Give Away… The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

I don’t only like to share books I love with you by writing about them, when I can I also really like to give you the chance to win some of them too. Well, thanks to the lovely people at Bloomsbury (who I think I am having coffee with on Wednesday when I come back to London for the day) I have five copies of ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller, which you may have noticed from yesterdays post I loved rather a lot.

All five copies are kindly available internationally so wherever you are in the world (as I am aware you Savidge Readers come from all over the shop) you have a chance to get this fabulous book. If you love a really good story and wonderful writing you are in for a treat.

All you have to do is let me know what myth, legend or fairytale is your favourite and why? Or which character from one of these tales is your favourite. Leave the answers in the above post, looking forward to seeing which ones you have enjoyed!

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25 responses to “Give Away… The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

  1. Sharkell

    It has to be The Snow Child after reading this fabulous book by Eowyn Ivey! I’m waiting for The Song of Achilles from my local library but would love to own it instead.

  2. Lydia

    The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales are excellent bedtime stories. I like the non-Disney versions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Hansel and Gretel is always evil fun,

  3. One of my favorite myths might have to be about Prometheus’ punishment and how he gave us fire. Anyone how defies Zeus is ok in my book. The way he’s chained to the rock and torn open every day was gruesome for a younger mind like mine (at the time of first reading the myth).

    The Song of Achilles seems like such a great book from what you’ve said about it. I’m going to definitely write it down on my to be read list, and maybe I’ll win a copy. Thank you for the chance.

  4. not really a favorite fairytale, but more my favorite tragedy: the myth of echo. you should look it up, it’s heartbreaking.

    of course i’m hoping to win a copy of this book – i’ve always been a fan of greek mythology. it’s lovely that you get to give away copies.

    (this is winterlief.blogspot.com by the way. can’t leave wit my blogger-account.)

  5. Tania

    Oh, I don’t know if I can pick just one! But I was always very fond of Snow White, as she was a brunette. As a dark haired girl myself, I always thought there were far too many blondes in fairy tales.

    Also I loved Leon Garfield’s “The God Beneath the Sea” and Beowulf (Seamus Heaney trans.). And the Baba Yaga. Oh, so many to choose from…

  6. I also, like Sharkell, loved The Snow Child but I’m more of a traditionalist (okay, let’s cut to the chase – I’m old-fashioned!) and love my Grim’s Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersons and the like. My favovourite is probably Hansel and Gretel, with the nasty old witch living in her edible house, designed to lure and trap innocents. I’ve loved this type of character in my books since I was a child and still enjoy a mean, old nasty witch thirty odd years of reading later!

  7. My favourite mythological story is Oedipus Rex. Its influence on modern literature and film has been huge and it’s (most importantly) it’s a great tale.

  8. LauraC

    I love the stories in the Odyssey. I have just picked up The Snow Child from the library (after waiting forever for it! I did send a copy to my daughter, the fairy-tale lover, for her birthday) and have The Song of Achilles on hold (it will be another long wait.) I would love to own it!

  9. I dont know whether Merlin will count! Love his elfin look.

  10. Albion

    For me its The Wierdstone of Brasingamen by Alan Garner, set on and around Alderley Edge close to my childhood home, Alan Garner made the local landmarks magical for me.

    I could almost hear the breathing of King Arthur’s knights as they slept under The Edge every time I visited – secretly wishing the ates would appear to me !

    The evoking of such imagery that has stayed with me to this day, made me drink the book in multiple times as a child. I still hope to find those gates one day !

    Cadellin the wizard of the edge was my favourite character, stoical t with a sense of humour and of course the guardian of England’s last hope.

    Guess I will be digging it out again to revisit an old friend.

  11. This looks like my kind of book. I have a Greek partner, so I think I’ll score lots of brownie points!

  12. Liz

    Repeating comment on 4/28 post: Edith Hamilton’s book of Greek myths hooked me early, although Arthurian tales are close running seconds.

  13. mee

    I’ve been thinking to get this book so I would love a copy :). My favorite fairy tale is probably the Little Mermaid, since it’s the saddest story I have ever known, and I was so mad when Disney diluted down the story so much it almost lost all the elements from the original HC Andersen’s story!

  14. I love this book! I bought a Kindle ebook but I’d love to have a real copy for my book shelves, so please enter me in the contest. Thanks for the wonderful interview.

  15. Kristen M.

    The Odyssey has been my favorite for many years. There’s just something about a well-written journey …

  16. Sue N

    I second the Alan Garner. As a child I haunted the school library for any and all mythology, this led on one occasion to a book entitled ‘the Gods are not Mocked’ which turned out to be an adult book that had slipped through the net with some very adult scenes. It was passed around my class with one particular section becoming grub bier and grub bier.

  17. I was drawn more to fairytales rather than myths as a child and would read whatever I could find in my school’s library, delving into the more traditional versions of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Of course, my absolute favorite was The Twelve Dancing Princesses – not one you see much repeated. There was something completely mysterious and vaguely dark about the twelve princesses who could never sleep since they had to dance every night. Now, as an adult, the more sexual overtones are clear, but it’s always interesting what children find fascinating, with or without understanding the more “adult” themes.

    • Ann P

      I thought I’d left a reply mentioning Snow-White and Rose-Red and a recent adaptation of the story – Tender Morsels. However it seems to have vanished so I’ll try again.

  18. Alison

    I have always found something intriguing about the myth of Sisyphus, after these words at the beginning of Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Francaise:

    To lift such a heavy weight,
    Sisyphus, you will need all your courage.
    I do not lack the courage to complete the task
    But the goal is far and the time is short.

    I would love to read Song of Achilles, I love The Iliad!

  19. I love the Greek myths, especially the tale of Persephone. I remember feeling how tragic it was, how close she was to freedom only to be pulled back in the last moment (a bit like Orpheus and Eurydice). My favourite is a tie between Apollo (‘cos he’s golden) and Poseidon (‘cos he possesses a trident).

  20. workingwords100

    Legend – El Tunchi
    From the Peruvian side of the Amazon River

    If you hear this little bird, someone close to you will die.

    No one ever sees it, but it’s so scary that grown men tremble.

  21. I always loved “Beauty and the Beast” ever since I saw a made-for-TV movie of it as a kid. There was something about Beauty’s unselfishness and ability to see past someone’s looks to his heart that called to me.

  22. I am a great fan of classical myths and legends from all cultures to which most of my friends can attest to, so I find it hard to narrow a favorite from the myriad of options. However the anti-myth (being as it is a foretelling of events to come) of Ragnarök will, I suppose, be certainly in the higher end of the “What Pete likes…” spectrum.
    As most will know from general knowledge and even the briefest scratch at the surface of Norse mythology it is, for lack of a better word, the end. When gods and men will fight and die as a series of disasters not all natural shall devastate the land. I Understand how Nihilistic my choice is but you cannot help what calls to your heart and as endings go it is the most moving I’ve read.
    Then again Snow white’s pretty grand too, who doesn’t want flawless skin, seven short guys with beards, a gold mine and magical animals to clean your house.

  23. I like Norse mythology in particular the stories surrounding Thor and Loki.

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