Recommended :: The Song of Achilles

January 16, 2013


"The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller
I’ve been at the library every few days lately and I love it – how did it take me so long to discover the wonder that is the library??!! It’s basically a free bookstore. Usually I go in and start by searching for books on my to read list but I also browse too which gives me many more books to add to that list!

The Song of Achilles” was recommended to me as an absorbing read by my friend Nancy.

The description from Amazon reads: “Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful— irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.”

I enjoyed reading this book and it made me wish my knowledge of Greek mythology and history was a bit stronger – it’s a pretty fascinating subject. When I was reading I was accessing long ago read information, recently watched movies, and picturing Brad Pitt from his recent turn playing Achilles!!!

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