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sometimes it feels as if my hearts only purpose is to beat for greek mythology and this book is a gift, straight from zeus himself, to give me life this retelling of the trojan war is, simply put, stunning whilst classic myths tell about the glory and conquests of men, this focuses on the quiet and unassuming presence of women elegantly written from the point of briseis, the reader is given a unique perspective that is often overlookedwe are going to survive our songs, our stories theyll never be able to forget us decades after the last man who fought at troy is dead, their sons will remember the songs their trojan mothers sang to them we will be in their dreams and in their worst nightmares, toohowever, it is worth noting that although the title and this quote suggest otherwise, briseis is the only female point of view in this and while that didnt lessen my reading experience, i know it might disappoint other readers, as the story doesnt quite live up to the feminist view that it promises what really made me fall in love with this is how complex achilles is portrayed and how his relationship with briseis develops from the moment she is captured as a spoil of war, to the end of the ten year conflict, and all the deaths in between and although the achilles and briseis in this retelling arent quite my achilles and brisiesthe song of achillesis my sworn gospel truth concerning all things trojan war , the character differences didnt lessen this story in the slightest its still very faithful to the work of homer, but lends a modern feel to a timeless classic i really enjoyed this and i know any fan of the trojan war will be pleased with this, as well 4.5 stars The defeated go down in history and disappear, and their stories die with them The Silence of the Girls is a dark and weighty retelling of the Iliad Told from the voice of one of the defeated, Briseis, the reader is offered a different perspective on the destruction of TroyBriseis, once a queen, is now a prized possession of Achilles the same man who destroyed her city and butchered her family Relegated to be Achilles bed girl, she is merely serving a purpose in the Greek campAnd I do what countless women before me have been forced to do I spread my legs for the man who killed my husband and my brothersOften referred to as it, she isn t thought of as a human being She struggles to maintain her place and function in a world run by her enemies Briseis physically can t fight her enemies, and escape would leave her desolate and in danger she can only find her power in one way observation She observes all of the details of the camp and sees what others do not In doing so, Briseis gives a voice to those who had none the slaves, the concubines, the less than human She finds her purpose and her power in storytelling Silence becomes a woman .Briseis is a compelling narrator and I was often on edge waiting to see if she was going to survive the horrors of her new life I felt the weight of her story and the empowerment of her words However, I found the narrative to be bit temperamental and I could have done without Achilles perspective if this was to be the story of those who were voiceless, why does the reader need to be inside the head of the so called hero In spite of this, The Silence of the Girls is a rich and thought provoking tale It is a complex and, at times, chilling read that shines a light on a new mythical heroine. I was a slave, and a slave will do anything, anything at all, to stop being a thing and become a person again. This is a really good historical novel I didn t say historical romance because it is most definitely not one If you re expecting a romance novel, you d be dead wrong.It s a brutal tale If you re triggered by rape, you should stay away from this book, but it is just a fact, it is not used as a plot device.The theme of this book is survival, or rather, subsistence Briseis was a queen, now a concubine a slave Her fate is still many times better than the other survivors, all female, because every single man, boy, and male infant had been killed No details were spared for our sensitivities in this book Iphition Eighteen when he died Achilles killed him with a sword cut straight down the middle of his head, the two sides falling neatly apart, like a split walnut, to expose the convoluted brain Dropping to the ground, he fell under the hooves of Achilles s trampling horses and the chariot wheels ground him deep into the mud. This book is not only about Briseis, it s about war Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, Patroclus It may be a brutal book, but it s beautiful in its stark brutality. This was my pick for the September 2018 Book of the Month boxLooking back, it seemed to me I d been trying to escape not just from the camp, but from Achilles s story and I d failed Because make no mistake, this was his story his anger, his