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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
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really liked it

I’d been looking forward to reading this for a long time, especially after seeing the Troy exhibition at The British Museum earlier this year.

The Silence of the Girls focuses on Briseis, a Trojan Queen, and her experiences of the war after her city is sacked, her family slaughtered and she is forced to become Achilles’ bed slave.

What I loved about this book is its unique perspective. The women of the Trojan war are largely consigned to history as secondary characters and to blame for men’s actions. It was also well written.

What I didn’t enjoy were the chapters purely about Achilles. They were still well written, offering an insight into his psyche and moving the narrative along, but even so I thought the whole story was to be narrated by Briseis so this let it down for me a little. I suppose this was intentional as women weren’t privy to so much, especially any decision-making.

All in all this was a fantastic book that I’ll definitely re-read but I preferred Madeline Miller’s Circe.

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Reading Progress

May 30, 2020 – Started Reading
May 30, 2020 – Shelved
May 30, 2020 –
page 28
8.62%
May 30, 2020 –
page 36
11.08%
May 30, 2020 –
page 70
21.54%
June 2, 2020 –
page 113
34.77%
June 2, 2020 –
page 132
40.62%
June 2, 2020 –
page 171
52.62%
June 2, 2020 –
page 201
61.85%
June 2, 2020 –
page 220
67.69%
June 2, 2020 –
page 254
78.15%
June 2, 2020 – Finished Reading

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