Brilliant Books

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

First, I want to apologize for missing posting a few days. I went on holidays and got some much needed r&r. But I’m back, and hopefully posting will continue with se regularity now.

On to the book review!

As many of you may know, recent hot books have been The Song of Achilles and Circe, both written by Madeline Miller. I have recently purchased both, and my first read was The Song of Achilles. It was AMAZING!

While the title makes you think that the book is based on the famous Greek hero Achilles, it is actually told by his close companion and later lover and partner, Patroclus.

It starts with the Greek Kings and Princes swearing an oath to protect Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, part of a bargin while she chooses her husband. Patroclus is present even though he is only 9 years old, as he is his father’s heir.

In hopes to avoid spoilers, Patroclus ends up leaving home, growing up alongside Achilles in his father’s palace and falling in love with the young, handsome and kind Achilles. War is started and the young men sail to Troy to fight and make a name for themselves.

The Song of Achilles was compelling and hard to put down from the start. I loved the way it was written, gentle and beautiful and powerful. This story is equal parts amazing and sad and you can’t help but feel your heart tug for Patroclus and his love for Achilles.

Just a beautiful beautiful book. I’m so happy to have read it, and sad that I didn’t read it sooner.

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