Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Me - I'm always a sucker for a swords and sandals epic, and Madeline Miller paints a rich and dynamic picture of ancient times where mortals, heroes, gods, and centaurs roamed the earth together (much like Second Life - but with a plot).
Not only that, Homer's classic story of the Iliad focusses on Achilles, and is told here from the viewpoint of his lover Patroclus, weaving it's path from boyhood, through the intrigue of the Kings and Princes of Greece, right upto the gate's of Troy, and their final confrontation with Hector, Paris and the gang. If you liked Spartacus, Game of Thrones, or for that matter anything involving well built young men, in ancient Greek military uniform... there's a good chance you'll enjoy this. You'll also discover how those very familiar names from the classics fit together in a well researched and beautifully told story.
Now where did I put those sandals?!
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, published by Bloomsbury.