GROUP READ - The Song of Achilles
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I don't think we have to worry about spoilers since the story of Achilles is well known. I started the book this morning and am already halfway through the book.
When I was reading the battle descriptions, I had to push a picture of Brad Pitt out of my mind. (It still lurked there, however, a picture of him leaping in the air and coming down with his sword.) I was fascinated with the description of using a spear. I honestly didn't think there was much more than stabbing. I have a picture in my mind of Roman troops with a forest of spears in the air.
I found the portrayed love between the two men to be deeper and more complex than I imagined.
I was really moved by the ending of the book. Perfect!
ETA: I haven't seen Troy but I don't mind picturing Brad Pitt as I read this book. ;)
That seals it. I'm starting this next, as soon as I complete my current read.
Guess now I'll HAVE TO read it.
ETA: That starts June 10th.
My library only has the summer reading program for kids and teens.
Usually it's only kids and teens, so I was VERY excited :)
This was so gorgeously written.
People were probably wondering why I sobbed at the end of the Gatsby movie, too, when I knew what was coming already. It's just the way it goes!
I am the final days before summer and I am reading my shelves and keeping an eye out for likely books to weed when a particularly old (1950) book of Homer's classics caught my eye. I opened it to a random page and this is what jumped out at me.
In wrath therefor shall goodly Achilles slay Hector.
It brought tears to my eyes again. I am half considering trying to read this version of the Iliad but I don't know if I can stand the old-style language. but I do love that line! This is how The Iliad starts:
Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles Peleus' son, the ruinous wrath that brought on the Achaians woes innumerable, and hurled down into Hades many strong souls of heroes, and gave their bodies to be a prey to dogs and all winged fowls; and so the counsel of Zeus wrought out its accomplishment from the day when first strife parted Atreides king of men and noble Achilles.
Beth, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it especially since I think I was the one who suggested it for a group read.
I knew about Achilles and Hector but the way that the characters were fleshed out seemed so real. I loved it.
I read this today, I am spending the weekend in Galicia, but as my friends don't arrive until tomorrow, I took advantage of some rare free time and some sunshine to finish this. What a great read.
Well written, with good detail. It is hard to breathe new life into such a well-known tale, especially one that has been written about and filmed many a time. I liked the myths were mixed into reality, that we see Achilles as the son of a water goddess, amongst others. The love story is also handled well, surviving the transistion of boy to manhood. Highly recommended.
My question is, why the switches from past to present tense seemingly at random? It made a bit of sense at the end but happened a few times throughout. I looked for a pattern but couldn't find one. Did anyone else notice and see the reasoning?
Madeline Miller gave me a window into The Iliad which I then read and what a story that is - as relevant to today's turbulant times as ever it was!