grief, his story I was angry, I was grieving, but somehow that didn t matterHi, my name is Melanie and 2018 has been the year that I constantly talk about my love for Greek mythos retellings The Silence of the Girls is a feminist reimagining of Homer s The Iliad, centering on the Trojan War, but is told in a completely different light than ever before Yes, we get to see the Trojans and Greeks battle and Achilles be the hero the world knows and loves, but this tale is all about a voice that is never heard in other renditions Briseis is a woman that has lost everything her family, her city, her freedom, but this story gives her an actual voice, unlike all the other tales, but also shows how muchshe was able to lose after Achilles is at the gate of her city This is a very brutal book Major content and trigger warnings for graphic murder, slavery, pedophilia, cheating, war themes, loss of a loved one, a lot of detailed rape, suicide, self harm, abuse, PTSD depictions, animal death, sacrificial rituals, the death of children and babies, and heavy war themes and battle depictions Please use caution with this book and make sure you are in a safe and healthy mindsetAnother successful raid, another city destroyed, men and boys killed, women and girls enslaved all in all, a good day And there was still the night to comeI also want to say that I just reread The Song of Achilles a couple weeks ago, and I m not sure if that heightened or lowered my reading experience I will say that Patroclus is a sweet angel in every retelling of The Iliad and that didn t change in The Silence of the Girls But Achilles This book makes you truly dislike him and I just wasn t expecting it This book really shows how the stories are always told from a man s voice and view, and they are always something to be glorified But Pat Barker gives a voice to the women who are just background noise in all then men s stories, deemed unworthy.This reading experience is so unique because the Greeks are hailed as the heroes the entire time, but in this book we get to see behind the heartbreak and devastation they cause on and off the battlefield Meanwhile, women are just prizes of the war that they never asked to be a part of And even though Briseis has it a better than a lot of the women taken and enslaved by the Greek, seen as nothingthan spoils of war, her pain is never subsided and never viewed as lesser Yet, that doesn t make seeing things from her perspective hurt less This book truly is heartbreakingNobody wins a trophy and hides it at the back of a cupboard You want it where it can be seen, so that other men will envy youMy favorite part of this book, as heartbreaking as it is, is how each generation of children girls, boys, nonbinary are learning and living in this broken cycle with these expectations and gender roles forced upon them The cycle never stops it is just continuously passed down Yeah, this is a Greek retelling trying to make a statement, but the parallels to our world in 2018 are thought provoking and leaves an even scarier statement And there is a big emphasis on how war will also be passed down from father to son, generation after generation, along with their prejudices, their hate, and their need for revenge Again, it is never ending and will never be enough The suffering will just continue and continue being passed down Meanwhile, the pain and fear will never subsideSilence become a womanOverall, I think this is a really important book and I feel very fortunate that I was able to read it I ve always loved reimaginings of Homer s works, but I ve never read one like this before Again, this is a really hard book to read and it gets very dark at times But it really shows how rape will always be about power, not lust And how men that lust for that power are capable of the evilest of things And how these men can already have immense power, but it still won t be enough How these men and be rich, how they can be good looking, how they can be the hero of the story Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube TwitchBuddy read with Imi at Imi Reviews Books It s so hard to divorce my love of the Iliad from my experience reading The Silence of the Girls, but I think that s partially what makes this such a fantastic retelling Told primarily from the perspective of Briseis, a Trojan captive given to Achilles as a war prize, Pat Barker s novel endeavors to tell the unsung story of the female characters who litter the background of the Ancient Greek epic And she does a pretty brilliant job.The pleasure I derive from reading retellings, and especially retellings of Homer, is twofold I want to see the author s unique slant on the narrative and feel that they re contributing something new to the story, otherwise what s the point, but I also want to be reminded of my love of the original On both fronts, The Silence of the Girls is a resounding success Pat Barker captured the grandiosity of these