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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller It just isn't enough to write a modern update of a myth these days. You can write it well until the cows come home (and Miller is a fine writer, nothing extraordinary, but fine) - but you have to do something interesting about it or choose an under-retold myth. The Iliad is NOT an under-retold myth, so you have to pull the former: let's talk about how Achilles was probably gay. But from his lover's point of view. And let's start it like a Judy Blume novel and then not really get into the war stuff but see it all from gushy romantic points of view. There was just something so frustratingly mundane about this book. It is just fine. Nothing more, nothing less. More about it at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-E3