The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

Miller most deservedly won the 2012 Orange Prize for this reimaging of Homer’s Iliad. The old tale gets personal as we see Patroclus and Achilles as children. Miller returns Achilles to his godlike status while also giving us a human portrait of Homer’s dynamic, often cruel hero. When the still innocent Achilles asks, “What is Hector to me?” those familiar with the poem receive chills and those new to this world sense the impending doom. Patroclus too is given new depth, moving from a barbaric youth, to the unexpected favorite of a goddess’s son, to a loyal and loving companion. Miller masterfully ages the characters and the narrative, causing all of us to mourn the slaughtered innocence in the wake of war.

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ISBN: 9780062060617
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Published: Ecco - March 6th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Love in a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford

The Mitford family is most deserving of its legendary status in the 20th century, and Nancy Mitford is definitely deserving of the beautiful releases of her hilarious and thought provoking novels. Exhausted by the passionate affairs of her worldly travels, Mitford’s Polly is a world weary sophisticate with a secret. The prose is animated and skeptical of the opulence it describes. Far from being depressing, however, Mitford smiles upon her characters’ quirks and dramas, allowing the chips to fall in the most unusual places.
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ISBN: 9780307740823
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Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

The Dud Avocado - Elaine Dundy

Loss of innocence abroad is a favorite topic of American writers. Dundy covers this theme without bitterness and her protagonist Sally Jay Gorce is a woman of experience before she experiences anything. Let loose to live life in France she encounters cruelty, success as an artist, a lost passport, and every hilarious and uncomfortable relationship known to humanity. She is critical and forgiving of herself and others, shrewdly perceptive enough to spot the disaster and wide-eyed enough to walk into it regardless. Spend a couple of days with Dundy’s book and you will experience Sally Jay Gorce, womanhood, and the postmodern mindset on the cusp of maturity.

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ISBN: 9781590172322
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 5th, 2007

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