The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller · read July 11, 2019


Another beautiful read - I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Circe, but it was still great. I loved the way that the story played with the readers' foreknowledge of the Trojan War while managing to surprise. At times the style made the tale feel almost glossy, which created an interesting contrast with the content.

He knew, but it was not enough. The sorrow was so large it threatened to tear through my skin. When he died, all things swift and beautiful and bright would be buried with him. I opened my mouth, but it was too late.

Julia Cooke © 2023