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kindle ß The Silence of the Girls Ó Hardcover read Å 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 ueen of one of Troy's neiMong 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 magnificen '' 'Divine Muse sing of the ruinous wrath of AchillesBegin where they first uarrelled Agamemnon the King of men and great Achilles' And what are they uarrelling about these two violent mighty souls? It's as basic as a barroom brawl They are uarrelling over a woman A girl really A girl stolen from her father A girl abducted in a war'' The Human Stain Philip Rothueen Briseis can hear the army approaching her land The Myrmidons brave warriors led by the greatest of men Achilles son of a goddess favoured by gods and men And eually doomed Then Briseis becomes a slave one of the dozens of women who find themselves soulless trophies in the uarters of the victorious armies Such is the fate of the spoils of war The Iliad is the '' mother'' of Western Literature I'd say it is perfect by any standards A ferocious story immortal characters love intrigue treachery bravery mercy violence But these are just words The Iliad is greatness itself because it holds a mirror to every tiny speckle of the human soul Our egoism our fixated notion of ''right'' and ''wrong'' Our eagerness to degrade others our merciless ability to wound those we love our pride And our blindnessPat Barker creates a marvellous work based on one of the most intriguing characters of The Iliad Briseis The woman who found herself in the centre of the dispute that painfully divided the army of the Achaeans if you don't know who the Achaeans are I shall be severely frustrated Briseis is a big uestion mark in the epic Can we allow ourselves to become romantic and believe he was in love with her? Was it just his wounded pride? Was she in love with her captor? Who can say really? If we know The Iliad well we have formed our own opinions In Barker's novel the lines are blurred and I loved that As a reader it gave me immense freedom and a great opportunity to contemplate There are no cardboard characters Achilles isn't a monster Briseis isn't the soulless victim She and the rest of the women try to make do with what they are allowed The men fight their wrath over a futile war to satisfy Agamemnon's greed has overcome the sense of righting the wrong and erupts The women are the watchers Yes the victims the voiceless one But not being able to give a loud voice to your thoughts doesn't mean that you are silent ''Sometimes at night I lie awake and uarrel with the voices in my head'' Briseis was a ueen but a slave nonetheless She just changed masters and I am not sure who was the worst Her husband was filth She was childless No child euals non existence So where is the freedom in that? She seemed freer in captivity than in her now destroyed palace Therefore I don't agree with the view that Briseis remains silent How is she silent? Her thoughts are our primary guide to the narrative One's voice isn't limited to words Sometimes thoughts are much elouent And much interesting I also enjoyed the focus on Achilles during the second half of the novel and I appreciated Barker's portrayal of him I've never liked him but I have to understand him better through her approach You CANNOT have a novel about Briseis without Achilles Deal with it There are a few modern collouialisms but I can swear on my bookcases that I didn't pay any attention to them And that says a lot about the power of Barker's writing Much has been written about The Silence of the Girls and I don't want to tire you I don't dwell in pseudo political messages or whatever they're called Literary value is much important than labels that don’t interest me in the slightest Pat Barker's writing moved me terrified me made me anxious to reach the end an end I know like the back of my palm because I am Greek the Homeric epics are in our blood This novel stands among my favourite ''Trojan War'' works along with Margaret George's Helen of Troy and Bradley's The Firebrand It proves that uiet lyricism and depth need no verbose tricks to form a powerful novel ''So we spent the nights curled up like spiders at the centre of our webs Only we weren't the spiders; we were the flies'' My reviews can also be found on

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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 ueen 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 uickly in order to survive a radically different life as one of the many conuered women who serve the Greek army When Agamemno 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 wrongIt'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 deviceThe theme of this book is survival or rather subsistence Briseis was a ueen 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

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The Silence of the GirlsN 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 a 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 uickly 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