Madeline Miller is an American author and novelist, best known for her books 'The Song of Achilles' and 'Circe'. Both novels are reinterpretations of characters and themes from ancient Greek mythology. 'The Song of Achilles', her debut novel, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012, and 'Circe' was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2019. Miller's work is celebrated for its lyrical prose and rich storytelling that brings new life to classical tales.
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The novel is a reimagining of the ancient Greek epic of the Trojan War, told from the perspective of Patroclus, an exiled young prince who becomes the beloved companion of Achilles, the greatest warrior of his age. Their deep bond and affection for one another transform into a powerful love that defies the expectations of their society and the will of the gods. As they grow into men, their fates become increasingly intertwined with the legendary conflict at Troy, where honor, sacrifice, and destiny culminate in a poignant and tragic conclusion. The story explores themes of heroism, glory, and the humanizing effects of love against the backdrop of war and the capricious whims of immortals.
The novel is a reimagining of the life of Circe, a minor goddess and witch from Homer's Odyssey. Born into the house of Helios, god of the sun, Circe is scorned by her family and turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover her powers of witchcraft. After transforming her mortal lover into a sea monster, she is banished to a deserted island by Zeus. Over the centuries, she hones her magical abilities, encounters famous mythological beings, and struggles with her immortality, loneliness, and desire for love and freedom.