The Silence of the Girls

The Silence of the Girls

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 queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and br The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage blo...

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Title:The Silence of the Girls
Author:Pat Barker
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Silence of the Girls
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:291 pages pages

The Silence of the Girls Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    May 13, 2019
    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 th...
  • Patty
    Aug 16, 2018
    A retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of Briseis (minor Trojan queen, taken as a war prize and given to Achilles as a slave, then claimed by Agamemnon), and given a radical, feminist spin by focusing on the silenced women and servants. This book should have been amazing...
  • Canadian
    Nov 25, 2018
    ?Looking back, it seemed to me I?d been trying to escape not just from the camp, but from Achilles? story . . .? ?I thought: Suppose, suppose just once, once, in all these centuries, the slippery gods keep their word and Achilles is granted eternal glory in return for his...
  • Nenia ☠️ Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual Garbage Can ☠️ Campbell
    Nov 08, 2018
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Man, people are getting all up in this book's face because it doesn't read like Madeline Miller. Of course it doesn't read like Madeline Miller. Do you see the name Madeline Miller on the cover? No; it says "Pat Barker." I...
  • Tatiana
    Oct 19, 2018
    30%, I am calling it quits I 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 ...
  • Melanie
    Sep 02, 2018
    This was my pick for the September 2018 Book of the Month box! ?Looking back, it seemed to me I?d been trying to escape 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 a...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Aug 11, 2018
    "'Silence becomes a woman.' Every woman I?ve ever known was brought up on that saying." Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls is a retelling of the Iliad, the story of Achilles at the siege of Troy. The epigraph to Barker's novel is what she has said in the inspiration for thi...
  • Jenna
    Mar 22, 2019
    "Yes, the death of young men in battle is a tragedy... A tragedy worthy of any number of laments?but theirs is not the worst fate." History is told from the point of view of the historian. Because of this, we often do not know the entire truth; we do not know both sides of a sto...
  • Rachel
    Mar 29, 2018
    It's so hard to divorce my love of the Iliad from my experience reading The Silence of the Girls, but I think that's partially what makes this such a fantastic retelling. Told primarily from the perspective of Briseis, a Trojan captive given to Achilles as a war prize, Pat Barker's nov...
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    Sep 07, 2018
    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 expecting a romance novel, you'd be dead wrong. It...
  • Trudie
    Mar 12, 2019
    I think Pat Barker is one of my favourite writers about war. The Regeneration Trilogy is the book series I compare all other World War I literature to. What I enjoy about Barker's style is she balances often intensely visceral and clinical descriptions of violence with a tender and com...
  • Emily May
    Jul 19, 2018
    "Great Achilles. Brilliant Achilles, shining Achilles, godlike Achilles . . . How the epithets 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 a...
  • Emer
    Mar 23, 2019
    'The Silence of the Girls' is an utterly compelling read. It aims to tell the story of the typically voiceless women during the Trojan War by focusing the story primarily on the perspective of Briseis who was once nobility but during the war became Achilles' slave. And for the most par...
  • Donna
    Oct 21, 2018
    **Warning?this review also contains minor spoilers for the book The Song of Achilles.** While reading The Song of Achilles a few months ago, I was intrigued by a supporting, though unforgettable character in that book named Briseis who tugged at my heartstrings throughout the stor...
  • jessica
    Mar 12, 2019
    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 trojan war is, simply put, stunning. whilst classic myths tell about the glory and conquests of men, this focus...
  • Erin
    May 29, 2019
    Audiobook narrated by Kristin Atherton & Michael Fox 10h 44s Caution: If you've never read Homer's Illiad, I make reference to it. That's your warning! Shortlisted for the Women's Prize in Fiction 2019, Pat Barker takes readers back to the ancient city of Troy as the Greeks...
  • Puck
    Jul 24, 2018
    "I was a slave, and a slave will do anything, anything at all, to stop being a thing and become a person again." This book was not what I hoped it would be. After reading Circe this summer and falling in love with it, I couldn?t wait to read more historic novels about Greek M...
  • Jo
    Oct 11, 2018
    I was greatly excited to get my hands on a beautiful, hardback copy of this particular book. The cover art is just stunning, and really does look amazing in my bookcase. When I realised that this book was potentially a retelling of "The Iliad" but told from an entirely different perspe...
  • Eric Anderson
    Nov 02, 2018
    It?s been frequently observed how retellings of Greek myths have dominated literary fiction lately - from Madeline Miller ?Circe? to Colm Toibin?s ?House of Names? to modern retakes like ?Home Fire? and ?Everything Under?. You?d think with this prolific focus on t...
  • Meredith
    Nov 22, 2018
    ?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...
  • Hugh
    May 17, 2018
    Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 I have to start with a disclaimer. My knowledge of the classics is poor, I was taught very little at school and I have never read The Iliad. I did read Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles a couple of years ago, but as far as I ca...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Sep 16, 2018
    All the stars to my new favorite read, The Silence of the Girls! Today I have a book that came highly recommended by my friend, Paula, at Book Jotter, and my Goodreads friend, Tammy. My Thoughts: The Silence of the Girls is referred to as a masterpiece in its synopsis. Yes, i...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Sep 05, 2018
    Now shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2019. Now it?s full of frightened old men who think their day is over (and they?re probably right) and overexcited young men who jabber till the spit flies, though it?s only stuff they?ve read in the paper. The women have gone very quie...
  • Paromjit
    Oct 30, 2018
    Pat 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...
  • Hannah
    May 31, 2019
    I am in love. Nearly everything about this book worked for me. While I do think that parts of that are due to the fact that it hits a lot of sweet spots of mine, I also think it really is an incredible achievement. I adore the story of the Trojan War though - so this was probably alway...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 14, 2019
    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 v...
  • Book of the Month
    Aug 31, 2018
    Why I love it by Taylor Jenkins Reid I'm a sucker for a good retelling, especially if it's about the Ancient Greeks. So I admit that I'm the exact right audience for Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls. And yet, it still exceeded my expectations. The Silence of the Girls recou...
  • Tammy
    Jul 16, 2018
    Royal Briseis is presented to Achilles as a prize for sacking and destroying Lyrnessus a neighboring city of Troy. So this is a re-telling of the final few weeks of The Iliad?s Trojan War from the perspective of a ?bed-slave.? While Briseis has it better than the abject slavery o...
  • Roman Clodia
    May 12, 2018
    I've been trying to escape not just from the camp but from Achilles' story This is the best modern re-telling of the Iliad that I've read - even if it does perhaps extend too far, taking in the aftermath of war as told in Athenian tragedies: the Hekabe, and the Trojan Women especial...
  • Renee Godding
    May 05, 2019
    Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars Is anybody actually surprised that I read and loved another retelling of a Greek Classic? Nope...? Didn't think so. ...