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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Canadian Reader
    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 ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ 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 ...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 04, 2018
    In The Silence of the Girls, author Pat Barker takes an important but mainly silent character from Homer's Iliad and gives her voice. She is Achilles' war prize: Briseis, an involuntary sex slave. Through Briseis' point of view, Barker highlights hard truths about the characters in thi...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bam
    Dec 04, 2018
    *3-3.5 stars. Thank you to the Doubleday Keep Turning Pages group for the hardcover copy I won through their giveaway contest. This is the group read for KTP for December, 2018. I read Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey in high school and just vaguely remember the characters. From t...
  • 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...
  • Faith
    Nov 07, 2018
    I loved this retelling of "The Iliad". While it is not absolutely necessary to have read the classic story first, I do recommend at least taking a look at the Wikipedia description before reading this book. This book addresses the Trojan War, primarily from the point of view of Briseis...
  • 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 (That book-hoarding 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Nov 21, 2018
    I came to this book relatively late ? but which time it had already received excellent reviews from a number of my Goodreads friends which both detail the book and discuss some of its strengths and flaws ? see in particular these reviews from Paul, Neil and Trevor. https://www.g...
  • 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...
  • 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...