The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

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This epic retelling of the legend of Achilles follows Patroclus and Achilles, the golden son of King Peleus, as they, skilled in the arts of war and medicine, lay siege to Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped — a cause that tests their friendship and forces them to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, Madeline Miller's debut novel, The Song of Achilles, recasts the legend at the center of Homer's The Iliad. It's told from the perspective of Patroclus, an exiled Greek prince who is adopted by Achilles' father, Peleus, and becomes a passionate childhood friend and eventual lover to Achilles. But as the two skilled warriors attack Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped,

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