Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men, their bond blossoms into something far deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. 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 between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned.
©2011 Madeline Miller (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
"A beautiful story is expanded and made real."
This song gives flesh and bone to an old story, Heroes have, glory, honour and love, and we have this book to remember and expand one of the great stories of men, women and gods.
The language is modern but beautifully lyrical used.
Patroclus introduces himself from the union of his parents, and expands the tale farther than human frailty would permit, but he never is anything but real and human, that credit goes to Madeline Miller whose love for this character gives us the pleasure of rediscovering, a world where destiny is inescapable, gods are openly meddlesome in the affairs of men and Centaurs educate young men in the arts of war, medicine, and philosophy.
This book explores openly the love Patroclus had for Achilles and vice versa, no excuses are made but it is delivered in a very tasteful way, because this book is about love not sexual titillation or exploitation, the motivations are of the heart and Eros is always more prevalent than Cupid in all the relationships.
"A wonderful take on the Trojan war and lead-up"
This book was fantastic. It was beautifully written and read, and drew me in right from the start. I have to admit to not knowing much about this area of history/mythology, but it really brought it to life for me. It's written from the point of view of Petoclus, and starts with his childhood and banishment, right through to and following his death. It is written in a very accessible way - highlighting the relationships and emotions of the key characters and making them very real. I had a bit of a lump in my throat a few times, I'm not ashamed to say! Highly recommended.
David Thorpe is a very good narrator, and this performance is no exception.
"gripping and beautiful"
This is so well written and such a gripping story it is worth getting. Has made me laugh and cry! The narration is clear and easy to get into. Though I am not sure the plot is everyone's cup of tea if you are even vaguely interested give it a go
Despite this book centering around male characters, as a woman I was able to relate to them and the main themes in the book. The story was thrilling and enjoyable, and the language well chosen in conveying the emotional content. I would highly recommend this read, and the narration was excellent.
I was hoping for good writing. I found it. This book is lyrical and yet direct, astonishingly beautiful and well read too. It is also a work of great imagination throughout; the last scenes of war and loss are so rich with depth and with sadness that I am in Ms Miller's debt... she has enriched me.
I recommend this one warmly: I like what Miller does with Homer's story very much. Despite being a tiny bit suspicious about any attempt to read modern sexual categories into a world where they do not belong, I was won over completely by her telling of the love story: tender but not mawkish, and the scenes of lovemaking don't for a minute seem out of place. Thorpe is a good reader for the most part (his Patroclus stutters more than is necessary, and he mispronounces Iphigenia...), but the voice he gives Odysseus is very good indeed.
"Inspiring and beautiful"
I found this deeply moving as well as elegantly written. The scene where the young men finally come together was so true! A masterly novel.
A fantastic story, told simply and beautifully read. Well worth a listen - you won't regret it :)
"Greek myth re-told"
I wouldn't list it among my favourites, but it's a good book.
The first romance scene between Achilles and his lover.
He puts emotion into his reading.
Same as the book.
This is the siege of Troy as seen through the eyes of Patroclas, Achilles/s lover and companion. The author also gives us a fascinating glimpse into their early lives. I'd have liked more details about the physical relationship. That could have been more powerful, but Achilles is painted as a flawed man, perhaps his redeeming feature, his love for Patroclas. Patroclas is brave and loyal and in my opinion, the true hero of the book.
"Wonderful retelling of the story of Achilles"
Beautiful tale of the Greek hero and the siege of Troy, told by Patroclus Achilles' lover. The reading is sensitive and warm. Absolute perfection.
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