Something Borrowed + Something New: November 2015
Borrowed from the local library and ugh, this book: it gutted me completely. This will be a minireview me thinks? This book is not only well written but the plot is winding and twisting, it’s crazy and beautiful and scary. OK so let me try and be proper about this:
Style: just beautiful. I was showing a coworker the book and she wasn’t interested because antiquity fiction isn’t her thing but she did note that the style of the book felt like art. I never thought of it that way but the way she described Miller’s writing and tone, it really is like a piece of art!
Content: oh man, the characters in this are so well fleshed out and diverse it’s amazing. She weaves magic and mythology into this where the gods become startling real and their fearsome power is something truly awesome to behold. I also quite liked that sea nymphs in this piece aren’t Ariel mermaid quality. They’re cold gods and goddesses and terrifying.
What makes the book though, is Patroclus’ growth and how he is interwoven into Achilles’ life. This book is an Achilles show but Patroclus is the true narrator, the true author, the true genius behind everything. The romance in this book is amazing and you’ll never ever hear me say that romance was the reason I liked a book. Never. Ever. At the end, without being too spoilery, I cried and cried and cried. And what’s worse is I want to read it all again, to cry more.
OK so I’ve been slacking on my french for the longest and I remembered that the only way I showed any interest in the language was through reading it. Now, I didn’t want to read a classic like I was forced to at school, I wanted something I knew I’d enjoy- hence Harry Potter! I just need a dictionary now and then I’m set. Yes!