The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

AchillesEven with all the hype surrounding Madeline Miller’s debut novel, I was sure that I would not be disappointed when I read The Song of Achilles. And I’m relieved to say that I wasn’t!

As I mentioned in my post about Roger Lancelyn Green’s Tales of the Greek Heroes, I only have a vague knowledge of the Greek myths. So I opened The Song of Achilles not really knowing what to expect.

The book is narrated by Patroclus, an unlucky young prince who is banished by his own father to live in the court of King Peleus and his brilliant son Achilles. Achilles is a demigod destined to grow up to be a hero, and at first Patroclus resents him. Why couldn’t he be as perfect as Achilles? His resentment leads to a confused admiration, friendship and eventually the two become lovers. Continue reading