38/100 Books: THE SONG OF ACHILLES

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THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

What the heck is it about? The Goodreads summary:

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.

My rating: 10/5 stars

This book destroyed me, and I’m not even embarrassed about it. I cried for hours after reading this, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never be completely over it.

You go into it thinking, “I studied The Iliad in 10th grade, I know who dies, I’ll be fine.” Spoiler alert: you won’t be fine.

Why put yourself through all that pain, then? Because it’s absolutely beautiful. The prose sings, it’s gorgeous and the whole world inside the narrative shimmers with magic and the possibility of greatness.

Check it out, but bring tissues.

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