July books: Madeline Miller – The Song of Achilles

book cover

This review includes spoilers as I assume most people know the tale of the siege of Troy

I have always been interested in the story of the siege of Troy and this is an excellent retelling focusing on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. The video below gives an introduction to the book. (Spoilers below the video…..)

The story is told from the point of view of Patroclus as his relationship with Achilles develops and deepens, a relationship that will lead to his death outside the walls of Troy, impersonating Achilles in a bid to save the day.

Further reading

http://www.madelinemiller.com

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/greece/the_myth_of_the_trojan_war/the_myth_of_the_trojan_war.aspx

http://archive.archaeology.org/0405/etc/troy.html

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