Xuhui Z.

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  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • Autor: Madeline Miller
  • Sprecher: Frazer Douglas
  • Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 15 Min.
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  • Sprecher
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  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely stunning and with the pathos so tangible it verges on being a real epic.

  • Von Xuhui Z. Am hilfreichsten 04.05.2018

Absolutely stunning and with the pathos so tangible it verges on being a real epic.

5 out of 5 stars
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Rezensiert am: 04.05.2018

It makes you realise what price must be paid to be sung by all prosperity; It sheds light on how inseparable fame and vanity are; and it shows how inexorably impossible it is to be both heroic and happy.
Patroclus was only a mortal, and his fate, just like that of all other mortals, was determined by the gods. Yet maybe it was the gods’ intention, or simply by chance, the utmost significance of his humble existence does not lie in his role of inducing Achilles to kill and gain the glory of the best warrior. His existence made all the difference, because it ensures that Achilles will not be remembered only as a famous cold-blooded butcher on the battlefield in his grief, but his beauty, the way he smiles and plays the lyre, his gentleness and kindness shown in his love towards his “most beloved” — that he was no god, but rather a man of flesh and blood; a man who was born not merely to fulfill a vacant prophecy, but just as well for human emotion and sentiment, and humanity itself.
He was not a god, and thank heaven he was not. Patroclus made him stick to being human, which he definitely should pride himself on, for this, and only this, would have the power to make hearts tremble, and tears spill.

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