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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 booklet i couldn't positioned down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” publicizes Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, concerning The music of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s exciting, profoundly relocating, and totally certain retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan conflict. A story of gods, kings, immortal repute, 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 event, an epic love tale, a marvelously conceived and completed 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 savour this unforgettable trip again to old Greece within the Age of Heroes.

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Aunt Hilda was playing the piano. ) Aunt Virginia was writing a poem. ) Mutti Leticia was helping the cook prepare tamales in the coastal style. ) Grandfather Felipe put on his glasses and went over the accounts. ) And the silent grandmother, Cosima, rocked softly in the rocking chair brought from Louisiana instead of Mexico City. (I wanted to tell Felipe that I too was of this country, that was all; as soon as I arrived and met him, I understood that I was his last concession to his German past; why he chose me, I still don’t know; why he loves me so, I hope it isn’t to make up for my unfortunate adventure on the Perote highway; he’s never made me feel he’s sorry for me—on the contrary, he’s loved me with a real man’s passion, our daughters were conceived with a shameless, foulmouthed passion that no one who knows us could imagine.

I asked a gringo in our team; he answered by shrugging his shoulders and not even glancing at the plethora of tulips, chrysanthemums, lilies, and gladiolas displayed on the four sides of the patio—which we crossed with a speed that both the team and I imposed on ourselves. Television and movies are the kind of work you want to get away from fast, as soon as quitting time comes. Unfortunately, those who live on such work can imagine nothing else to do with their lives but to go on filming one day after another after another … we’re here to work.

Leticia fell in love with this strange bird from the port, who always wore jacket, vest, tie, and tiepin, and whose only concession to the heat was a round straw hat—what the English called a boater, as Aunt Virginia noted, striking a resonant chord in her sister’s Anglophile suitor. The Kelsens, married by mail, did not impede this “love match,” as Mr. Díaz insisted on calling it; he was a man of English readings and influences, which Felipe Kelsen thought was good for helping to erase the German influence.

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