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The Song of Achilles: Bloomsbury Modern Classics [9781408891384]

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A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The Song of Achilles, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list. Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction

The god touches his finger to the arrow's fletching. Then he breathes, a puff of air - as if to send dandelions flying, to push toy boats over water. And the arrow flies, straight and silent, in a curving, downward arc towards Achilles' back. Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, the boys develop a tender friendship, a bond which blossoms into something deeper as they grow into young men. But when Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Achilles is dispatched to distant Troy to fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

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    An interesting mythological tale!

    Posted by Eloise Spencer on 11th Aug 2021

    I love historical fiction novels, but I found myself limited in the era’s I have been reading. I really wanted to branch out and managed to do that with this novel.

    The Song of Achilles tells the story of Patroclus and Achilles. Two young men who’s bond and friendship blossoms over the years. But a war pulls them away from their home and towards a different journey.

    I always loved learning about Ancient Greek myths in school. I had been wanting to delve more into this area as an adult. This novel was my initial dip into this area and I really enjoyed it. It was informative but in an easy manner. I admit, I struggled a little with the names at times, but that is not the fault of Miller. This is the first LGBTQ+ book I have ever read, I particularly loved that the romance was very different to what might typically be seen. The bond felt real, wholesome and heart-warming.

    I loved the beginning and end sections. The last couple of lines of the book really moved me, making me feel emotional and overwhelmed. However, I found the middle section, involving the war, was a little slow. That being said, the war was meant to have lasted over a decade, so it makes sense that it was a long period of very similar situations. Miller’s writing is sublime, with vivid and haunting descriptions!

    I would recommend this to anyone that loves historical novels with a touch of war and romance, especially if you want to learn more about Greek mythology.

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