The Song of Achilles audiobook covers Patroclus and Achilles’ connection from their first encounter through their adventures during the Trojan War, with a particular emphasis on their romantic bond. The book won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012.
Orange Prize for Fiction’s winner: The Song of Achilles audiobook
”We were like gods, at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”
The Song of Achilles audiobook is similar to reading Romeo and Juliet. We’ve all heard the story. We are all aware of the outcome. We all know that our urgent pleas for someone, anybody, to intervene and save these characters will go unanswered. Miller brought gods and tales to life inside the pages of this novel. She humanized these fabled figures, making them appear genuine and imperfect.
Patroclus, the son of King Menoetius, narrates The Song of Achilles audiobook. He is shown as a possible suitor for Helen of Troy. He is then forced to swear a blood oath in support of her marriage to Menelaus. Patroclus is exiled to Phthia after accidently killing the son of one of his father’s nobles. There, he meets Achilles, the son of Phthia’s king Peleus and the sea goddess Thetis. Patroclus develops feelings for Achilles and they become great friends. Convinced that a low-status mortal is an unfit companion for her son, Thetis sends Achilles to learn under Chiron for two years, however Patroclus eventually joins Achilles in his training. As their romance develops, Mycenaean ruler Agamemnon summons the Achaeans to join his military expedition against Troy, whose prince Paris has kidnapped his brother Menelaus’ wife Helen. Because a prophesy predicts that Achilles would die at Troy after the death of the Trojan prince Hector, Thetis disguises Achilles as a woman in King Lycomedes’ court and forces him to marry Lycomedes’ daughter Deidamia. […]
The attraction that existed between these two individuals in The Song of Achilles audiobook was not hurried or wasted. It was patiently built up and presented elegantly. The two had been friends since childhood, and Patroclus was smitten with Achilles with a single glance. He didn’t want to be without him. They grew up together, battled together, learned together, and evolved together. They grew connected and dependent on one another. It was the most natural thing in the world for their sexual connection to grow as they did it.
There were problems, as there are in all relationships. There were several disagreements between the two. They fought and quarreled because they genuinely cared about one other. Patroclus wanted the conflict to end, and Achilles didn’t think the struggle was worthy of his name: he wanted to fight in a grander war. So, in his most daring and dumb act, Patroclus goes against his lover’s wishes and attempts to end the battle with a stroke of his sword. But he is not Achilles: he is not a war deity. He was completely out of his element, outmatched, and doomed.
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