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The Song of Achilles 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 dearProfoundly 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 Epic. We were like gods, at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other This book Gosh I loved this book The moment I read the first page I was already certain of two things 1 This would become one of my all time favourites and I d gush about it like crazy.2 It wouldn t only leave me devastated and heartbroken but also sobbing like a little child Well, both of those things came true, even way earlier than I had initially anticipated I waWe were like gods, at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other This book Gosh I loved this book The moment I read the first page I was already certain of two things 1 This would become one of my all time favourites and I d gush about it like crazy.2 It wouldn t only leave me devastated and heartbroken but also sobbing like a little child Well, both of those things came true, even way earlier than I had initially anticipated I was about 37% percent in yes I looked it up P when I first started to cry and it didn t get any better after that This book was just so beautiful So, so damn beautiful Madeline Miller definitely has a way with words and I loved how this story was written Poetical with a lot of mythological facts and with so many details that it succeeded to make this athan just intriguing journey What I loved the most was how she managed to convey Achilles and Patroclus relationship though Even though she never went into detail, never actually let them say that they loved each other it was still palpable in every single moment they shared together Those moments were so precious I couldn t get enough of them and all I wanted was for them to be happy Unfortunately I m a little geek and know a lot about Greek mythology so yeah, I already knew how it would end before it even ended Still, the sense of foreboding in this book Oh gosh, it killed me All those little hints, those infinitesimal innuendos, those tiny insinuations, they piled up and up and up until all I was able to feel was dread By the end of the book I was reduced to a sobbing and crying nervous wreck and the final sentence was like a dagger in my heart In other words This was exceptionally painful and utterly devastating, BUTit was also so damn good and worth every second of pain The characters This is my spoiler section in which I m going to speak about the individual characters and what I thought of them So you better beware and don t read it if you still want to read the book Heed my warning or get lost in the underworld It s your choice, choose wisely P AchillesAh A sly smile spread across his face he had always loved defiance Well, why should I kill him He s done nothing to me This sentence killed me when I first read it Achilles, my beautiful, innocent and na ve boy Jeez I loved him so much He was every bit the hero people believed him to be and most of the time he actually did the right thing Well, most of the time At the end of the book there happened a lot of things I didn t agree with and the longer his conflict with Agamemnon lasted theI dreaded the end It made me so sad to see how much Achilles changed over the years and when the thing with Briseis happened my reaction was the same as Patroclus I mean I knew what Achilles did I m a geek remember but reading it the way Madeline Miller wrote it Boy it destroyed me There was this wonderful, perfect, righteous, honourable, intelligent, innocent and honest golden boy and then the war over Troy tainted him, transformed him and made him an entirely different person The true tragedy about this all is that he never even wanted to take part in the war, he wasor less forced into it and I think looking at it in retrospective a life as a normal person would have been preferable to the one of a hero I guess in the end Achilles saw it the same way and would have done everything in order to change his path Even if it would have meant that he would have been forgotten and would have never become a legend it would have been worth it Patroclus would have been worth it criesI stopped watching for ridicule, the scorpion s tail hidden in his words He said what he meant he was puzzled if you did not Some people might have mistaken this for simplicity But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart Your honour could be darkened by it Then it is darkened His jaw shot forward, stubborn They are fools if they let my glory rise or fall on this But Odysseus His eyes, green as spring leaves, met mine Patroclus I have given enough to them I will not give them this They grinned, loving every inch of their miraculous prince his gleaming hair, his deadly hands, his nimble feet They leaned towards him, like flowers to the sun, drinking in his lustre It was as Odysseus had said he had light enough to make heroes of them all It is not true You left yourself today And now you are returned His shoulders rise and fall on a long breath Do not say that, he says, until you have heard the rest of what I have done PatroclusI went to Peleus I knelt before him on a wool rug, woven bright with purple He started to speak, but I was too quick for him