I have been DREADING writing this review because I really just want to shout out loud “YOU MUST ADD THE SONG OF ACHILLES TO YOUR BOOK LIST! READ IT NOWWWWWW!!!!” I know that my review will not do the wonderfulness of this book justice.
But I can’t just say that and be done with it. I need to utilize the lovely Insatiable Bookslut technique, and actually tell you a little bit about the book, trying to do it justice and not scare you away with my excitedness.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a book that takes mythology and makes it easy to read and comprehend. Achilles, the soon-to-be-famous prince, befriends (a little more than friends) Patroclus, who is a ostracized prince. The book takes you through their friendship (and a little more) from childhood into adulthood, including the war that creates Achilles great fame.
I could not put this book down. I loved the friendship and relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I loved the mythology part of the story. I cried at the end when I realized what was going to happen. . .
Reading The Song of Achilles makes me want to get my hands on the Iliad to see how close in relation the two stories are.
This review did not do the book justice because I am too in love with it to even summarize effectively. Check out the Goodreads summary for more actual information about this book.
And seriously, add it to your list. You won’t regret it!
Have you read any Greek mythology? How does it compare to this novel?