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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller Such a well constructed story. I was just bummed by the exclusion of two thins towards the end though only one was, in my opinion, crucial to the true emotional completion if Achilles character. In The Iliad Priam reminds Achilles of his father and they both weep ove all they've lost. its that fact -- I believe -- this book needs to complete the story. Achilles loses his romantic love and he also is never going to see his father again. Achilles loses everything for his military fame. He has to weep.

I like that Miller has put together a cohesive, convincing, and emotionally real story of Patroclus. Just felt like the ending missed a key opportunity with Achilles.