This book The Song of Achilles was originally published in 2011, by American writer Madeline Miller. Set during the Greek heroic age (or time of the Trojan War), this book depicts the concept of Patroclus and Achilles as lovers. In fairness, literary scholars often make that argument. In some depictions of the hero Achilles, there have been suggestions that he and Patroclus were more than just close friends. So, Miller ends up taking advantage of this concept and creates a world of her own.
Notable passages from the book:
"“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
“And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
“I have done it," she says. At first I do not understand. But then I see the tomb, and the marks she has made on the stone. A C H I L L E S, it reads. And beside it, P A T R O C L U S."
"Go," she says. "He waits for you." In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”
This book was a hidden gem that I did not know I needed. The writing was incredible and almost magical. The storyline was strong and I just rooted for Achilles and Patroclus, their friendship beaming and blooming into something more. I just cannot say enough positive things about this story.
So, I'd rate the book 5/5.
Have you read this book? I'd recommend it.
Thank you, and stay safe
The Modernist Son, 2020-