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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
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really liked it
bookshelves: read2019, mythology, womens-prize, location-greece

This novel chronicles events of the Iliad focusing on the women who were captured by the Greeks, particularly Briseis who became a slave for Achilles.

While this was an interesting perspective to take, I feel like Pat Barker focuses on the war and the men even while writing about the women. It is interesting that it's up against Circe for the Women's Prize for Fiction because I like that one more.

To refresh my memory I re-read sections of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, who maintains the layer of how the gods influence these events (based on the texts by Homer and Euripides) that Barker excludes, except to show scenes between Achilles and his mother, and his obsession with the sea. In the end this is really his story.
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Reading Progress

May 6, 2019 – Started Reading
May 8, 2019 – Shelved
May 8, 2019 –
page 101
34.71% "Started 5/6"
May 11, 2019 –
May 11, 2019 – Finished Reading
May 13, 2019 – Shelved as: read2019
May 13, 2019 – Shelved as: mythology
May 13, 2019 – Shelved as: womens-prize
May 13, 2019 – Shelved as: location-greece

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Selena Wonderful review Jenny!

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Felicia Great review, Jenny 💖

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