The Song of Achilles

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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.

Marie

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