Book Review || The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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11250317Title: The Song of Achilles

By: Madeline Miller

Pages: 352

Published: September 20th, 2011

By: Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre: Fantasy|Historical-Fiction|Mythology|LGBT+

You can buy it HERE: Book Depository

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. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, 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 then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

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“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

Reading a book with such hype always scares me a little, I’m always thinking that I may not love it as much as everyone else, but in this case, I’m super pleased to say that I loved it. As many of you’ll know already, I LOVE Greek mythology, it’s my favorite, so I really enjoyed that aspect, as well as the construction and development of the characters.The author has managed to re-tell such a well-known story and give it a unique twist that will not fail to surprise and captivate you, I’m sure.

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The Song of Achilles is a representation of the epic Trojan War, so well known for all of us, but this time the author has given it a twist and gives us a story about a heart-breaking love, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart. Here we follow the point of view of Patroclus, a young prince exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Soon, Achilles will take the young Patroclus as his friend and while they both grow and perfect themselves in the art of war and medicine, a much stronger bond will grow between them that will become love. All this will take place under the cruel gaze of Thetis, mother of Achilles and sea goddess. But then the world shakes when Helen de Sparta is kidnapped and Achilles must go to battle. Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Although I had a piece of knowledge about the Trojan war and about the many recognized figures that are named here, it’s a story that has managed to impact and surprise me, anyway. I think the author was very faithful to what the original story is, I know that she based her story on a specific book and then gave it her own touch by giving us an intense love story full of obstacles, which I’ve honestly come to adore. I really enjoyed having the possibility of following these characters from when they’re just children to adulthood, I think that despite being a book of only 350 pages, it feels like I’ve spent a lifetime with them, traveling this whole journey and witnessing their feelings and growthsI love to follow characters for big periods of time, I think that, if it’s well handled, can be a unique and magical experience, and this time I really feel it was. All this structure made me able to connect more with the plot and with the characters and when it came to culminating or significant scenes, I could feel everything even more intensely.

I found the writing style very peculiar, I ended up enjoying it and I really think it’s very unique, but I confess that at the beginning, and maybe for several moments reaching the ending, it can become heavy and slow. Even so, you can enjoy it without problems once you pass those parts. I think that this is somehow due to the fact that there are many descriptions, and although they’re beautiful, can decrease the reading pace, also SO MANY names, makes it a bit confusing. Leaving this aside, it’s a writing style I would love to experience again, I don’t think it’s something I’ve read before. It s very poetic at times as well and manages to give a unique intensity and realism to the story. There are moments so intense that they’re difficult to explain with words, the author has done a great job with that. Fight scenes, for example, I think are very well told, even though they’re not usually my favorites. I need to mention how smartly the POV was used!!!, OMG, I still think it is one of my favorite factors, SO WELL THOUGHT OUT.

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I’ve never read the book in which this is inspired of, “Illiad,” so my little knowledge comes from the movies, being honest and loving how different Madeline Miller’s story was. I like that has given entity to those characters that were secondary in other stories. I have two big favorites in this book and they’re Patroclus and Briseis.

Following the story under Patroclus’ POV was a great pleasure, I adore this character and his growth is SO noticeable and incredible. He’s a beautiful being of extreme sensitivity, he’s always worrying about others and being a kind soul, and even when his personal story has always been so hard, he didn’t become a cold and distant person, on the contrary, he’s an extraordinary young man with many more qualities than he really thinks he has. I love him so much, it’s no doubt on of my favorite characters that I’ve read this year. Seeing how he defends, advises and loves Achilles despite everything, is beautiful and inspiring So many times I wanted to give him a hug and tell him that everything would be ok, I swear I felt so bad for him since he’s put in countless difficult situations and he has known how to get out of them in the best way. My beautiful Patroclus deserved better.

“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”

Briseis is the other character that I absolutely adored and although I LOVE the romance between Patroclus and Achilles, I confess that I fantasized about the idea of ​​Patroclus and Briseis together, but well, leaving that aside she’s a character that I personally find very brave. This is a world where women aren’t respected at all and much less if they don’t have a position in royalty, so Briseis for me is the image of a strong woman and a survivor. And I don’t know why, but I empathize a lot with her in a very short period of time and I love every second of her relationship with Patroclus, I also admire a lot how she’s the only one who dares to face Achilles and tell him all the things that nobody dares to say, she’s a great woman and an extraordinary character. I need more about her, but well, her ending was quite mysterious and I loved that. I don’t know if she has a particular story in mythology, I should investigate, but I simply adored her participation in here