One of my hands went to clasp his knees, the other reached upward, to seize his chin with my hand The pose of supplication It was a gesture I had seen many times, but had never made myself I was under his protection now he was bound to treat me fairly, by the law of the gods Tell me where he is, I said I adored Patroclus He was the best He was wonderful and beautiful in his own way and I loved how faithful he was That boy was one of the kindest and sweetest people I ever read about tough competition for Lazlo Strange lol and I was so happy Achilles saw this too He realized that Patroclus is special and he encouraged him to speak his mind It felt like Patroclus was Achilles conscience, intervening whenever his divine heritage showed Without Patroclus Achilles path would have been dark and bloody but with him at his side he became the glorious figure we all know about Patroclus was so muchthan just a companion He was a friend, a lover, a teacher, a conscience, a reminder and Achilles past, present and future This boy was literally the embodiment of Achilles life and actions and the people around them were fools for not seeing their strong connection Patroclus was everything that was good about Achilles, he brought out the best in him Taught him compassion and love, he was an anchor and someone he could come home to Speak to Confide in Once Patroclus was gone the relentless godly part of Achilles showed though and the rest of it is bloody history TTPatroclus It was the name my father had given me, hopefully but injudiciously, at my birth, and it tasted of bitterness on my tongue Honour of the father, it meant.Perhaps she thought I was mocking her, flourishing my triumph Perhaps she thought I hated her She did not know that I almost asked him, a hundred times, to be a little kinder to her You do not have to humiliate her so thoroughly, I thought But it was not kindness he lacked, it was interest His gaze passed over her as if she were not here Willl you come with me he asked.The never ending ache of love and sorrow Perhaps in some other life I could have refused, could have torn my hair and screamed, and made him face his choice alone But not in this one He would sail to Troy and I would follow, even into death Yes, I whispered Yes.I do not know this man, I think He is no one I have ever seen before My rage towards him is hot as blood I will never forgive him I imagine tearing down our tent, smashing the lyre, stabbing myself in the stomach and bleeding to death I want to see his face broken with grief and regret I want to shatter the cold mask of stone that has slipped down over the boy I knew He has given her to Agamemnon knowing what will happen OdysseusMay I give you some advice If you are truly his friend you will help him leave his soft heart behind He s going to Troy to kill men, not rescue them His dark eyes held me like swift running current He is a weapon, a killer Do not forget it You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature Damn, how much I hated and liked that sneaky and cunning bastard I m still very torn when it comes to him On the one hand he gave sound advice and knew exactly what he did and on the other hand he forced Achilles on his destined path If it wouldn t have been for Odysseus he would have never gone to Troy and even though I agree with his sentiment that Achilles could save them all, I still disagree with the way he played him Of all the countless men that manipulated young Achilles, Odysseus probably was the worst, hiding behind the mask of a friend but ultimately pursuing his own goals Clever Very clever indeed AgamemnonThen you are a traitor to this army, and will be punished like one Your war prizes are hostage, placed in my care until you offer your obedience and submission Let us start with that girl Briseis, is her name She will do as a penance for the girl you have forced me to return I HATE AGAMEMNON Fiercely Such an unfair and dishonourable numpty I hate him and all his actions I mean what kind of father would trade his daughter away and then kill her His own flesh and blood Gosh, I CAN T EVEN WITH HIM I m still so angry Those moments at the end and the tense situation between Achilles and him had me at the edge of my seat and all I wanted to do was to scream at the injustice that took place in front of me Such a stubborn and self righteous fool He should have listened to Achilles but he was too proud to shakes head in disbelief I HATE HIM Enough said Thetis Another person that landed on my shit list lol I really, really disliked her too I mean I understand that she was Achilles mother and only wanted the best for her son, but it wasthan just obvious that the best was Patroclus and I hated her for always trying to drive a wedge between them Without Thetis half of their troubles wouldn t have even existed and even though she kind of redeemed herself in the end I still don t like her Sorry Thet, but you ll never get a thumbs up from me SorryNotSorrryThe relationship Achilles PatroclusThis morning he had leaped on to my bed and pressed his nose against mine Good morning, he d said I remembered the heat of him against my skin Ohh how sweet those two were I loved their relationship They were so gentle and adorable and no matter what happened and no matter