By Heidi van Schie
From the mind of Madeline Miller, who famously writes modern retellings of classic Greek tales, comes the story of Achilles.
The character Achilles is famous for many things: His involvement in the Trojan War and his signature weakness, his own heel, that copped the phrase, “Achilles heel”.
The relationship between Achilles and Patroclus has been used fluidly throughout the tellings and retellings of their story. In The Song of Achilles, Miller writes them exclusively as romantic partners.
The novel touches on subjects like the cost of fame, morals and what makes a hero, which becomes the theme that ties everything together by the end.
The core of this story, though, is love. Despite its intense setting, Miller manages to capture the love between them in its purest form.
The book is marketed and sold as a romantic tragedy, it’s the type of story that will make you smile in public and cry in private.
If you like Greek myths, romance and tragedy, then this book is for you.