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London Historical Fiction Book Group Message Board › Madeline Miller - The Song of Achilles - Event at Blackwells - Tues 4 Sept

Madeline Miller - The Song of Achilles - Event at Blackwells - Tues 4 Sept

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Our September book, "The Song of Achilles", is the topic of an event at Blackwells, Charing Cross Road, on Tuesday 4 September at 6.30pm. See details below.

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Madeline Miller: The Song of Achilles
Tuesday 4th September at 6.30pm
100 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JG[/url]

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, Madeline Miller's rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart. Set in Greece, the novel tells the story of a love affair between Achilles and Patroclus. She has said "the idea that Patroclus and Achilles were lovers is quite old", citing Plato as a major influence. "Many Greco-Roman authors read their relationship as a romantic one - it was a common and accepted interpretation in the ancient world. We even have a fragment from a lost tragedy of Aeschylus, where Achilles speaks of his and Patroclus' 'frequent kisses.'"

Miller became transfixed by Achilles after her mother read the Iliad to her when she was younger. She also found Patroclus "tantalizing" because he is a minor character that later had a "big impact" on the outcome of the Trojan War. The writer used classical texts by Ovid, Virgil, Sophocles, Apollodorus, Euripides and Aeschylus to help her with the plot, as well as accounts of Achilles' childhood friendship with Patroclus and his martial training. Miller also uses quotes from Homer in the text.

This event, like all of our in-store events is completely free, but please email­ to reserve your place.
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