The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

song of achillesMy friend gave this book to me about 2 or 3 years ago, telling me I had to read it. I read the back, and it didn’t grab me. My friend is an archaeologist with a particular interest in Ancient Greece so I put her enthusiasm down to her interest in the period, and placed it on my shelves. This year I started to feel a bit bad about not reading it, so I picked it back up and thought what the hell lets give it a shot. I’m glad it did.

On the surface it is retelling of the legend of Troy, focusing particularly on Achilles. My Ancient Greek history is a bit rusty, but I remembered the principle facts. Helen, Paris, Hector, Achilles, giant wooden horse. However the legend is merely the scaffolding on which the real story is built..the story of the friendship and relationship between two boys. Miller beautifully portrays the burgeoning and deepening of a true, profound and deep relationship between Achilles and Patroclus from their childhood in Phthia to the walls of Troy. It is a tale worthy of being classed among the epic love stories.

Rating:  4/5

 

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