Any kind of conversation about something other than men If you wanted to write a book about voiceless abused women in the ancient world news flash it was already achieved by The Iliad itself Say what you will about Offred but ven though she was passive she still had some thoughts on subjects other than her Commander I am growing increasingly frustrated by these new stories with women s voices when the women are only defined by their relationships to mostly awful men in their lives I felt this way about Circe Blood Water Paint and now this novel I love a good feminist tale but these just don t do it for me 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 Troy Briseis once a ueen 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 camp And 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 brothers Often 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 The Ausar Auset Nutrition Handbook enemies Briseis physically can t fight hernemies and Girls Und Panzer, vol. 1 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 ondge waiting to see if she was going to survive the horrors of her new life I felt the weight of her story and the mpowerment 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 xpecting 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 La Vilaine Lulu 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 toxpose 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 Great Achilles Brilliant Achilles shining Achilles godlike Achilles How the pithets pile up We never called him any of those things we called him the butcher The Silence of the Girls is a retelling of Homer s The Iliad that brings in the
Stories Of The Women And of the women and who were ssentially collateral damage in the Trojan War Briseis is the narrator When Lyrnessus falls to the Greeks she becomes a war prize for Achilles but uickly gets caught up in a dispute between him and Agamemnon We Filthy Rich Boys (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, experience life in the Greek s camp through heryes and see all the injustices that take place Barker s frank gritty portrayal of a place swamped in stinking rats alcohol and male Granvilles New Strategy of Daily Stock Market Timing for Maximum Profit ego isspecially good in the first half of the bookWhether intentional or not the title calls to mind Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs and her story about helplessly sitting by while the lambs went to the slaughter It s an interesting parallel Briseis recounts the atrocities of war and how they affect women unable to help the women around her as they are abused raped and traded like chattel It s a dark story to be sure and I found it very "emotional and ffective for just less than half of the book She was like a windflower trembling on "and ffective for just less than half of the book She was like a windflower trembling on slender stem so fragile you feel it can t possibly survive the blasts that shake it though it survives them all I wanted to give it a higher rating but I can t shake the impression that The Silence of the Girls offers a fascinating premise and then kinda doesn t know what to do with it The strong start becomes something tedious and repetitive once we settle into camp life and On Moral Courage especially so when the author introduces Achilles perspective in the second half It s disappointing when books are strong in concept but uickly wither out inxecutionI m probably underselling it though 3 stars is not really a negative rating and there s some Nanny by Chance excellent writing here Achilles is a complex character portrayed both through his own perspective and through Briseis s His maternal abandonment issues plus his relationship with Patroclus are told well It is strange perhaps that in a book called The Silence of the Girls Achilles is still the most interesting and multilayered character Or maybe that s the point who knowsBarker s writing is mostly smart and witty powered both by metaphor and some of Briseis s sardonic asides but there are a few jarring anachronisms Her use of British slang like knockers for breasts feels weird and out of place no matter how much the author assures us it was intentionalIt s really difficult to talk about this retelling of Greek mythology without bringing in Madeline Miller as a comparison Well I liked this one better than Miller s The Song of Achilles but less than her Circe As far as books that give voices to the lesser known women of ancient myths go Circe still comes out on top for meCW Rape on page war graphic violence one incidence of self harmBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtub. Mong 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 themrased 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.
Review ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø Pat BarkerPat 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 Mastering the Art of Self-Sufficiency in New Zealand egos when Agamemnon demands Briseis for himself after losing his woman A bitter Achilles agrees but refuses point blank to fight for him any As 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 nevernding cost of war they are forced to ndure Highly recommended All the stars to my new favorite read The Silence of the GirlsToday I have a book that came highly recommended by my friend Paula at Book Jotter and my Goodreads friend Tammy My ThoughtsThe Silence of the Girls is referred to as a masterpiece in its synopsis Yes it is absolutely a stunning masterpieceFor 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 wallsAnother woman Briseis a former ueen 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 conseuences Achilles the top fighter for the Greeks refuses to return to battle As a result the Greeks uickly 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 ach other and are not weak and where they are depicted as living breathing humans with opinions and John, Paul Me-Before the Beatles 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 thatach character is robust and complex in ways not depicted beforeBarker 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 wwwjennifertarheelreadercom This was my pick for the September 2018 Book of the Month box Looking back it seemed to me I d been trying to scape 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 matter Hi 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 ver 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 verything
HER FAMILY HER CITY HER FREEDOMfamily her city her freedom this story gives her an actual voice unlike all the other tales but also shows how much she 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 mindset Another successful raid another city destroyed men and boys killed women and girls nslaved all in all a good day And there was still the night to come I 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 Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders experience I will say that Patroclus is a sweet angel invery 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 Hedge Fund - tome 4 - L'hritire aux vingt milliards 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 unworthyThis readingxperience is so uniue because the Greeks are hailed as the heroes the Here Comes The Sissy Bride (My Sissy Husband Confesses, 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 Andven though Briseis has it a better than a lot of the women taken and Places of Performance enslaved by the Greek seen as nothing than 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 heartbreaking Nobody wins a trophy and hides it at the back of a cupboard You want it where it can be seen so that other men willnvy you My favorite part of this book as heartbreaking as it is is how The Alpha Wolf Bent Me Over each generation of children girls boys nonbinary are learning and living in this broken cycle with thesexpectations 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
statement but the to our world in 2018 are thought provoking and leaves an მოგონებები შეფიცულთა რაზმზე even scarier statement And there is a bigmphasis 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 The Heart of Business ending and will never benough The suffering will just continue and continue being passed down Meanwhile the pain and fear will never subside Silence become a woman Overall I think this is a really important book and I feel very fortunate that I was able to read it I ve alwa. 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. Ys 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 Treasures of Darkness evilest of things And how these men can already have immense power but it still won t benough 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 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 Winning Sports Betting Strategies with Betaminic Big Data Tools for Football Betting Systems: A step-by-step guide to using the Betamin Builder Data Analysis ... soccer betting systems (English Edition) even come close to delivering what it promises What can I say He wasn t cruel I waited for itxpected it Menopause and the Mind 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 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 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 Andually 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 Software (The Body Electric Book 4) every tiny speckle of the human soul Ourgoism our fixated notion of right and wrong Our Internet Marketing Essentials 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 thepic 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 rupts TheA Statement But The
"Women Are The Watchers Yes "are the watchers Yes 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 justmy head Briseis was a ueen but a slave nonetheless She just masters and I am not sure who was the worst Her husband was filth She was childless No child uals non Email Advertising Crash Course 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 muchlouent And much interesting I also Curse of the Black Widow 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 thend an Sećanja end I know like the back of my palm because I am Greek the Homericpics 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 30% I am calling it uitsI guess what I don t understand is why if you choose to rewrite The Iliad from the perspective of women all these women do is talk about men observe these said men and that s it Literally 2 pages are given to Briseis s pre capture past The rest so far at least is her watching men do things mostly disgusting things and being abused with an occasional break for an A Guide to A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah entirely too modern for the story feminist lecture Why no time is spent on women nurturing relationships among themselves onxplaining their to be sure rich interior lives Even if they are captured slaves they still have pasts and stories to tell right I am not sure The Silence if the Girls would ven pass Bechdel test Does this book really have 2 women who have. N 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