Why You Should Check Out Madeline Miller’s Books

","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"For many who trudged through high school and college literature classes, The Iliad often came up on many reading lists. The epic poem can be fairly boring and difficult to get through. Madeline Miller takes a completely different approach. Instead of following the story of the battle of Troy with Achilles and Paris, Miller chooses to write it mainly from the perspective of Patroclus.","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"This perspective provides a fresh take on The Iliad through the eyes of Patroclus. He served as Achilles’s right hand and was always with the warrior to provide counsel during the war. Not only that, many suspected that their relationship was a bit more than friendly. Miller capitalizes on this idea and portrays Achilles and Patroclus as lovers.","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"The result of this new narrative is an incredible story of the heroes of the Trojan War. While most of it does come from Patroclus’s point of view, there are other heroes and gods included making sure the story of the Trojan War is deep and enriched by the many actions taken before and after Patroclus and Achilles are killed.","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"The Song of Achilles began to circulate on the book side of TikTok, or “booktok”, a few months ago and has grown in popularity since then. It is available at Target and other large stores, Amazon, and at smaller bookstores near you!","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"}],"displayType":"section"}]},{"elements":[{"text":"Circe","level":3,"displayType":"header"},{"elements":[{"text":"View this post on Instagram A post shared by Madeline Miller (@madeline.e.miller)","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"The newest of Miller’s books, released in 2018, has resurged this year along with The Song of Achilles. Just as with The Iliad, many reading lists also saw The Odyssey on there. Miller once again took a different character from Odysseus’s journey and made them the focal point. In this case, it was the sorceress Circe and her island that Odysseus lands on during his journey home.","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"Coming from the young witch’s perspective, Circe opens up a whole new light on the story. Not only that, the narrative style of the novel is a delightful breathe of fresh air after so many years of the epic poetry of The Odyssey. ","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"Circe is available at the same places as The Song of Achilles.","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"Miller has become a new name in the reading world, her novels are being praised for their narrative style and an incredible new take on the Greek stories of old. She reports that her next book will be a retelling of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. No doubt there will be lots of incredible retellings from this author in the future.","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"},{"text":"If you’re interested in reading these books, please consider finding them at local bookstores to support small businesses!","level":0,"displayType":"paragraph"}],"displayType":"section"}]}]; var articleType = 'ARTICLE'; var favoriteImage = '/static/c2adcec2-d7b2-492e-b79a-c9486710ec06.jpeg'; var articleDescription = ''; var slide_index = parseInt(0); var slide_json = createSlides(slides, articleType, favoriteImage); var initial_slide = slide_index; var initial_url = location.pathname + location.search; var base_url = '/2021/04/15/why-you-should-check-out-madeline-millers-books/'; var next_gallery = '/2016/12/23/ex-brings-erotic-photos-to-exs-wedding-details-photos/'; var first_load = true; var has_scrolled = false; var title = "Why You Should Check Out Madeline Miller’s Books"; var path = base_url