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Then we have Achilles, who’s the central point of this whole story, and the name we all remember when we talk about the Trojan War, right? In this book, he’s a very sensitive, educated and charming boy in the beginning, but then once he gets older and is impacted with the power he possesses during the battle, he changes a lot and transforms into an egocentric, selfish, cold man, even cruel at times. He’s a semi-god and is destined to be the greatest warrior of his time, so from the first moment we know that he must face the war and kill thousands of people, since it’s his destiny and all that, so I understand in a certain way, his huge change and how much the war affected him, but on the other hand, I think he became so bitter with his people and also with Patroclus that he just started to be very annoying for me and then I just wanted to yell at him for making all the wrong decisions just for fear of staining his reputation. At that point, I think he just forgets what being human means. He’s an interesting character but at times I was tired of his attitude.
Then we have hundreds of characters which you already know if you know a little about the Trojan War, many demigods and gods and other humans who have the most difficult names EVER, so I’ll only name a few but basically they all make the story come alive and are essential points: Agamemnon, Menelaus, Hektor, Ajax, Helen, Diomedes, Quiron (I LOVE him as well)

I found the romance so beautiful, and natural, I really enjoyed it from the first pages where you begin to see small signs to those passionate and wonderful scenes. The love story between the main characters is heartbreakingly wonderful, I think the chemistry is perfect and considering the moment it develops and everything that’s going on around it, I think it never ceases to be the main point. I love the way they both protect and respect each other, especially in the beginning, and especially as they hear and tell the truth to each other, it’s very honest, innocent and perfect. I LOVED this relationship from beginning to end, and although there are some scenes that I didn’t particularly like, I could feel the connection between them until the ending.

“In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”

There was this particular scene that I cannot describe as such because SPOILERS, but leave me so shocked, that I want to mention some of that and if you’ve read the book you’ll surely understand what I mean. There’s a scene where Patroclus sleeps with a young woman, with whom Achilles had previously slept as well and I think that all those scenes are SO uncomfortable, and out of place. Not only does nothing at all for the plot, but I really don’t think it makes any sense. OMG, I still think about it and makes me laugh because I feel it was a bit absurd, I don’t know, I didn’t like it and I wanted to share it lol

Finally and even though it’s obvious, I want to mention that I LOVED every apparition of gods or every mention of them, I’m a big fan of mythology so all this for me was super fun. I always love reading about that and knowing more about the origins of each deity, myth, and demi-gods, I find it extremely interesting. Now I’m SO excited to read Circe, I can’t wait!

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In short, I loved the book, I had a great time reading it, I’m not so interested in the Trojan War as such, but I loved following the characters and their development, as I also love the romance and every mythological creature. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in knowing more about the Trojan War as such or if you feel like reading something about Greek myths, this surely will give you what you’re looking for, in addition to that, it has a unique twist of the hand of an intense romance and tragically beautiful as few. I still haven’t get over that ending, I think it was extremely magical, and super significant, in one word: BEAUTIFUL. It’s a story full of magic and love but also of tragedy, death, and war. It can be a bit bloody at times, so I recommend discretion, but still, worth reading, I’m sure you’ll take something good from it. 



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29 thoughts on “Book Review || The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

  1. Hi Sofie,
    I’m really sorry to hear you are going through a bad time. Feel free to take a break from blogging if you need it, we’ll always be here when you come back. I really hope things will get better for you soon. You’re so nice and your wonderful personality emerges from each one of your posts, filling your readers with joy and love. So, thank YOU for your posts. 💜

    When I saw the review for this book I was amazed. I’ve recently read “Circe” and it was really good. In fact, so good that I wanted to read “The Song of Achilles” and then you came up with this review!
    I also like following characters for long periods of time, you see them grow so much and get to know them on a deeper level. Character-driven books, this are the right books for me.
    I also had problems with the writing style, it’s not appelaing to me, but I don’t exactly know why. Well, I loved the descriptions, but when sometimes I didn’t feel the emotions that the writer tries to communicate. In some parts she does a great job, but in others I felt as if I was not engaged in the story.
    It’s so strange for me to read that you have never read the “Iliad”. We study it in school over and over again, together with the “Odyssey” and the “Aeneid” (I hope this titles are right, I’ve never wrote them in English, in Italian thay are respectively “Iliade”, “Odissea” and “Eneide”), they are a really important part of Italian literature. So, everyone knows them. I personally loved studying them, they are so complex and interesting and captivating.
    Reading this review was very intersting, it’s a beautiful post, and seeing it from the point of view of some one who does not know the “Iliad” it became even more interesting.
    I also really like mythology, we also study a little bit of that in school, only to understand the relationships between all the characters of these poems. Initially it was really confusing, all these names and connections, but once you start to read myths and stories it becomes extremely captivating. I remember I had to learn the names of the greek gods by heart in middle school and that I was desperate.
    For the scene that you are talking about, I’ll understand better once I’ll read the book, but it is pretty common in these poems. These characters are warriors and they have many extramarital relationships. Their wife knows about that, but can’t do anything for that. I know it’s strange and not correct, but that was the mentality of that time. It was seen as a way to vent their desires. I know it sounds bad.
    Since you enjoyed this book so much, I strongly recommend you “Circe”. It’s less bloody, because there isn’t war in it and it focuses more on the psychology of the characters, on intelligence. Circe is a sorceress from the “Odyssey”, she welcomes Ulysses and his companions on her Island, she didn’t have a big part in the poem, but now thanks to Madeline Miller, she has.
    Sorry for the long comment, I had quite a lot to say. 😂

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    1. OMG, Martha! Your beautiful comment means so much to me, it really reached my heart! THANK YOU SO MUCH.❤️ Knowing that all of you will always be there for me makes me feel eternally grateful and blessed 😊

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Circe, super excited to read it soon!! For some reason, I feel that I’ll enjoy that one even more since the theme of war isn’t something that I’m really into, but if it goes deeper into the characters and their minds, I just adore that. Character-Driven stories are the best thing!!

