Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, the boys develop a tender friendship, a bond which blossoms into something deeper as they grow into young men.
Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles is her first novel and was the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.
My hometown paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ran an article today reviewing the three translations of the Iliad that are out this fall, by Stephen Mitchell, Anthony Verity and Richard Lattimore (not new, but updated with new notes). I am very much enjoying reading and comparing them all, especially alongside another new Iliad-inspired piece, Alice Oswald’s…Read More
Thursday, September 29th, 2011. The Guardian‘s Natalie Haynes reviewed The Song of Achilles. Here’s an excerpt: “Miller spent 10 years writing this book, yet her smooth prose conceals the painstaking research she has clearly put into it. This is a deeply affecting version of the Achilles story: a fully three-dimensional man – a son, a…Read More
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. I am home again after an absolutely terrific tour abroad, including a launch party hosted by the marvelous Clerkenwell Tales in London. It was such a treat to get to meet the owner, Peter Ho–it is truly a place “run by booklovers, for booklovers.” After London, I headed off to South…Read More