characters and events in a way that really struck a chord with me I felt constantly on the verge of tears reading parts of this novel because Homer s musings on fate and free will and grief and glory in short, what makes the Iliad so epic and timeless are all echoed in Briseis narrative But Barker also manages it all from the sidelines, zeroing in on the experiences of a war slave who has no choice but to watch events unfold around her with no personal agency Briseis is fully aware that she is not the hero of her own story, that she s narrating these events as a spectator to her own life You could argue that at times she almost has a bit too much awareness of this fact, but as she s narrating these events from years later, the time and perspective have clearly allowed her to form the big picture.I also felt these were some of the best depictions I ve ever read of these characters, notably Achilles and Patroclus I find that certain writers have a difficult time reconciling Achilles brutality with his heroism, and likewise Patroclus ruthless streak with his kindness But Barker frankly addresses that, in times of war especially, these characteristics can easily coexist I really felt that these characters had walked straight out of the pages of the Iliad into Barker s story, in a way that I haven t seen achieved by any other retelling I ve read except maybe Ransom by David Malouf, which until now has been my go to recommendation for modern Iliad retellings Briseis is a very minor character in the original, and as such, Barker had a lotleeway with her protagonist, but I was also satisfied with the result I was immediately invested in Briseis and I thought she added a much needed and underrepresented perspective to the story.My biggest issue with this novel the unwieldy execution of the point of view shifts Though this retelling focuses on Briseis, so much of the backdrop and what drives the characters motivations hinges on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus, and for Briseis to narrate that to us anythan she already does would verge too heavily into telling rather than showing territory, so I really didn t mind the occasional inclusion of the male perspectives But the first person third person switch feels arbitrary and messy, especially since Briseis herself spends so much time observing and narrating Achilles s actions I felt like Barker could have played with this a bitplayed up the uncertainty that maybe we aren t reading Achilles s thoughts, but rather, Briseis interpretation of Achilles s thoughts but nothing is really made of this opportunity, as it s clear that we re supposed to be in Achilles head, but rather unclear why we ve switched over to his thoughts at any given moment.But aside from that, this book was pretty much everything I wanted it to be It s subversive yet subtle affecting yet understated It captures the epic scale of the Iliad and the quiet moments of beauty in the story and everything in between It s definitely a subtler feminist retelling than the likes of Circe and The Penelopiad, but I have to say I much, much preferred The Silence of the Girls though I would readily recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the aforementioned novels But for all my talk of retellings and Greek classics, I really don t think you need prior knowledge of any of that before starting Barker s novel it s a stunning story that should stand on its own just fine Thank you to Netgalley, Doubleday Books, and Pat Barker for the advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. All the stars to my new favorite read, The Silence of the Girls Today I have a book that came highly recommended by my friend, Paula, at Book Jotter, and my Goodreads friend, Tammy My Thoughts The Silence of the Girls is referred to as a masterpiece in its synopsis Yes, it is absolutely a stunning masterpiece.For over 10 years, the city of Troy has been under siege and in battle over Helen, a woman who can observe the war high atop a parapet within the city walls.Another woman, Briseis, a former queen of a neighboring kingdom, has been captured by and lives in servitude of the man who murdered her husband and brothers, Achilles Agamemnon is the leader of all the Greeks, and he demands Briseis to be his, but not without consequences Achilles, the top fighter for the Greeks, refuses to return to battle As a result, the Greeks quickly lose ground in their siege on Troy Briseis voice is powerful She speaks for herself but also for all of the thousands of hidden women involved in this war Pat Barker re weaves a classic where women are present not invisible , where they find strength among each other and are not weak , and where they are depicted as living, breathing humans with opinions and emotions The writing is precise and glorious While you may know some of these characters from popular Greek mythology, Briseis perspective and Barker s rich storytelling combine