Monday, January 2, 2017

Monday Reviews - The Song of Achilles




The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 
Published September 20th 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing  
Genres: Historical Ficton, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Page: 352
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina
 

Synopsis 

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.




Review

Such vivid imagery. The moment I picked up this story, I knew I couldn't put it down.

I enjoyed the unique perspective of Patroclus' view on Greece heroes and gods. I had no idea the gods were so involved in human lives to the point that they often change the courses of fates.

It began as a young boy's story. He journeys through life in the most unexpected way. His life wasn't laid out for him and it wasn't blessed by the gods. He meets and ultimately befriends a small neighboring prince. They are raised together and slowly evolves into adulthood.

I have a very small knowledge of Achilles. Imagine my surprise at the large role he plays in the Trojan War. My heart goes out to these boys whose lives were shaped and played by gods. The memories of Patroclus and Achilles are best described at the end summing up the beautiful love and friendship and happiness of youth and lulled contentment of adulthood.

Loved this story.



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