      I get what mean about the writing style, I think it’s very beautiful and poetic at times, but it can be heavy.
      Oh, I wish I had studied some of that in school, I would have LOVED that. But I suppose it makes sense that different things are studied depending on where we live, right?

      Thank you SO much, honey, I’m really glad you liked the review and I hope you enjoy the book a lot once you read it. I would love to know your opinion about it, I think it will be even more interesting since you know more about it 😍

      You don’t have to apologize for the long comment, at all, I LOVE it and it’s always a pleasure talking to you. I hope you’re having a beautiful month 💕

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  2. I’m glad you are feeling better today, Sofii. All the best of luck with finding a new job.

    A wonderful review as always! I haven’t read any books from this author yet but I am very tempted. Circe sounds like a brilliant read. 🙂

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  3. I’m glad you liked Song of Achilles. It was one of my favorite reads last year and I was also a bit skeptical of the hype.

    If you loved Briseis you should look at The Silence of the Girls. It is much darker but she narates the same time period.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Luckily I enjoyed it very much, the hype is always a little scary thing, right?. I’m so glad you enjoyed it that much, is great! 💕

      OMG, you’re an angel, I had no idea about that book but I’m immediately adding it to my TBR, thank you SO much for letting me know! 😍

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  4. I LOVE this book! I love how it tells the other side of the mythology; yes it is about the glory and gore of the battle, but on the other hand it’s also a humanizing story of the battle. The people there experience loss and grief, and also exhaustion for the long battle. And Briseis have always been one of my favorite character within the Trojan myth, her story is just so interesting and I want to know more!

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    1. Makes me SO happy you love the book, honey! OMG, I couldn’t descrived it better, it’s all you say and more! 💕
      Briseis is such a brave girl, she really won my heart! Someone here in the comments tells me about The Silence of The Girls, and it’s about the same time as this book, but it focuses on Briseis, maybe you’ve already heard of it, I’m super excited to check it out 😍

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  5. WELCOME BACK, BEAUTIFUL! I’m glad to see a notification post pop up from your blog! ❤

    That's so lovely of your boyfriend, and I'm glad you and your family are staying in good spirits. My thoughts remain with you guys! I hope things settle more where you live and that you find a job soon! I know you will and I bet it's going to be wonderful!

    Review wise … I NEED TO GET THIS BOOK! Honestly, you and everyone keep mentioning how grand it is … again … it's one of those books I want to buy but shouldn't because I don't have enough to keep buying books … but it's too pretty not to own …

    HOPEFULLY I get my hands on this soon.

    Lovely review, as always ❤

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    1. Jenna, sweetie! Hi & THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!! I already miss you, I swear. I can’t leave the blog for that long, I just love interacting with you all 😍

       OMG, baby, I don’t deserve you, you’re an angel!!!😭 THANK YOU, your words really mean the world to me and I’m sure everything will be fine soon. I have good feelings 💕

      Oh, look, I was terrified of the hype and I also used to hate books everyone loves lol, so I was apprehensive about reading it, but OMG, it was incredible, I liked it more than I thought I would and although I wasn’t interested in the war itself, the romantic and human aspects of this book are gold, I’m sure you’ll like it. Plus: I would love to know your thoughts! 😄

      Thanks, sweetie!!! I hope you have the best day and enjoy your reading ❤️

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      1. I totally get that. I REALLY don’t like leaving the blog community for too long … I tend to miss everyone too much 🙂

        AWEEEEEEE! Of course!! I wish I could help more! ❤

        I really do need to read it sooner rather than later. Then again, I say that with A LOT of books 😄. It's a neverending list! But I will get around to it eventually!

        Have a lovely day, darlin' and welcome back! ❤

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  6. Glad you’re feeling a little better. ❤
    This book has been on my radar, especially since I adored Circe. I know that it probably will make me cry for days though so I keep putting it off. Looking for the perfect moment! Great review!

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    1. Thank you SO much, honey! 💕
      I can’t wait to read Circe, I’m so excited, I feel like I’ll love it! Oh, I’m sure it will be a book that will make you feel A LOT of feelings, but it’s worth it, I promise, it’s great. I hope you love it once you read it 😊

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  8. Hey!! This is one of my favourite books! I’d love to re-read or even re-experience it someday. Have you read ‘Circe’ by the same author? I recently finished it and plan on writing a review soon. Loved this review!
    Cheers!
    n

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