Whether your shelf is bursting with books or the only covering is a particularly thick dust from disuse, you should definitely add at least one more to it. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is, quite ironically, indescribably beautiful. What you might recall as a classic myth of Achilles and Patroclus battling in the Trojan War will become infinitely more precious. Even the most dry-eyed readers will not be able to keep from abject sobbing. ‘Name one hero who was happy’ – you won’t be either. You might think it impossible to be both miserable and content, but it truly is. If you’re not fond of a tenderly exquisite relationship gently built by incredible lexis and imagery, then you’re wrong. Or rather, you’ll be swiftly persuaded a couple of pages in.
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