Tuesday, March 15, 2022

REVIEW: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller



Y'all, this probably won't be the longest, grandest review in the history of reviews. Really all I can say is that The Song of Achilles was such an unexpected surprise. I've had a sporadic interest in Greek mythology and am in no way proficient in the stories of the gods but I'd heard fantastic reviews from this novel from my students and colleagues, so I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. The story of Patroclus and Achilles is one of friendship, pride, war, horror, devotion, and love. It's beautifully and simply written, easy to follow, and easy to get caught up in, even for someone like me who doesn't normally read mythology. If you're at all a little curious abut this novel, don't let any lack of prior reading or knowledge prohibit you--you'd be missing out on a really beautiful read. 

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SYNOPSIS: A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

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