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The Song of Achilles

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Staff Review: "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller


This is a beautifully-written romantic interpretation of the tragedy of Achilles and Patroclus, this time told from Patroclus' perspective. It tells of his childhood, how he met Achilles, and their time growing up together. The classic story sees new life in the form of modern prose adorned with heaps of beautiful imagery that pays homage to Homeric poetic style.

Although set in ancient Greece, the rush of two kids falling in love is a timeless story that echoes throughout history. The author imagines the childhood of these two iconic heroes in such a poignantly human way that the reader finds themselves hoping against hope that this time the pair won't come to the end described in the classic source material, Homer's The Iliad. 

Poetic, emotional, and compelling, I couldn't stop thinking about this book long after putting it down.

Audience: adults, teens | Genre: fiction, romance, historical fiction, tragedy, lgbt

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