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Madeline Miller (1) (1978–)

Autor(a) de The Song of Achilles

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About the Author

Madeline Miller is a novelist who was born in 1978 in Boston. She earned her Bachelor's and Masters Degrees in Classics from Brown University. She soon began teaching Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students. She also took classes at the University of Chicago's Committee on Socila mostrar mais Thought and at the Yale School of Drama. Her debut novel,The Song of Achilles, was released in 2011. It won the 17th annual Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2013 Chautauqua Prize. Her next title, Circe, made the bestseller list in 2018. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuinte — 276 cópias


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"Shakespeare-esq things in the news" em The Globe: Shakespeare, his Contemporaries, and Context (Janeiro 2022)
Le Salon reads the Iliad em Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (Abril 2020)
GROUP READ - The Song of Achilles em 2013 Category Challenge (Junho 2013)
The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller em World Reading Circle (Fevereiro 2013)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller em Orange January/July (Julho 2012)


“Let the stories of him be something more...I am made of memories...the memories well up like spring water, faster than I can hold them back. They do not come as words, but like dreams, rising as scent from the rain-wet earth” (367).

The Song of Achilles is a story of two heroes—known and unknown—and one love fated for tragedy but reunited by memory. This timeless story is less about the known hero’s glory and pride and more about the unknown hero’s kindness and humility. It’s about an intimacy and a love that would move Patroclus to reject all things, seeking only glory and honor and fame for Achilles—nothing for himself—and that would move Achilles to invite death, seeking only to be reunited with his love in the afterlife.

Told through the point of view of the unknown hero, Patroclus is Achilles’ moral compass. While Achilles grows into his god-like, warrior persona, Patroclus chooses medicine over weapons, healing over killing, humility over pride. Throughout their not-so-well hidden love affair, Patroclus invites Achilles into this humanity, allowing him to be more than the killing machine he was made to be. He encourages Achilles in beauty and music, encourages kindness to those he is naturally indifferent to, encourages him to rescue war-slave girls; and even in death, the grief over losing Patroclus, encourages him to return and honor Hector’s body. In the end, Patroclus’ love allows him to see the best in Achilles—not the faults that led to cruelty and death—and it is the telling of these memories that finally releases his soul from wandering among the living to finally resting in the shadow of Achilles.
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lizallenknapp | outras 505 resenhas | Apr 20, 2024 |
BurlingtonComLibrary | outras 476 resenhas | Apr 20, 2024 |
I was brought up on Greek myths. I knew the lot, and read and re-read them constantly (I was a Latin teacher's daughter, after all). So I was half looking forward to, half wary of this book. Would it be a re-hash , and disrespectful one at that, of some of my favourite stories?

Well, no. Miller is steeped in these legends, as I was. But she has considered them, and thought how it might actually feel to be a god, a nymph, and above all a woman in Ancient Greek and Olympian society.

Circe, immortal Circe tells her story through the hundreds of years of her life. She's known Prometheus; Daedalus and Icarus; Ariadne and the Minotaur; Jason of Golden Fleece fame, and most importantly, Odysseus, and has stories about all of them. She herself, a bit of a misfit to Helios, her sun god father and her naiad mother, is eventually exiled to the uninhabited island of Aeaea, where she discovers and then hones her skills as a witch. We witness her growing independence; her satisfactions as she develops her spells; her joys and loneliness. She takes lovers as they come her way, but never abandons herself to them: self-protection matters. She's to some extent realistic about their - and her faults, but is to a large extent blind to the shortcomings of her next-to-last lover, Odysseus.

Her struggles with the powers of the gods, with those characters who come her way over the centuries are interesting psychological battles. Though in many ways the last section of the book, in which the story between herself, Penelope, Telemachus and her own son Telegonus resolves itself, is a little too neat: more contrived than I found the rest of the story.

I enjoyed this treatment of tales with which I was once familiar: their weaving into one satisfactory narrative. Most of all, I enjoyed the development of the character of loner, out-of-step Circe, all but outcast in her younger years, but growing to effective independence over the decades of her isolation from the world of the gods.
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Margaret09 | outras 476 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
Circe, a character from Mythology is represented here as a feminist heroine. Exiled and abandoned, she lives an independent life, defending herself against mortals and gods. Beautifully written.
I have to admit, I don't know a lot about Greek mythology. The book includes a "cast of characters", including Olympians, Titans, humans, and monsters. The book has inspired an interest in reading more about these characters! I also enjoyed listening to an interview with the author in which she describes her reasons for choosing to write about Circe, and also recommends further reading.… (mais)
Chrissylou62 | outras 476 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |


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