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The Song of Achilles came out earlier this month, so I'm re-posting my December review to remind you that if you do not get your own copy a.s.a.p., you will miss a stellar read.
Why must you read this novel? First and foremost, The Song of Achilles is one of those rare novels during which you immediately and persistently feel that blissful tension between
"I want to race through this page-turner as fast as I humanly can, it's so amazing!"
"I want to ration every page, every syllable so I can keep reading this book forever and never get to the end!"
That's a once or thrice a year phenomenon for me, and if that's true for you too, The Song of Achilles will likely enchant you.
What's it about? Simple. It's a modern retelling of the life of Achilles, the great Greek hero of the Trojan War, as seen through the eyes of his best friend, Patroclus. Their enduring and complex love for each other is cast against the dire machinations of their compatriots (and enemies) in this Iliad for our age. Jealousy and passion, blood and desire and coming-of-age in a complex world of gods and men: that's what it's about too.
If all that doesn't set you leaping to pre-order, how about these additional features?
- The fast-moving plot that intensifies and deepens page by page
- Miller's clean, clear prose style enriched by the occasional gorgeous turn of phrase and rich-but-not-heavy-handed imagery, symbolism
- It's an engrossing re-telling of a classic (The Iliad) that we all probably should have read by possibly didn't (I did, but hated it compared with The Odyssey) yet offered in a writing style and syntax that makes the content not merely interesting and accessible but provocatively contemporary as well.
- It may challenge and deepen your ideas about the nature of love and war. Certainly, you'll reflect on these twin pillars of human nature again and again as you read.
- Miller's characters, fully drawn, carry their mythic personas into our contemporary world with perfect ease and relevance.