The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

“The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Premise: What was it like to be a ‘prize’ (slave girl) in the Trojan War? What about Achilles’ slave girl? Interested?

This interesting premise is the crux of The Silence of the Girls. This is essentially a retelling of Homer’s Illiad from the perspective of the women who got caught in it. Don’t worry, the sex is not too graphic, but just detailed enough to let the reader fill-in-the-blanks. If you haven’t read The Illiad, the book might feel ‘hollow’ and lacking depth. You also won’t know the major plot points of story, but seriously, who hasn’t read The Illiad? If you haven’t, go read it!

This is a good book because it puts women back into the narrative of a historical event. Unfortunately, we don’t have a women’s perspective on the Trojan War (as far as I know) because women were not the historians in that time. Sometimes when you read books like The Illiad, it seems women were doing nothing but making babies, or being fought over. This book aims to destroy that one-sided male perspective.

Rating: ★★★★ Book #99 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge #BookReview #Books #PatBarker #TrojanWar #TheIlliad #HistoricalFiction”,

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