Book Review: The Song of Achilles

TITLE: The Song of Achilles

AUTHOR: Madeline Miller

GENRE: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Trojan War is considered to be one of the greatest war in the Greek mythology to have taken place in the Bronze Age.

Wars are always followed by a celebration of death. Wars, in fact, glorify death.

Fortunately, The Song of Achilles, doesn’t do that. It captures a love story in making between our hero, Achilles and his companion, Patroclus. It highlights the innocence and naivety of love.

Madeline Miller, humanizes and gives depth to these charaters. She dissolves their mighty images and reveals their skin beneath their armours.

We unveil this story through Patroclus’s eyes and fall in love with words he uses to describe his love- “There was a vividness to him, even at rest, that made death and spirits seem foolish.”

There are umpteen instances in the book which not only make you question your own understanding of Achilles’ character but also changes the definition of ‘hero’ for you.

But fame is a strange thing. Some men gain glory after they die, while others fade. What is admired in one generation is abhorred in another.

Odysseus

Why did Achilles agree to make Patroclus his companion? Why did Patroclus accept a demigod in his life? How did these two imperfect humans find perfection in each other? How did they fit together like two pieces of the same puzzle?

Step into this world created by Medaline Miller, a world which seems like a flower blooming in a barren land. Find these young men who were bathed in an unexpected light. Find them before they are lost to the repercussions of war.

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