By Madeline Miller

“At as soon as a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly unique murals by means of an exceptionally gifted new novelist….A booklet i couldn't positioned down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” announces Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, bearing on The tune of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s exciting, profoundly relocating, and totally targeted retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan conflict. A story of gods, kings, immortal popularity, and the human center, The track 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 completed page-turner, Miller’s enormous debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from a few of modern fiction’s brightest lights—and enthusiasts of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome sequence will relish this unforgettable trip again to historical Greece within the Age of Heroes.

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Sometimes we brought shotguns and threw clay pigeons for each other out over the drop-off. ” Caroline frowned, teasing him with her disapproval. “We didn’t do that very often,” Branden said. “Mostly we’d hike the creek bottoms down below. There’s a bass pond down there in the tangles, and we’d fish for our dinner. ” “I guess you’re going to tell me you ate frog legs, too,” Caroline sighed. “Delicious,” Branden said emphatically. ” He gazed into the distance, dwelling on memories. Eventually he said, “It hasn’t changed up here in all those years.

Cal sighed. ” “And you’re banking that it was only a temporary lapse,” Branden said. “I’d stake my life on it,” Cal answered, eyes leveled confi­ dently at his friend. “So you’ve said. Look, Cal,” Branden said, “you’ve got to admit. Whatever else you might say about David Hawkins, on that night in the jail, he cracked. ” “Because I’ve measured the depth of his conversion. ” “Indeed,” Cal answered. ” “All right, then let’s start with the girl. I’ve got to have some­ thing to go on, Cal,” Branden argued.

I haven’t spoken to Cal in several weeks, but I expect I’ll see him at our usual pond some­ time this afternoon. Probably about three or four. Maybe later. ” Niell asked. “Not for several weeks, maybe more,” Branden said and waited. He glanced over to Caroline and looked back to Niell. ” Branden looked at Caroline again, curious, and said to Niell, “Like anyone else, we read about it in the papers. Convict re­ leased from a New Jersey prison. Broke in late at night and shot her. ” “Captured by a retired security guard,” Niell said.

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