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By Madeline Miller

“At as soon as a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly unique murals through a really gifted new novelist….A e-book i couldn't placed down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” broadcasts Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, bearing on The music of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s exciting, profoundly relocating, and completely particular retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan struggle. A story of gods, kings, immortal status, 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 event, an epic love tale, a marvelously conceived and carried out page-turner, Miller’s huge debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from a few of modern fiction’s brightest lights—and lovers 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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ALICIA. Oh, when you know it! But you must divine Adela's shrine. CRASSUS. I am weary of Adela grown chaste and chill. ALICIA. The hunter lags; how heavy is the hill! But you are bound to Adela. CRASSUS. To you! ALICIA. But you have given me freedom. I will leave you. CRASSUS. What have I done to grieve you? 30 ALICIA. You have been the solemn fool with face awry That I have gathered in my ecstasy. You are only a vulgar primrose I have plucked. CRASSUS. At least, she-devil, you have been well-treated.

Dive then, but softly. Scarcely draw your breath. CRASSUS. O, she's unwary! ALICIA. Is your love forgotten? CRASSUS. All love is rotten. 38 ALICIA. But your pure love for me you boasted of? CRASSUS. Ay, that was perfect love. ALICIA. You love me then, not her? CRASSUS. Indeed I do. ALICIA. Swear me the oath anew! CRASSUS. I swear to love you till the world shall end. ALICIA. Then, Crassus, I will always be your friend. CRASSUS. Ah, that is good! You do not mock me now! ALICIA. Creep softly to the land.

ALICIA. One yard. CRASSUS. You always mock me? ALICIA. Pity of my youth! I swerve not from, you stumble at, the truth. CRASSUS. I like not jests. This is a serious journey. 32 ALICIA. Why did you make a mocker your attorney? The way to Rome leads through the Apennines. Bacchus has horns beneath the crown of vines. If you fear horns, make some polite excuse Not to invoke him by the name Zagreus! A FAUN (Passing among the trees). Ye thought me a lamb With a crown of thorns; I am royal, a ram With death in my horns.

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