Every fortnight, the girls of Margin will be reviewing a new book that's available at our Frances Compton Library. This week, Emily reviews historical fiction sensation The Song of Achilles.
Review by Emily Innes
I originally picked up "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller due to the many Booktok videos that recommended it, having big expectations, and it did not disappoint. I was completely blown away. This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster through ancient Greece, love, and war.
First things first, the writing style is like nothing I've ever encountered. It's so beautiful and descriptive in a way that made me feel like I was right there in the midst of everything. Miller’s writing brought the world of Greek mythology to life through the grand batters and emotions. I found myself wanting to underline sentences just because they were so perfectly crafted.
Now, let's talk about Patroclus and Achilles. Their love story shot me right through the heart. The way their relationship evolved from a simple friendship to an all-consuming love was both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. I love how Miller made them feel real by exploring their vulnerabilities and fears. This piece of literature is not just a love story; it's a journey of growth and sacrifice that had me rooting for them until the very end.
The backdrop of the famous Trojan War adds a layer of excitement and tension to the narrative. The battles, the alliances, and the gods' interference created a captivating atmosphere, one I found similar to Virgil's Aeneid. Yet, what truly shone through was the impact of war on individuals. The toll it took on Patroclus, Achilles, and everyone involved was portrayed so poignantly that it left me thinking long after I closed the book.
I would like to mention that this book doesn't shy away from more mature themes. It's raw, it's emotional, and it's not afraid to tackle complex issues. So, if you're comfortable with that, you're in for a remarkable read.
In the end, "The Song of Achilles" isn't just a retelling of an ancient myth; it's a love letter to the power of storytelling itself. I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't put it down. If you're into mythology, romance, and deep emotional journeys, you absolutely have to give this book a shot. Madeline Miller's writing is a true masterpiece, and I'm so glad I picked this up.
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