sábado, 26 de dezembro de 2015

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Published on September 20, 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Oh boy, this book was such a disappointment for me, it had everything to make me love it: a revival of a well know mythology character, ancient history and a gay ship to give me all the shippy feels but in the end none of this actually worked for me. I think that what killed this for me was the writing, all of the sentences and paragrafes were too fragmented, written on short sentences which annoyed me and the scenes were all short too, so this didn't let me get a good pacing while reading the story because I could pick it up, read a scene of a page or two and put it back down again, usually if I have to push myself to finish chapters at least I have more progress on my reading.

Other thing that didn't worked for me was the fact that tried too hard to be like an actual myth - if you already had to read one for a history class you know what I'm talking about, it's all very formal and detached and centered on the conflicts, leaving things like characters on the second plane to the plot,  and this ended up giving me a sense of detachment with its characters and their stories. I guess the wrong on this was me, since I was expecting pure fiction while going into this and with these expectations I wanted all the feels and etc. Or maybe it was just the hype towards this tittle.

I would recommend this if you like history/mythology and is looking for a new read and/or is interested on ancient history for fun/class/work, but as a work of fiction alone it didn't worked for me and I'm not sure to who it would work, if you're interested on this one but isn't sure it's gonna work for you probably just pick it up on the library or read an excerpt here.

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