The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller tells the story of Achilles and Patroclus during their childhood and the Trojan war, focusing on the breathtakingly beautiful romance they share. The characters, though set in ancient Greece, are personable and relatable with genuinely inspiring views on love, life and death. There is somewhat of a historical debate over the nature of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. However, Miller’s retelling of the story offers a tale that will undoubtedly make you fall in love with Achilles and Patroclus’ bond.
It reads like poetry, flowing effortlessly with numerous poignant lines which will force you to reach for your highlighter in the hopes to internalize them. The Song of Achilles is truly one of a kind: it’s the kind of book that stays with you days after reading and you wonder if you’ll ever find something that matches it’s greatness. (Can you tell I liked the book?)
Also, it’s just recently been announced by Madeline Miller that “Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd., producer of the acclaimed BBC series Peaky Blinders, has optioned the rights to The Song of Achilles for a possible television mini-series.” If it’s anything like the book, it’s surely going to be a hit! So if you want to get ahead of the crowd, I’d recommend picking up the book and immersing yourself in Miller’s world. You can purchase it from Waterstones, WHSmiths or Amazon.
Ultimately I debated how many stars to give TSOA, I was hesitant to go for broke but to be honest, I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t give it five stars.