Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is an achingly beautiful love story. I was super excited to read this and had been meaning too for a long time after many, many recommendations and having absolutely LOVED Circe. I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed!

The Song of Achilles tells the story of the legendary Greek warrior Achilles, narrated by his lover Patroclus, a boy cast-out by his own family and fostered by Achilles’ father. The two young boys, who have starkly different characters, are drawn together as they grow up, forming an unbreakable bond as one quests from greatness and the other yearns for peace.

Miller’s writing is superb and she has done the original telling of this part of Greek legend justice, sticking close to the original story but giving it her own brilliant stamp. I wasn’t much familiar with Patroclus before reading this, but I’m sure I will always remember his role in the Trojan War henceforth.

And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.

Madeline Miller

I also love how Miller doesn’t over-glorify the gods in her writing, again sticking truer to the original myths and legends. Often the Greek gods seem to be portrayed as some sort of Olympus-dwelling conglomerate personality, but Miller always does a fantastic job of bringing out their less godly characteristics – in this instance spite and stubbornness in Thetis.

If you’re a fan of the Greek myths and legends, then you simply have to read this one. I cannot wait to see what Miller comes up with next (I’ve heard whispers it’s the Tempest), but I can guarantee you that I’ll be reading it when it does come out!

You can buy a copy of The Song of Achilles from your local independent bookshop through Hive here!

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

This wonderful novel spans generations and combines the power of 12 startling voices to share the experiences of British women of color. Mainly set in London we hear the story of a proud black lesbian playwright, her sassy super-feminist daughter and a sexually fluid millennial, just to name a couple.

Black History Month Reads

It’s Black History Month in the UK and I decided this year I should finally get round to reading some of those incredible stories that I haven’t quite made time for yet.

One Day by David Nicholls

Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

I can definitely see why this books is a bit love it or hate it. The story of Dexter and Em is given to us in snapshots, Starting from their meeting at uni up to their late 30s, the book oozes sexual tension, but with an increasingly dark edge which reminded me of Sally Rooney’s novels.

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