“Name one hero that was happy” (Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles)
The Song of Achilles is nothing less than what’d you expect to read when you pick it up at your closest bookstore or library, trying to find the perfect read- and hey! It’s the perfect length to be a book you can really get into without taking months to finish reading it, nor do you need any prior knowledge to read this intriguing book about Greek Mythology. And the orange label engraved on the cover, “Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction,” may really tip your decision.
But, let me be honest, this is not a page turner. It is not a book that makes you come straight home and reach for the bookshelf- not till a bit later anyway. But, if you do choose to pick it up, it is definitely well worth the read. It begins a bit slowly, taking a slower pace, but Miller does this very cleverly. The picture is vivid, the setting, characters and events are ultra-realistic, and thus taking a slower pace ensures that we are at once in the story along with the characters we are reading about. Honestly, I could not have said this if I did not finish reading the book, but it is a beautiful story, with even better imagery. I am thoroughly happy that I finished reading the book, it was really rewarding. Miller really makes sure you go on the journey with these characters, change when they do, understand the way their mind works, and feel as if they are a part of your own world.
A story of courage, bravery, honesty, and very importantly: love. If you are even considering buying this, I highly recommend that you do.