By Madeline Miller
“At as soon as a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly unique murals through a very gifted new novelist….A e-book i couldn't placed down.”
“Mary Renault lives again!” proclaims Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, bearing on The tune of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s exciting, profoundly relocating, and totally certain retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan struggle. A story of gods, kings, immortal popularity, and the human middle, The music of Achilles is a stunning literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed experience, an epic love tale, a marvelously conceived and performed page-turner, Miller’s huge debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from a few of modern fiction’s brightest lights—and fanatics of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome sequence will get pleasure from this unforgettable trip again to historic Greece within the Age of Heroes.
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But what kind of race is it, when the racers never let go of each other's hands, and the winner pulls the loser laughing over the finish line? No, Bean was being childish because he had no idea how to go about being manly, and so it was Petra's job to help him figure it out. She reached out and caught his other hand and pulled his arms around her, then stood on tiptoe and kissed him. Mostly on the chin, because he recoiled a little, but it was a kiss nonetheless, and after a moment of consternation, Bean's arms pulled her a little closer and his lips managed to find hers while suffering only a few minor nose collisions.
But he gave little sign that he recognized Petra's feelings toward him. Indeed, now that he was taller than her, he acted as though he thought of her as an annoying little sister And that really pissed her off. Yet she was determined not to leave him-and not because she depended on him for her own survival, either. She feared that the moment he was completely on his own, he would embark on some reckless plan to sacrifice his own life to put an end to Achilles's, and that would be an unbearable outcome, at least to Petra.
That's nice," she said, reaching her arms around his back. "It's not nice at all," said Bean. " "I asked for it," she said. " "That's the best plan," she said. " "You know what I meant," said Bean. " He groaned impatiently and pulled away from her, paced irritably in a circle, and then came right back to her and kissed her again. "I've wanted to do that practically the whole time we've been traveling together" "I could tell," she said. " He held her again. An elderly couple passed by. The man looked disapproving, as if he thought these foolish young people should find a more private place for their kissing and hugging.