The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller
A view of the familiar world of Greek myths and legends as seen through the unfamiliar eyes of Patroclus, a minor character of the Iliad. Patroculs tells his version of the story of Achilles, his companion and friend since childhood. A world away from the version of I was told at school! This beautifully written the book is overflowing with history, romance, superstition, passion, sex and violence. Patroclus, a healer and man of peace, sensitively recounts their life together culminating in the years of the Siege of Troy.
I am so glad I didn’t give up with the tales of boyhood exploits at the beginning because I became totally engrossed in the book and felt a haunting sadness and loss as I read the end. A worthy winner of the Orange Prize.