Friday, 25 October 2013

Artful Readers Club - Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller

I read this book earlier in the year as I was pretty sure I would have no time to sit and read it this month. Busy busy as my daughter is getting married on the 28th of this month. I did save the art work to do though and picked up my Kindle to check the spelling of a name and that was it. I reread the book abandoning all else.
I have always loved the Greek Myths and legends even as a child, hence picking up this book. I know you will all know the story so will not be spoiling the plot for anyone this month. This story focuses on the love Achilles and Patroclus have for each other. A love that survives the brutality of war and betrayal. The book is sexy, violent and yet tender. Despite the cruel parts I loved it. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Beautifully written and totally engaging. Brilliant, a must read. I was crying , both times, by the end.

I used a stamp I felt was an image of Achilles goddess mother by his grave as part of my art work. The background represents the forest where Chiron, half horse half man teaches the young Achilles and Patroclus. Here they are happy and true to themselves. I used the gelli plate to create the background layer and then over stamped with the trees.

The second photo, sorry about the shadows, is the page in my journal.
Do check out the artwork at Darcy's blog here.


  1. Not only is your art stunning, your review shows your excitement as you reread the book. I can tell you really loved this book, too. And your art shows it.

    I wish your daughter good fortune in her upcoming wedding.

  2. I wanna read it, I wanna read it! Wonderful review and super artwork, very poignant. I am amazed you did so much, so well, when your family life has been so full on of late. My best wishes to the happy couple,
    Janet xx

  3. Beautiful, Jen...both the review and the art. I, too, love Greek Mythology so this is right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. I love the image you chose... and the background! Obviously, the book really inspired you!

  5. wow I love the passion in your review, to have reread it in such a short time means it must be really good. wonderful page too. I will be adding this to my list.