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The Song of Achilles - May 2019 Book Group discussion thread

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May 2019
7:59pm, 25 May 2019
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Little Nemo
Thanks for the info about Circe being out in paperback! I might wait a bit until my TBR pile is a bit smaller though....
May 2019
12:52pm, 30 May 2019
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quimby
Well, I finished it and gave it a 7. It is certainly not a book I would have picked up if not for the book group. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't terribly dry history. I liked Patroclus, although his killing spree in Achilles' armour was a bit unbelievable.
Jul 2019
7:11am, 26 Jul 2019
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LindsD
I loved this. Normally I don't get on with books based on Greek mythology as I can't retain all the details of the actual myths but that was probably an advantage here. I found their love story beautifully described and the bits about war and tradition and culture very well done. I especially liked the little references to the fact that they were not speaking English. The only thing that jarred a bit was the transformation at the end, how Achilles became so proud, but I guess that's the story and all those years of war and killing would do that. Going to read back now.
Jul 2019
7:21am, 26 Jul 2019
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LindsD
And I just bought this (before reading SoA, and totally coincidentally)

nytimes.com
Jul 2019
5:49pm, 27 Jul 2019
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Columba
I passed the book on to Youngest Son and he says he thinks it's the best book he's ever read.
Jul 2019
5:50pm, 27 Jul 2019
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Serendippily
Goodness :-)
Jul 2019
6:06pm, 27 Jul 2019
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Columba
(His degree was in Ancient History and Archaeology, which may have something to do with it)

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