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 watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and b The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody wa...

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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:293 pages pages

The Silence of the Girls Reviews

  • Trevor
    Sep 05, 2018
    Retelling the stories and reframing the characters in ancient myths and tragedies is as old as literature itself. Indeed, many of the most famous versions of the myths and plays are not the urtext edition, but are re-tellings themselves, and some of our most famous pieces of modern lit...
  • 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...
  • Bettie☯
    May 16, 2018
    Netgalley Description: From the Booker Prize-winning author of Regeneration and one of our greatest contemporary writers on war comes a re-imagining of the most famous conflict in literature - the legendary Trojan War. When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis's old life is shatter...
  • Sara
    Sep 12, 2018
    Being a woman during the Trojan War sucked. It sucked big time. ...
  • Joseph
    Jul 29, 2018
    The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker is a retelling of the Illiad through the eyes of Briseis. Barker was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in 1943. She was educated at the London School of Economics and has been a teacher of history and politics. She is the author of several historical ficti...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Jul 19, 2018
    Pat Barker has chosen an intriguing point-of-view to re-imagine THE ILIAD--that of Briseis, Achilles? concubine. I?m not concerned with keeping the purity of Homer?s text, since Homer?s text, written subsequent to preceding oral traditions, demonstrates variants in characters a...
  • Melanie
    Sep 02, 2018
    This was my pick for the September 2018 Book of the Month box! (This also sounds like everything I've ever wanted in a book...) Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch ...
  • 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...
  • Libby
    Sep 25, 2018
    4 stars. In the hands of master storyteller Pat Barker, ?The Silence of the Girls? brings emotion and flesh to the bones of Homer?s Iliad. Briseis, Queen of Lyrnessus, a neighbor to Troy, is captured when her city falls to the Greeks. Achilles known widely as ?the butcher? to...
  • 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...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Sep 11, 2018
    Telling the story of the Iliad through the eyes of Briseis is a really good idea, there's so much potential to present the familiar through a drastically different lens. As Barker (through Briseis) notes, there is a story of men and glory presented to the world, but the story that isn'...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Janna
    Sep 02, 2018
    Silence of the Girls is a retelling of one of literature?s greatest tales-Achilles and the fall of Troy. Predominantly told through the eyes of minor Trojan queen Briseis, it shows the forgotten, but essential, figures in the background: the female slaves in the Greek army camp. Auth...
  • Sana
    Jul 22, 2018
    EXCUSE ME, BRISEIS FROM THE TROJAN WAR GETTING HER OWN BOOK AND NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT IT? RUDE BUT PLEASE LET THIS BE GOOD :PRAYER HANDS EMOJI: :PRAYER HANDS EMOJI: :PRAYER HANDS EMOJI: ALSO, THAT COVERRRR ...
  • Cathy
    Aug 24, 2018
    InThe Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker sets out to give voice to the women ?silenced? in previous versions of the story of the Trojan War. Unfortunately, I?m not sure she entirely succeeds. It all starts promisingly as the reader experiences the fall of Lyrnessus to the Gre...
  • Ana
    Sep 14, 2018
    A book about Troy, Briseis, Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, Patroclus and the rest of the gang. TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY. Briseis and Achilles. I don't deserve this honor but I'll take it. I'm never getting off this cruise ship. Sorry, just channeling my inner 12-year-old. I was alm...
  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    Jul 18, 2018
    Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction The ancient stories are always male dominated, with women?s voices being pushed aside in favour of those ?heroes? instead. Although let?s be real, my idea of what defines a hero definitely isn?t the type you find in many Gree...
  • 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...
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    Jul 04, 2018
    ACTUAL RATING 4.5 STARS I am utterly breathless. This novel was so much more than I imagined it would be. Following the point of view of Briseis, this story tells the tale of the Trojan War from the eyes of a girl who is taken from her city and is claimed as Achilles' prize for conq...
  • Jo (An Unexpected Geek)
    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...
  • Emma
    Oct 03, 2018
    Even if a female voice has been revealed here, it remains muted and as overpowered by Achilles' story as it ever was. Despite the title, only Briseis really gets a chance to tell her tale, and though she makes somewhat halfhearted an effort to include the experiences of other women...
  • 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...
  • Neil
    Aug 23, 2018
    In Homer?s Iliad, women do not speak very often, except maybe for the goddesses, and Briseis, the central character of Barker?s novel, has no words at all. "'Silence becomes a woman.' Every woman I?ve ever known was brought up on that saying." Here Barker retells the story ...
  • Sarah
    Oct 12, 2018
    Guess we?ll go ahead and get the content warnings out of the way: (view spoiler)[Rape, PTSD, death of children, suicide, graphic violence (hide spoiler)] This is largely a re-telling of Homer?s Iliad. It takes place during the siege of nine year long siege of Troy. Briseis is w...
  • 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...
  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    Jun 15, 2018
    ?How was it possible for these high walls that had protected us all our lives to fall?? Having come straight from reading The Beekeeper of Sinjar, a collection of harrowing first-hand accounts of women taken captive by Daesh, to The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker's reimagining 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...
  • Ivy H
    Sep 27, 2018
    Wow ! Talk about engendering Historical fiction ! But it's an engendering that underscores the hopeless plight in which these women found themselves. Women were, regardless of their status or wealth, for the most part: Pawns; Prizes; Property/chattel This blew me away and...