This was another book that I thought was a safe for men book, but I‘m bailing on it for several reasons. Achilles was supposed to be a hero, but instead he impregnates a princess that doesn‘t want his kid. The king stabs a girl to death to bring wind and it worked. Then achilles plunders and Agamemnon (ally of achilles “ was giving us permission for camp followers, for spear-wives and bed slaves. (kindle page 211) I‘m dnfing this book
Unpopular opinion alert: This was only OK for me. It seemed like there was a whole lot of nothing very much happening until the end scenes. I may have expected too much from the rave reviews; I don‘t know. I‘m glad I read “Circe” first—I enjoyed that one more and I might not have picked it up if I‘d already read this one. 🤷🏻♀️
3/5 ⭐️ I saw so many wonderful reviews on this book. My review reflects the fact that I am not a lover of Greek mythology. There were also so many names that I couldn‘t keep up with who was who so I got bogged down in that a little bit. The story of the main characters was great and sad. All the emotions. This book reminds me of the Proverbs about pride coming before the fall 😞
Ok you were all right, it‘s amazing and awesome 💔 but you know it‘s a good thing when a book actually lives up to the hype!
A very late entrant to the party. C says I need to read and catch up with the rest of the reading world!
All I can say after finishing this book is, my heart. While I found the book slow to start, I was hooked after being introduced to Achilles. Overall, this is a beautiful love story that had me laughing, crying, and rooting for an ending I knew wasn‘t possible. Highly recommend it for anyone who loves a good retelling of a Greek myth. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨(4.5)
This. Book. This book!!! I just can‘t words with The Song of Achilles because the prose was amazing and the characterization was beautiful and deep. Although I knew what was going to happen at the end, I still sobbed and had to close the book at key moments. And the ending. The ending was beautiful, it‘s definitely something I‘m going to reread, and I absolutely recommend this book.
Love, Fate, War, Death. The trigger warnings and spoilers for this tale have been around for about the last couple thousand years, but this has got to be THE best fanfiction I've ever read. Those who haven't read good fanfic probably don't see this as a compliment. Retelling is another way to put it. As someone who studied the Iliad, I truly loved it. Patroclus' perspective makes all the difference. Madeline Miller: welcome to destroy me anytime.
C got this lovely set for her birthday today ♥️📚she‘s got a few versions of these!
How can you not love this book? It was lyrical and heartfelt. The yearning and pain that Patroclus described felt so real, it burned!
As someone who has only a passing familiarity of Greek mythology, I came into this book with a blind spot as to the basis of this novel. I was worried I would not be able to follow the story. Miller's take on the Achilles legend was wonderful. The love story of Achilles and Patroclus is tender and will pull you right in. I also loved that this book was written from Patroclus' perspective. The ending of this book is definitely Kleenex worthy!
15-27 Apr 22 (audiobook)
A retelling of the myth of Achilles from the perspective of his lover, Patroclus.
I am obviously partial to Greek mythology and this was an entertaining book to listen to that was well-written. I did appreciate that this text was more faithful to Homer‘s Iliad in portraying the love between Achilles and Patroclus than the film Troy was. But I did continue to picture Brad Pitt as Achilles nevertheless.
I don't like the helmet cover.
I wanted the UK ed (with the heart bow & arrow cover) but got the US one instead. The shop I ordered it from ran out of it but didn't tell me.
So I looked for alternatives without buying another copy. Found this dust jacket designed by a local (PH) artist. Sigh, so beautiful.