I wasn’t planning on posting another book review today but sometimes books move you. You immediately have to record your thoughts. Well here are two of my more recent reads that gave me this feeling.
The Songe of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I set here just moments from reading the last word still in awe. I am filled to the brim with emotions.
Let me start at the beginning. This is the story of Patroclus and his gravitational connection to Achilles. From his begins as a prince disgraced, his paths crosses Achilles and nothing will ever be the same.
The bond between these two “brothers” isn’t an easy one in the beginning. I can imagine how Patroclus felt when he ended up in the presence of a descendent of the gods.
Patroclus soon realizes that he is the moon to Achilles’ stars. They grow and learn together picking up on each other mannerisms.
When Agamemnon comes calling for support in retreiving Helen of Troy, Patroclus is bound by an oath made a decade before. Achilles refuses to leave his side.
The Iliad is nothing new to anyone. However I could have never imagined a story told from a man who deep down in his soul is woven to Achilles.
Their bond is so beautifully and subtly written. I often catch myself rereading parts because my firs thought was “Wait?! What?! Did that just happen?!”
If you have any interest in Greek mythology, I stronglty urge you to read this. I feel like this will leave a lasting imprint in my memory.
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The Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances by Ruth Emmie Lang
I have never experienced a character like Weylen Grey. He immediately pulled at my emotional and had me rotting for him. His struggles to navigate life choked me up. When he felt the joy of his first true friendship in Mary my heart soared with his.
Lang weaves a tale that is trully original. I think there is a little bit of Weylen in each of us who in some ways just wants to be accepted for who we really are.
Weylen was so real to me and hit me on a deep level. As each window to a different point inhis life open you couldn’t hel pbut be invested in his jounrney, all the joys as well as the bone-crushin sorrows.
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May your path be lined with extraordinary people. — xx