Orange Reading: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I adored this one and I hope it wins the Orange Prize which will be announced this week. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a retelling of parts of the Iliad focusing on the story of Achilles told from the point of view of his closest friend and lover, Patroclus. Most of you probably know how this story will end but in spite of that Miller has written a moving and beautiful love story where Achilles is a wonderful and charismatic hero (so unlike the Brad Pitt version in Troy). Patroclus is sensitive and awkward and can't help falling in love with his best friend. I was completely caught up in the story and I loved the two main characters. This is a passionate and ultimately heartbreaking novel.


  1. Hello, Mrs B! I love this novel too! It's my best read so far for this year. I sure hope that it wins the Orange. By the way, if it does win the Orange, it's going to be the last to be called as such. The Orange sponsor is pulling out after this year's award. So sad.

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    2. Hi Peter! Like you, it's the best book I've read this year. I hope it wins!

  2. Oh my goodness I seriously loved this book! Definitely heartbreaking as you say, I cried several times when reading it!


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