The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

About the book

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. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, 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’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Reviewed by Enthusiastic Reading Group

A beautifully written love story. Provoked lots of discussion including Achilles’ “heel”! The author handled the issue of same sex relationship with taste and compassion. A very readable book covering history, relationships and conflict well.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller”

  1. Review by Perspectives Reading Group
    A very well written and accessible account of the Greek legend. Full of emotion in all ways. Eloquent throughout and very engaging.
    Star rating ****

  2. Review by The Cake Club
    Interesting, well written and very readable. A deserved winner of the Orange Prize.
    Star rating ****

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