Madeline Miller, the author of ‘The Song of Achilles’, on writing ancient stories in a modern narrative
For a geek, Madeline Miller is very quick to laugh. Her first book, The Song of Achilles won her the Orange Prize for 2012. It seems a bit of an unlikely venture for the rather reedy-looking Miller to take on Achilles whose legend has endured thousands of years. In her book, she writes emphatically about Achilles’ love for Patroclus. While there have been suggestions about their relationship in various scholarly papers, Miller says outright that they were lovers.