the eal world lurks without waiting for their eturn 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 West Winds of Wyoming read the first 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% percent in yes I looked it up P when I first started to cry. 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 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 Patrocluselationship though Even though she never went into detail never actually let them say that they loved each other it was still palpable in every single moment they shared together Those moments were so precious 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 piled up and up and up until all I was able to feel was dread By the end of the book I was The Necessary Art of Persuasion reduced to a sobbing and crying nervous wreck and the final sentence was like a dagger in my heart In other wordsThis was exceptionally painful and utterly devastating BUTit was also so damn good and worth every second of 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 tead it if you still want to ead 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 ead it Achilles my beautiful innocent and na ve boy Jeez I loved him so much He was every bit the hero people believed him to be and most of the time he actually did the Courting Scandal 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 myeaction was the same as Patroclus I mean I knew what Achilles did I m a geek emember but eading it the way Madeline Miller wrote it Boy it destroyed me There was this wonderful perfect Keys to Drawing righteous honourable intelligent innocent and honest golden boy and then the war over Troy tainted him transformed him and made him an entirely different person The true tragedy about this all is that he never even wanted to take part in the war he was or less forced into it and I think looking at it inetrospective a life as a normal person would have been 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 his path 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 May Day ridicule the scorpion s tail hidden in his words He said what he meant he was puzzled if you did not Some people 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 gloryise 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 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 Eurodeutsch - Untersuchungen Zu Europaismen Und Internationalismen Im Deutschen Wortschatz: Eine Arbeit Aus Der Perspektive Der Eurolinguistik Am Beispiel Von Zeitungen Aus Deutschland, Osterreich, Der Schweiz Und Sudtirol returned His shouldersise and fall on a long breath Do not say that he says until you have heard the Grundriss Der Kolloidchemie (Classic Reprint) rest of what I have done Patroclus I went to Peleus I knelt before him on a woolug woven bright with purple He started to speak but i was too uick for him one of was too uick for him One of hands went to clasp his knees the other eached upward to seize his chin with my hand The pose of supplication It was a gesture I had seen many times but had never made myself I was under his protection 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 won I feel much And perhaps my best was won I feel so much And perhaps my 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 ead 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 Dating Habits for Happiness: The 9 Daily Success Habits To Change Your Bad Behavior, Attract Women Effortlessly, Become More Disciplined Be Happier 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 Deareaders brace yourself as you open the first page This is unlike anything I ve ever ead before It certainly is grander than I expected it to be and the love story a thousand times poignant Plus since I had no prior 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 possess Achilles on the other hand however mortal he may be and so prone to weakness of judgement and power is harder to connect with But he is impressive and ultimately good that s for sure I am pleased to have ead 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 Soul of Sin 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 avidomance Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say reader Oftentimes theomance will be my least favorite aspect of a given story but for some For Death Comes Softly reason this one struck me straight in the feels There was something so pure and confident in their love They were loyal brave and kind to one another in a way that had meeaching for the tissues instead of choking down my mirth I just knew from my level of attachment that this one wasn t going to end well for me I was fully anticipating to end up as a puddle on the floor I was overwhelmed by the intensity of feeling this story was able to elicit from my cold dark heart The Ice ueen hath meltethIf you are considering eading this yourself for whatever eason I cannot Here's Luck recommend the audiobook enough This narrator absolutely nailed the feeling of the story His voices for all characters was just so expressive and was alwaysecognizable for who he was portraying at the time In particular his voice when speaking as Achilles straight up Chris Hemsworth Honestly not a bad picture to have in mind whilst listening to a bookTo sum it all up READ THIS BOOK The world would indeed be a better place if this book were Colorado Bodyguard reuiredeading I honestly believe that Epi. 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 eady he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of FateProfoundly moving and breathtakingly original this endering 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. ,