It's the best book I've read this year and is one of the best stand alones I've ever read. It had the great mixture of everything you could ever wish for and even for a mythology nerd like me it satisfied me way more then I think it would've.
This book is a roller-coaster that while, seemingly, about one singular thing has many ups and downs and stories- enough to cover one person's entire life. And, indeed, you feel as if you have lived a life beside this character. This story is so much more than one thing.
Almost every scene stands out for me. I can picture almost every scene in the book, even now about two months after I've listened to it. It's not often a book manages to stay with you that much, but this book did.
I attempted to read this book after listening to the audio book and found that the most jarring thing for me was the pacing- while I could read the novel itself in about two hours, listening to this over the course of several days, ten hours, made it much more emotional and hard hitting.
I would have loved to, but honestly I'm not sure it would do the book justice. Half the experience for me was thinking about what COULD happen next when I didn't have the opportunity to continue listening.
The voice actor brought life to every character really well.
And the book is just so well written.
Patroclous, because he reminded me of myself.
Yes very much.
When Briseis yelled at Achilles for not loving Patroclous enough.
It made me cry.
I had heard good things about this book, and it had been recommended to me, so I was definitely looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations.
My main problem with the book was the characterization and character development. In this story, Patroclus is stripped off the status as a great warrior he dons in Homer's Iliad, and becomes a shadow who will often dwindle in self-pity. He can't fight, and he won't even try to learn. And by the time the book ends, not much has changed in him in comparison to the time he befriended Achilles as a child, at the beginning.
The love story between Achilles and Patroclus did not have a foundation solid enough for me to become emotionally involved. Patroclus does not understand why does Achilles come to love him so much, so fast. Neither did I. Their story seemed like something out of a fairytale: beautiful on the surface, but lacking in substance, in actual development. The same could be said about Achilles himself.
Some things I did enjoy, though. Odysseus was fantastic. Some of the imagery was very interesting. And the narration was definitely very good, and what kept me going every time someone pointed out how Patroclus was pretty much useless and "could not fight".