I can’t think of a suitable opening line to review this astounding piece of art that is the book ‘The Song of Achilles’. I am in LOVE – with the book, the story, the narration, the plot line – all of it! I haven’t been the biggest fan of mythology for most of my life but over the past few years I’ve gotten hooked to reading retellings of Indian mythologies from a newer perspectives. Someone recommended this book to me a while back and I finally got down to reading it two days back. I literally wasn’t able to put my Kindle down once I started reading this book – the book just sucked me into its world and getting out was so difficult.
PLOT: The book is the retelling of events leading upto and of the Trojan War from the perspective of Patroclus. Patroclus is a prince who is exiled from his kingdom as a young boy for accidentally murdering a boy. He is sent to Phthia where he meets Achilles, the half-God prince of Phthia. Something about Patroclus attracts Achilles who chooses him to be his close confidant. As they grow up together, a close bond is formed between them that soon turns into a deep burning love for each other. Achilles was born to do great things and Patroclus is happy just to be around to see him achieve them. The story follows their lives and love from their childhood in Phthia to the battlefield of Troy.
REVIEW: I was familiar with the story of Achilles and the battle of Troy but didn’t know anything about Achilles and Patroclus’s relationship. Reading the book from Patroclus’s perspective let me view the entire story from a whole different angle. The book was focused on Achilles and Patroclus’s love and the other historical aspects as backdrops to their love story. Something about their story just had me spellbound and I found myself wanting to know more. (I literally googled extensively about it during and after reading the book) There were moments through out the book that moved me a lot – feelings and situations that anyone that has ever been in love will find relatable. The author has beautifully captured the evolving feelings of love from when its new to when it gets more familiar and relaxed. I can’t put into words how much I loved the book. The book evoked the same emotions in me that the song ‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls does. *sigh* I have stayed away from romantic story lines for a while since most are cliched and annoying. I didn’t expect this love story to change that for me but it did. I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about the book either – it is definitely a rare book that had me won over throughout.
VERDICT: Go read it NOW if you haven’t already! It will definitely put you in that romantic mood for Valentine’s day. 10/10
Which was the last book that really moved you? Leave your recommendations in the comments!
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