I think that this book is the closest I have ever come to tearing up whilst reading, no matter how many hundreds of books I have read in my short lifetime. Greek mythology was always something I was interested in, as I always heard parts of stories from different sources, but I never researched enough for any of it to make much sense. I’m not claiming to now be a professional about this topic, as I have only what I know from this book to reference, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and honestly don’t think I will ever forget it.
My favourite thing about the book is that you really get to know the main characters, Patroclus and Achilles. You basically live their whole lives with them, and because of this, I don’t see how anyone could not be completely and whole-heatedly invested in their well-being and relationship. Reading about them growing up is quite surreal – around 30 years are covered in one short novel, and I feel as though this is an amazing example of the skill that Madeline Miller has, to make the story not seem rushed or like key information was missed out. There are so many aspects of this book I found incredibly intriguing, particularly the events of the War but also the general everyday activities of people at the time. It is fascinating to be able to form such a picture from just one book.
If anyone is thinking of reading the book but is put off by the fact that they may not understand exactly what is going on, please just go for it! You really, truly don’t want to miss out (and it’s pretty easy to figure out once you get the names and places sorted in your head)!
Achilles and Patroclus’ story is one for the ages.
Author: Madeline Miller
Title: The Song of Achilles
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Published: April 2012
Star rating: ★★★★★