The Song of Achilles
By Madeline Miller
Why this book?
Before Miller introduced readers to the inner life of the Odyssey’s famous sorceress in her wildly popular Circe, she breathed life into a minor character in Homer’s other great epic, the Iliad. In a book I find more compelling and satisfying than Circe, Miller retells the story of the Trojan War through the eyes of Patroclus, best friend to the great hero Achilles. The Song of Achilles is both a magical coming-of-age tale and an unconventional love story that begins long before the ships set sail for Troy. Patroclus is deeply mortal; Achilles is the son of a goddess, endowed with phenomenal skill in battle. As myth and legend unfold around them, their friendship evolves into a love story every bit as epic as that of Helen and Paris.
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