52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 40

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Beautiful

Sometimes a really good book can blow up what you thought you knew about what you like to read. Miller’s new book, Circe , is getting amazing reviews—both from professional reviewers and from everyday readers—but I pretty firmly thought it wasn’t for me—that Miller’s books weren’t for me. And anyway, the hold list was pretty daunting on it. So I very hesitantly decided to pick up her first book, The Song of Achilles, and I gingerly decided to start it one night. I was sucked in nearly immediately. I was wrong about Miller’s books, you see.

The Song of Achilles is a story that many of us are familiar with. If you’ve studied mythology or classics, you probably know it. Most of us also probably know that we all have a body part we call the Achilles’ tendon, after the only weakness Achilles had. So this is Achilles story, retold by his lover, Patroclus. It’s heart-stoppingly beautiful. I don’t mind telling you that I wept at the end, even though I knew what the end would have to be from the moment I started the book. There are no happy endings in the Trojan War. I think it’s been said that if a story is told well, spoilers don’t matter. That’s absolutely the case for The Song of Achilles.

I cannot recommend The Song of Achilles highly enough. I thought I wouldn’t like it; I loved it; it made me weep; it was beautiful. There is nothing else to say about it. Click here to place on hold.

Created by Ang Romano on Jun 6th, 2018 @ 1:46 PM.
Updated on Jun 6th, 2018 @ 3:25 PM.