October 08, 2018

REVIEW| The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles
Madeline Miller

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UK Publisher: Bloomsbury Modern Classics
UK Release Date: September 21st, 2017


Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. 

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.


This is one that I had a lot of expectations in, but at the same time, I had no clue what I was getting into with this one. 

For those who get daunted by the Iliad and the Odyssey, I'd say that this is a good introduction to some iconic names that get thrown around in classical studies. It was accessible and embellished the story rather vividly. 

However, I did find it difficult to finish. I knew the ending, and I feel like you can guess the ending from the beginning anyway. Because of this, I didn't connect to the characters as emotionally that I had hoped to, or maybe I'm just a heartless bitch, I didn't have any strong reaction - like I had thought I would have. For that, I couldn't quite give it the five stars I had thought I was going to give it.


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