how many obstacles were in their way they always managed to find back to each other They had confidence in each other and they supported each other regardless of the consequences Achilles and Patroclus had such an honest and beautiful relationship, I CAN T EVEN THIS was the real deal A connection so deep that no one could destroy it, a love so strong that it cast aside all obstacles, their trust so deep that they could talk about everything Boy, I could gush about this relationship at eye level for eternity and still would never get tired of it lol I just adore them so much It was so sweet they couldn t even be angry with each other and even though Patroclus wasn t always happy with Achilles decisions, he still did his best to support him as best as he could, even if that meant that he had to go against his will I think in the end their unconditional love for each other was the only thing that was able to break them and it eventually did Jeez How it did cries again Achilles had no reason to kill Hector, no reason to fulfil the prophecy Well, at least not until Hector took the only thing that mattered to him, the only thing he didn t want to live without Patroclus sobs Hell The way Achilles grieved It broke my freaking heart It was like a punch in the gut I know first hand how much this hurts, how painful it is to lose a person you love so much, and boy did it trigger my emotions TT I felt Achilles grief with him and it was so intense it left me crying and sobbing They were so beautiful together so, so, so damn beautiful I can t any weepsI saw then how I had changed I did not mind any , that I lost when we raced and I lost when we swam out to the rocks and I lost when we tossed spears or skipped stones For who can be ashamed to lose to such beauty It was enough to watch him win, to see the soles of his feet flashing as they kicked up sand, or the rise and fall of his shoulders as he pulled through the salt It was enough My pulse jumps, for no reason I can name He has looked at me a thousand times, but there is something different in this gaze, an intensity I do not know My mouth is dry, and I can hear the sound of my throat as I swallow.He watches me It seems that he is waiting His eyes were unwavering, green flecked with gold A certainty rose in me, lodged in my throat I will never leave him It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me Had she really thought I would not know him 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 You can t He was sitting up now, leaning forward I can t I know They never let you be famous and happy He lifted an eyebrow I ll tell you a secret Tell me I loved it when he was like this I m going to be the first He took my palm and held it to him Swear it Why me Because you re the reason Swear it I swear it, I said, lost in the high colour of his cheeks, the flame in his eyes I swear it, he echoed.There wasto say, but for once we did not say it There would be other times for speaking, tonight and tomorrow and all the days after that He let go of my hand All told this was one of the most beautiful books I ve ever read It caused me to cry, it made me angry, it made me smile and it touched me deeply I m a total mess after reading this and my emotions are still all over the place, to say I regret reading it would be one hell of a lie though.I rarely write this into my reviews but If you haven t read this, do it now You won t regret it Last but not least I want to thank my Sweet Sugar Bun who dared to buddy read this book with me Thank you for all the comments, messages and updates that made it bearable to read this book I swear if you wouldn t have discussed this with me I would have cried evenoften than I already did lol So yeah, thanks for that wonderful buddy read and for keeping my sanity intact I really appreciate it XD We definitely should go for another buddy read some time soon I heard Circe is a nice book too lol P 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 the sun Madeline Miller did what the movie producers of the film Troy 2004 were too cowardly to do she stayed true to the homosexuality of Homer sIliad rather than writing a censored version of the story which stank of homophobia Achilles and Patroclus were passionately in love, which resulted in their respective destructions They were not cousins or man at arms, but soul mates The watering down of this in the film Troy was an insult to the LGBT community NothingNothing less The attract Madeline Miller did what the movie producers of the film Troy 2004 were too cowardly to do she stayed true to the homosexuality of Homer sIliad rather than writing a censored version of the story which stank of homophobia Achilles and Patroclus were passionately in love, which resulted in their respective destructions They were not cousins or man at arms, but soul mates The watering down of this in the film Troy was an insult to the LGBT community NothingNothing less The attraction between these two men wasn t something that was rushed and squandered It was built up, ever so slowly, and delivered eloquently The two were friends from boyhood, and Patroclus was enamoured by Achilles after just one glance He didn t want to be parted from him The two grew up together, they fought together, they learnt