“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”
― Madeline Miller,
Has anyone here ever read Mary Renault’s ‘The Persian Boy’? The author of ‘Room’ has a blurb on the cover of ‘The Song of Achilles’ comparing Madeline Miller to Mary Renault, and I have to say it is spot on! If you have read ‘The Persian Boy’ and loved it, as I have, then you are totally going to love this book!
Like a great deal of my book finds, this book was recommended to me while I was online shopping for other books. It came up under both ‘Carry On,’ and ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.’ Apparently, ‘The Song of Achilles’ can pair well with other titles you might like. Umm, which also means you should read it even if you think it’s not your cup of tea… cause it will become your cup of tea.
Everyone knows the story of Achilles. Or at least the famous story told to us in school and movies. The Best of the Greeks, brought down by a single arrow. But what of the man beyond his strength on the battlefield?
The story is told by Patroclus, an exiled prince left to be an orphan in the castle at Phthia. A soft-hearted boy who has faced rejection his whole life feels yet again out of place in his new home. That is until the prince of Phthia, Achilles, befriends him. From then on, the two are inseparable.
Patroclus’s life follows that of Achilles. He is aware that a prophecy follows Achilles around, and he will do anything to honor and protect it. As the two grow and form a bond stronger than friendship, Patroclus, time and time again, sacrifices to keep Achilles a hero in the eyes of the Greeks who fight beside him at Troy. It is love for Achilles, even when he is being prideful and stubborn, that seals Patroclus’s sad fate during a mighty battle at Troy.
This is a beautiful love story. And everyone here knows how much I love love. Only a few parts were overkill with the drama. I know at you’re thinking: it’s a Greek Tragedy, which means it has tons of drama. I agree, but there were some straight up Melrose Place and 90210 drama scenes, as opposed to Greek drama. However, the love story and fantastical storytelling were well worth the read. Not going to lie, I had some tears to blink back at the end of this one.
LONG LIVE LOVE!