Review: The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles by Made­line Miller
My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars

The myth of Achilles is a sto­ry that has fas­ci­nat­ed me ever since I was younger, so it was time for a deep-dive. With­out spoil­ing too much of the sto­ry, I was a bit dis­ap­point­ed that the expec­ta­tion with regards to his heel were not met. I have come to learn that this was added to the sto­ry at a lat­er moment in time and hence might be imag­ined, but so were many oth­er parts of the sto­ry. Appar­ent­ly, hearsay is dif­fi­cult to cor­rect, once it has spread among the pop­u­lous, almost like a (corona)virus of the mind. Hon­est­ly, I liked the well-known end­ing bet­ter, but I appre­ci­ate this more real­is­tic ver­sion of the death of a half-god. For me there was def­i­nite­ly a part in the mid­dle of the book with which I strug­gled and luck­i­ly the pace picked up lat­er on. The fact that the pro­tag­o­nist was such a wuss from the start out might be the cause. All in all, after this, I am look­ing for­ward to read more sto­ries of mythol­o­gy, both Greek and Norse.

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