together and they developed together They became inseparable and reliant on each other Their sexual relationship just matured as they did it it was the most natural thing in the world Like all relationships, there were issues The two weren t without their differences They clashed and quarrelled but only because they truly cared for each other Patroclus wanted to end the war, and Achilles didn t think the fight was worthy of his name he wanted a bigger war to fight in So, Patroclus, in his most bravest and stupid move goes against his lover s wish and tries to end the war with a stroke of his sword But he is no Achilles he is not a god of war He was out of his depth, outmatched and doomed It could only end in tragedyAchilles Laments the Death of Patroclus 1767 I ve not included a spoiler warning because everybody knows the story of Homer sIliad Well, at least, I hope they do Following the traditional narrative arc, Achilles goes on a mad rampage to avenge the death of his beloved In the process he simultaneously destroys and immortalises himself He got what he wanted, but not in the way he wanted it I love the way the author wrote this, I could really feel the desperate rage of an Achilles who had lost the only thing that mattered to him in the world I m so glad the author didn t deviate from the suggestions of homosexuality that were present in Homer s writing This would have failed dramatically had she done so There would have been no power, and, again, like the film Troy it would have been abysmal The romance plot in here is one of the truest and believable I ve read to date it was strong and real However, this is not to downplay the other aspects of the story It is driven by romance, but it is not defined by it There is also a story of growth, and the story of warrior who is out to prove his strength and honour in a world driven by war He just happens to like guys A strong four stars p.s I ve purposely avoided images of the movie Troy in this review Anybody who has seen it and read this book really shouldn t be putting the two side by side, at least, not if they want to make their review fair One is an insult to the story, the other a novelisation of a timeless classic.You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree. A new take on the Iliad, written by a high school classics teacher how could I not read this The Song of Achilles retells the story of Greece s greatest hero from the point of view of his best friend Patroclus The big twist Madeline Miller casts the story as a romance between Achilles and Patroclus While staying true to Greek legends and the works of Homer, Miller creatively and convincingly fills in the blanks, giving Patroclus a back story that makes perfect sense, and tracing the frie A new take on the Iliad, written by a high school classics teacher how could I not read this The Song of Achilles retells the story of Greece s greatest hero from the point of view of his best friend Patroclus The big twist Madeline Miller casts the story as a romance between Achilles and Patroclus While staying true to Greek legends and the works of Homer, Miller creatively and convincingly fills in the blanks, giving Patroclus a back story that makes perfect sense, and tracing the friendship, and eventual romance, between the two young men in a way that casts a new light on the human side of the Trojan War.I always found Achilles to be an unsympathetic character a brat, a bully, a big headed jerk who knows he s the star player on the team and throws a tantrum if he gets put on the bench Miller shows his unattractive qualities, but she also shows that Achilles is human He s capable of love He s deeply conflicted He has a sense of humor and a gentle side We see him through Patroclus s eyes, growing from a privileged child to a sensitive teen to a young man struggling to balance his personal feelings with the expectations of an entire country If you ve read the Iliad, you know that the story will have a tragic end, but it s also strangely uplifting and hopeful I ll never be able to read about these characters the same way again, and that s a good thing Reading The Song of Achilles put a new light on this ancient story It was like watching a really good interpretation of a Shakespeare play You think you know the story, but you re surprised to find how many layers of new meaning can be brought out by a smart production.The book is certainly appropriate for YA and up The prose is elegant in its simplicity Miller gives Patroclus a Hemmingway like directness I read a New York Times review of this book which I thought patently unfair, complaining that the style made the book seem like a fast food version of the Iliad I think this misses the whole point of the story Patroclus s mission in The Song of Achilles is to cut through the legend of the hero and show us the mortal side of demigod He doesn t want the pompous metaphors and flowery hyperbole of a war epic to bury Achilles s other qualities his tenderness, his insecurity, his honesty and lack of guile The Song of Achilles can serve as an excellent introduction or counterpoint to the study of the Iliad It certainly made the story new and vibrant for me, despite how many times I ve read Homer

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