Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

“I love these historical novels that Miller writes using Greek mythology. I previously read Circe before this one. Song of Achilles is about the Greek hero Achilles and his relationship with his friend Patroclus.

The two boys grapple with their complicated feelings for each other while growing up. Achilles is a God and how can he be in love with a disgraced prince such as Patroclus? Of course the Trojan war figures into this story too, but the major thrust of the book centers on Achilles relationship with his mother, a sea-goddess, who dislikes Patroclus, Achilles feelings towards Patroclus and how he needs to balance it with his own quest for ‘fame’.

A warning to readers, that there is gay sex in the book, but it is handled very poetically and not in a graphic or gratuitous manner. The relationship between Achilles and Patroclus is very sweet. She artfully shows the boy’s thoughts using italicized text. It really captures how people often talk, but think a completely different thing. I guess this book could also sort of fit in the YA category as it fulfills most of the requirements: relationships, teenagers growing up grappling with falling in love, and I enjoyed this book and Circe as well. I hope she continues to find more books that can delight new readers with the wonders of Greek mythology.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #27 in my 2019 Reading Challenge #books #BookReview”,

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