Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Published September 20, 2011
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Review:
I went into this book expecting great things and left feeling a little disappointed. I still enjoyed this book mainly because of the Greek mythology – it has always been something that I find absolutely fascinating. However, I think that this book wouldn’t hit home for others who isn’t as big of a fan for Greek mythology as I am. 

I picked up this book during my LGBTQ+ rep reading vlog because this book focused on the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles which I found really interesting. I never imagined a take on that relationship so it was very intriguing for me to read more about the dynamic of that particular relationship. 

The one thing that I really enjoyed about this book was how faithful it was to the original Greek mythology pertaining Achilles and the Trojan War. I haven’t read any of the original stories in a long time so after reading the book, I went to do some research to find out more information on Achilles himself and what happened during the war. I was pleased to find that a lot of what happened in the original text was reflected in this book as well. 

P.S. I also did some research in terms of how historically accurate the Trojan War was and apparently there is historical evidence as well as archaeological evidence that the war did, in fact, take place. Perhaps not with the involvement of the Greek gods but how cool is that? 

Other than the plot itself, I really enjoyed reading about Patroclus and his relationship with Achilles. At this point, I think Achilles is very well-known for his accomplishments and whatnot but for Patroclus, I believe him to be a relatively minor character so it was very interesting for me to read more about his perspective and the romantic development between him and Achilles. I also liked the fact that he was the calm to Achilles’ intensity. They balanced each other well. A lot of other reviewers commented that this was primarily a love story but I didn’t read it as such. While their love for each other was passionate, there were a lot of other stuff going on that I didn’t get the impression that the love story was the main focus of the book. 

Anyways, the one thing that I didn’t enjoy so much was how slow the book was. I felt like it took a very long time for things to come together. The book started off really strong but around halfway through, it started to peter out. I think it was partly because of where the book was at that time – the Trojan War which took place over a course of many years and so, I think the pacing of the book really reflected that slowness. 

Overall, I enjoyed the prose, the characters and, of course, the Greek mythology. However, because of how slow the book was especially in that second half, I ended up struggling a little to continue and focus on the book.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟1/2

LET'S CHAT! ARE YOU A FAN OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ACHILLES IN THE ORIGINAL STORY VERSUS THE ONE DEPICTED IN THIS BOOK? LET ME KNOW 💕- Stephanie

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