(An Almost) #Review – The Song of Achilles, by @MillerMadeline

The Song of AchillesTitle: The Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful— irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.” (description from Goodreads)

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There’s no way I can write a review for this book that the book deserves. From the very beginning I fell in love with Miller’s writing and the way she shaped the legendary characters from The Iliad into this novel. I could probably have rushed through this book in a day or two, but I found myself holding off reading in order to prolong my enjoyment. Normally I complain about how slow I read (even when enjoying a book), so making this one last longer was an interesting change of attitude. In the end, it didn’t disappoint. I just hope that Miller has something else in store for her readers. I’ll definitely come back for more

That’s basically my review. There’s not much more I can say to praise this book without babbling. I’m a big fan of Greek mythology, though I haven’t read much of it since high school and early college when I was reading Homer and some other authors/books dealing with the subject. It was great to revisit that world and see this author’s interpretation of Achilles and Patroclus’ relationship and the story of the Trojan War. If you’re a fan of mythology, or just a great novel filled with a romance, action, legend, this might be a book to check out. I just wish I had gotten a copy of this earlier. I now know that I was missing out for a few years.

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If you’d like to grab a copy of this novel, you can find it on:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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About the Author:

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York TimesBestseller. It has been translated into twenty-three languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the GuardianWall Street Journal, Lapham’s Quarterly and NPR.org. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches and writes.

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