This book is amazing, outstanding, [insert other great adjectives], ...
It is a real page turner, a thriller train, a massively compelling soul dragginThis book is amazing, outstanding, [insert other great adjectives], ...
It is a real page turner, a thriller train, a massively compelling soul dragging book. I don't even know what soul dragging is supposed to mean but I am left in true awe and unable to think because of what I just had to process in these last nerve wracking chapters.
Everyone who loves intense climaxes and "holy shit" plot twists should read this. I CAN NOT RECOMMEND THIS ENOUGH. GO READ THIS!...more
Ik was geen fan van het hoofdpersonage, maar volgde hoe dan ook met enige interesse zijn gedachten. Deze Blaarbeekse vertelling immers maakte mij duidIk was geen fan van het hoofdpersonage, maar volgde hoe dan ook met enige interesse zijn gedachten. Deze Blaarbeekse vertelling immers maakte mij duidelijk dat er iets niet klopte, waardoor mijn nieuwsgierigheid werd aangewakkerd.
Een boek dat niet enkel gaat over gemeentepolitiek, maar ook over relaties, corruptie en intrige. Het heeft me verrast....more
Sometimes hard to pull yourself trough the detailed description of finances, but Balzac has this mix of romantic and realistic writing that kept me goSometimes hard to pull yourself trough the detailed description of finances, but Balzac has this mix of romantic and realistic writing that kept me going. Occasionally, he'd surprise me with his striking portrayal of characters and poem like descriptions. To conclude: I have mixed feelings about this book. It didn't turn out amazing as I had hoped, but it wasn't terribly bad either. Note: read in the original language: French
When I first laid my eyes on this book, I knew I had to read it, to have it in my possession. You can say it was love for books at first sight. SometiWhen I first laid my eyes on this book, I knew I had to read it, to have it in my possession. You can say it was love for books at first sight. Sometimes, I have this superpower that leads me to great books.
And I did love it!
As a student who studies Ancient Greek, I read some excerpts from Homer's Illiad in it's original language. I got excited to have found a book that not only tells the story of Achilles, but most of all of his dear companion Patroclus. It was refreshing to read about the Trojan war from Patroclus' perspective. But most of all was it... interesting to read about the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus
While I only read just a little from the Illiad, I recognized a lot of parts that Miller has succeeded into retelling in all it's details and richness without it getting too repetitive, like in the original epos.
I really enjoyed how Miller brought the ancient characters to life by giving them and heartwarming childhood. Their innocence is heartbreakingly human. Their fate, cruel.
And here's the part that really got to me. Even though I knew what would happen. How many times have I not heard about this tale? How many times have I not studied the Trojan war in Greek history? It truly was a prolepsis that could not be unseen. It is known that Achilles' and Patroclus' fates are not happy. Yet I still held that ridiculously tiny amount of hope, that maybe Miller would somehow create a happy end. But I knew very well that there was no other choice.
When I finally reached to the end, I cried. Ugh How sentimental that sounds. Having read about Achilles' and Patrocles' from when they were just children 'till their best years of life, I grew attached to them. I couldn't believe, I wouldn't believe that their story has already ended, a long time ago.
I get my romance and drama from these kinds of stories.