For this weeks Fast Friday review I picked The Song of Achilles. I actually already wrote about it once when I wrote about five books I gave a one star rating on Goodreads. So you’re probably seeing where this is going… I did not like The Song of Achilles one bit. But the funny thing is, I seem to be one of the few people with this opinion. The book is very well liked and author Madeline Miller even won the Orange Prize for fiction for it. Luckily, everybody is entitled to their own opinion and nothing can change mine. I genuinely dislike The Song of Achilles. So here’s a Fast Friday review for you.
Thank you Goodreads, for always being there for me.
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
Give it to me fast
Author: Madeline Miller
Year of publication: 2011
Rating on Goodreads: 4.3
What I would rate it: 1
Why is it a Fast Friday? For one, it’s an older book as it’s from 2011. The second reason is that Madeline Miller’s new book is out now: Circe. And even though I really like the premise and I absolutely love the cover, I am hesitant to read it. Since I dislike this book and all…
Explain the title: It’s about Achilles. It’s kinda self-explanatory.
Favorite character: Achilles. He has always been my favorite character from Greek mythology. I am still sad I’ve never seen a good impression of him on screen somewhere. Go hide in the corner of shame Brad Pitt!
Tell me something I might not know: I sincerely hope you know Achilles and Patroclus were lovers. So fun fact: the Master of Myths himself, Rick Riordan, gave this book a whopping 5 star rating on Goodreads. Which makes me even sadder I didn’t like it at all.
You should read this if you like: Well I wouldn’t recommend this to anybody but since I’m alone, go and read this if you like Greek mythology.
And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.
Give it to me a bit longer
I fear that it’s Miller’s writing style that put me off the most. I love the characters and I love the backstory. And I love the fact that there’s now a book that depicts the younger years of Achilles and Patroclus, and how they fell in love. But I just couldn’t get through this. It’s boring as hell, there’s lots of purple prose and the characters are just flat. There’s hardly any character development. Pat is just too boring and Achilles is too perfect. I really need another, better book about these two awesome heroes.
But, as said, I am pretty much alone in my opinion of giving The Song of Achilles one star. So by all means, go and read this. You’ll probably like it. Though if you don’t, you can’t say I didn’t warn you. Though I want to give you a high five and become reading buddies if you share my opinion.