in a way that each character is robust and complex in ways not depicted before.Barker s The Silence of the Girls is a study on war and its indelibly human impact as told by a resilient and brave mythological woman Thank you to Doubleday for the complimentary ARC All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com This reads as if Barker set out to retell The Iliad from the perspective of the women and whoopsy forgot that was the goal and wrote a book about Achilles instead Don t be fooled The Silence of the Girls only follows one woman, briefly, and she harbors an apathetic, compliant view towards rape Very disappointed to have spent money on a book that doesn t even come close to delivering what it promises What can I say He wasn t cruel I waited for it expected it, even but there was nothing like that, at least it was soon over He fucked as quickly as he killed, and for me it was the same thing Something in me died that night I lay there, hating him, though of course he wasn t doing anything he didn t have a perfect right to do If his prize of honour had been the armour of a great lord he wouldn t have rested till he d tried it out lifted the shield, picked up the sword, assessed its length and weight, slashed it a few times through the air That s what he did to me. He tried me out. *DOWNLOAD KINDLE ⇺ The Silence of the Girls ⇫ The Ancient City Of Troy Has Withstood A Decade Under Siege Of The Powerful Greek Army, Which Continues To Wage Bloody War Over A Stolen Woman Helen In The Greek Camp, Another Woman Briseis Watches And Waits For The War S Outcome She Was Queen Of One Of Troy S Neighboring Kingdoms, Until Achilles, Greece S Greatest Warrior, Sacked Her City And Murdered Her Husband And Brothers Briseis Becomes Achilles S Concubine, A Prize Of Battle, And Must Adjust Quickly In Order To Survive A Radically Different Life, As One Of The Many Conquered Women Who Serve The Greek Army When Agamemnon, The Brutal Political Leader Of The Greek Forces, Demands Briseis For Himself, She Finds Herself Caught Between The Two Most Powerful Of The Greeks Achilles Refuses To Fight In Protest, And The Greeks Begin To Lose Ground To Their Trojan Opponents Keenly Observant And Coolly Unflinching About The Daily Horrors Of War, Briseis Finds Herself In An Unprecedented Position, Able To Observe The Two Men Driving The Greek Army In What Will Become Their Final Confrontation, Deciding The Fate Not Only Of Briseis S People But Also Of The Ancient World At LargeBriseis Is Just One Among Thousands Of Women Living Behind The Scenes In This War The Slaves And Prostitutes, The Nurses, The Women Who Lay Out The Dead All Of Them Erased By History With Breathtaking Historical Detail And Luminous Prose, Pat Barker Brings The Teeming World Of The Greek Camp To Vivid Life She Offers Nuanced, Complex Portraits Of Characters And Stories Familiar From Mythology, Which, Seen From Briseis S Perspective, Are Rife With Newfound Revelations Barker S Latest Builds On Her Decades Long Study Of War And Its Impact On Individual Lives And It Is Nothing Short Of Magnificent Royal Briseis is presented to Achilles as a prize for sacking and destroying Lyrnessus a neighboring city of Troy So this is a re telling of the final few weeks of The Iliad s Trojan War from the perspective of a bed slave While Briseis has it better than the abject slavery of many other female captives her life is, in its own way, just as brutal The prose of Part One is bewitching but it falls apart for a few chapters within Part Two where it veers off into clich s as well as attempts at conveying conversation with a sense of realism You ll recognize this sort of thing We ell, ye es, no o, list en which is annoying, distracting and unnecessary We get back on track afterwards The characters are gratifyingly complicated, distressed and conflicted After all, isn t this why these classic legends endure Pat Barker continues on the themes of war, providing a brutally visceral portrait in this telling of The Iliad, adding the voices of the women missing from the original When her family is wiped out by the forces of Agamemnon, Briseis becomes the premier warrior, Achilles, trophy prize Barker provides complex and nuanced characterisation, of the women as slaves, prostitutes, nurses, whilst giving us an Achilles that is less a hero,a troubled man with his own demons We get the clash of male egos when Agamemnon demands Briseis for himself after losing his woman A bitter Achilles agrees but refuses point blank to fight for him anyAs we are immersed in the daily horrors of war, Achilles s pain and despair overflows after a personal tragedy but still has him able to feel compassion towards the grief of Priam The Silence of the Girls is a stellar novel, beautifully written, where the stories of the women are told, made authentic with their opinions and views, amidst the never ending cost of war they are forced to endure Highly recommended