Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Product DetailsI have been a fan of Greek mythology for as long as I can remember.  My favorite hero when I was young was Perseus because he was lucky enough to ride Pegasus.  What little girl doesn't dream of Pegasus?   But as I grew older, I read many, many of the Greek tragedies including The Odyssey, The Illiad, Oedipus Rex, and Antigone.  

I was having trouble coming up with a book for the category "A book about a major world event" for my goodreads challenge.  I love reading nonfiction but I don't really like reading about natural disasters or bank collapses.  I had already read The 6th Extinction, so I was at a lose and then I came across this.  I remembered the story of the Trojan war of beautiful Helen and the "face that launched a thousand ships".   I was sold.

This is the story of Achilles, as told through the perspective of his companion, Patrocles.  I love that the author made this story, what I believe to be historically accurate.  No, I don't mean that Achilles is the son of a goddess,  I mean culturally accurate.  I believe that this book represented some of the attitudes and practices of the time.    It was a quick read and I enjoyed every minute.   If you enjoy Greek mythology too, you definitely want to look into this one.   4 out of 5 stars. 

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