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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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Jun 27, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: greece-and-rome
Read from June 18 to 19, 2012

Achilles from the point of view of Patroclus. Some of the childhood/adolescent stuff was vivid and fresh--though it's a fairly straightforward awkward-type meets golden boy and against-all-odds infatuation ensues,--but the Trojan War stuff really lost me: it is mopey, one-dimensional, and full of missed opportunities and poor decisions. For example, wherefore the weak characterization of Patroclus? I wanted sparks to fly, for Achilles's legendary passion to be met with equal force of character, not the mawkish blitherings of some fraidy-cat pushover humanitarian. Ai, talk about out of place! Patroclus should ache for battle and for Greek triumphant, hence his insistence on impersonating Achilles; stubborn and sulky Achilles won't go into battle himself but also can't stand in Patroclus' way--in part out of affection for him but also in recognition of a force of will.
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