Book Review #144 – The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

Hey guys!

Here is my review for The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller.

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Achilles

Synopsis:

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 differences, 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’s 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.

 

Pros:

  • soft boys!!!
  • gorgeous writing
  • different setting

 

Cons:

  • not totally sure how it stands without any knowledge on Illiad
  • it’s hard to keep up with secondary character’s names sometimes
  • sad

 

Verdict:

I had my doubts going into this book since it was just so hyped! But I was not disappointed. This book kept my will of reading fuelled whenever I was away, I almost couldn’t think of anything else. I have a thing for soft boys and Patroclus was just too much for me. I loved how the story was built with just him at first, so you could really know this person and how Achilles would change him. Their relationship was complicated but they were so loving and comprehensive and I loved them together. Besides, the writing is superb! I loved the voice and how everything was told. There’s not a single scene that doesn’t matter, and the way they were organised is really interesting too. But this book is just so sad. There’s mindless violence and war and it’s hard to say goodbye to so many characters. The only thing I have that I can call a complaint is how hard it is to keep up with all the side characters. They are so many and the names are so unusual, you get lost at times. But, that’s easily overcome, I thought. The relationship between Patroclus and Achilles and their difficult battles makes it all worth it. Although, please beware, when recommending this or even picking it up, that this suffers from the kill your gays trope, which isn’t the best one for the lgbtqa+ community.

Have any of you read it? What did you think? Let me know, please.

Until next time,

Cat.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review #144 – The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

  1. Hi Cat,

    Thanks for you review!
    You have nicely pointed out the pro’s and cons and why it kept you busy.
    I am curious for if this book is historical based (argumented, research list or so) with additional fiction to write a nice story, or is it not historical based (except for the names) so completely fiction?
    Because sometimes when a book is fictional written but historical based, you can imagine the characters features or probabilities as an addition to the real mythologies.

    Greetings by Sophie

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      • Hi Cat,

        Thank you for your reply! With your answer that it is based on the Iliad we can imagine the things in the right perspective. And indeed if the Trojan war – and which description of the battles and so is – was real is something for historians to explain haha. I am just always curious to from which perspective I should read a history based book. From the Homerus perspective because he has written the Iliad. So thank you it had clearified my question and has answered 🙂

        Greetings by Sophie

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