5 out of 5 stars!
A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The Song of Achilles, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list
The god touches his finger to the arrow’s fletching. Then he breathes, a puff of air – as if to send dandelions flying, to push toy boats over water. And the arrow flies, straight and silent, in a curving, downward arc towards Achilles’ back.
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. Despite their differences, the boys develop a tender friendship, a bond which blossoms into something deeper as they grow into young men.
But when Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Achilles is dispatched to distant Troy to fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
I have no words.
The things I am feeling right now, I cannot describe. This book has left a mark on my heart and soul so deep, I don’t think I will ever recover from it. I wept and wept at the end of this book. The sorrow and joy I felt were like no other. The love between Achilles and Patroclus is so tender and so beautiful that my heart ache. What a love to have and what a story to tell.
This book is no doubt the highlight of my reading so far this year and no doubt has become one of my all time favourite books. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry. This is why you need to read a modern classic, a book that is so well written and so effortlessly captivates the heart of millions of the readers.
I cannot say anymore as my heart hurts so bad. I will close this review with a quote from the book, hopefully it will touch you and make you pick up this book.
“The never-ending ache of love and sorrow. Perhaps in some other life I could have refused, could have torn my hair and screamed, and made him face his choice alone. But not in this one. He would sail to Troy and I would follow, even into death, yes, I whispered. Yes.”