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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
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it was amazing

"Silence becomes a woman..." Pat Barker writes a powerful novel. She depicts, sometimes graphically, the horrors of war, the wrongs, abuses and death inflicted on men, by other men, all in the name of the powerful, the rich - those who benefit from patriarchal violence and control. And she describes with empathy how raising boys to become heroes by inflicting harm, by committing atrocities to others, damages irretrievably their humanity. The voice of women is central to this novel - how women are mere chattels to be won and lost in battles, how rape and violence is inflicted on them without heed to their humanity - they are mere objects to be fought over - symbols of victory and easily discarded. This particular war is Troy and reminds us that throughout history women have been the silent victims of war - from Troy through to our present day wars - the world wars, Vietnam, Yugoslavia - it goes on - and such atrocities against women as a result of patriarchal violence is rarely acknowledged or remembered. Women are the forgotten, silent victims.
"What will they make of us, the people of those unimaginably distant times? One thing I do know: they won't want the brutal reality of conquest and slavery. They won't want to be told about the massacre of men and boys, the enslavement of women and girls. They won't want to know we were living in a rape camp. No they'll go for something softer. A love story, perhaps? I just hope they manage to work out who the lovers were."
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Reading Progress

May 1, 2019 – Started Reading
May 5, 2019 – Shelved
May 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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