The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I was not expecting to enjoy this but I did – a lot. It is a reimagining of the story of Achilles and Patroclus – how they went to fight with the Greeks at Troy, how they died, and so on. But it is retold as a love story, narrated by Patroclus. A lot of writing about Greek myths struggles to deal with the involvement of the Gods – it is not easy to deal with the intimate engagement in the story of supernatural beings. But in this book this is done extremely well – no clouds or lyres here.

I recommend it, especially to people with an interest in the great story of the fall of Troy and the Homeric epics.

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