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The Silence of the Girls
The Silence of the Girls | Pat Barker
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CaitlinR
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“”Looking back, it seemed to me I‘d been trying to escape not just from camp, but from Achille‘s story; and I failed. Because make no mistake, this was g his story—his anger, his grief, his story” p.266

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CaitlinR
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One of the things I love about Pat Barker‘snovels is that she writes with such poignancy, and so elegantly about the human costs of war. In SILENCE OFTHE GIRLS she takes on the final days of the Trojan War given us the unhappily entwined lives of Achilles and the stolen woman: Briseis.

The “silent girls” are the women taken as slaves, some awarded to the warriors, some enslaved and discarded to fend for themselves.

Very highly recommended.

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AnneCecilie
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Just finished this and haven‘t made up my mind jet how I feel about this. This novel really demonstrates that this a man‘s world, and women doesn‘t have much value. This is the story of Achilles told though the eyes of Briseis when it‘s not told by Achilles himself. Briseis is Achilles slave.

This is shortlisted for this year‘s Women‘s Prize for Fiction.

merelybookish Beautiful cover! 3d
Henrik_Madsen Interesting premise. Reminds me of The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, which I really enjoyed. Focus was here on Penelope and her ten maids who are summarily killed by Odysseus in the original. 3d
Tamra @Henrik_Madsen I just finished Penelopiad and loved it - I have the tagged audio novel on hold. I‘m hoping I like it! (edited) 3d
AnneCecilie @Henrik_Madsen @Tamra that seems like a book I should check out. I like retellings. 3d
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ktsipp
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Loved it

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ReadingEnvy
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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 the women. It is interesting that it's up against Circe for the Women's Prize for Fiction because I like that one more.⤵️

ReadingEnvy To refresh my memory I re-read sections of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, who maintains the layer of how the gods influence these events (based on the texts by Homer and Euripides) that Barker excludes, except to show scenes between Achilles and his mother, and his obsession with the sea. In the end this is really his story. 1w
teainthelibrary I‘m disappointed to hear that about the focus of the book! I just picked up from the library and am going to read it later this week. Hopefully I enjoy it! 🤞🏼 1w
bedandabook I‘m with you on this one Jenny, having also read both. I listened to The Silence of the Girls rather than read it, but was frustrated when the narration switched from female to male. Circe, on the other hand, has stayed with me as a powerful female voice. 1w
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ReadingEnvy @bedandabook yeah I don't know if I just made incorrect assumptions or if it's sold wrong? 1w
ReadingEnvy @teainthelibrary it's still very vivid 1w
andrew61 Curious jenny, i just read 'country' by Michael hughes which set in 1996 northern Ireland is based on the illiad - i enjoyed that a lot as i did song of achilles - it may be time to stretch myself and have a look at the original. 1w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 what do you consider the original? ;) 1w
andrew61 @ReadingEnvy perhaps i should have an odyssey to the Greek Islands and find someone who still is able to give an oral rendition over a glass or five of ouzo. Although in the alternative the Emily Wilson (?) is getting a lot of love ☺ 1w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 I like your plan!! I've been wanting to read the Wilson translation too. 1w
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Away for the weekend for a bridal shower, of course I brought books. This is one of them. I‘m enjoying it so far, but I have to say, I liked Madeline Miller‘s Song of Achilles so much that it‘s hard for me to get into Barker‘s Achilles. If you‘ve read both, did you prefer one over the other?

bookandcat Miller is far better. This was decent but not as amazing as Song of Achilles 2w
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TrishB
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Thank you Cindy, I‘m so excited by my parcel 😁 I love the bag and I‘m just going to pretend I‘ve been! (Fake it until you make it!) I‘ll look forward to getting to the book and I always love stationery goodies.
😘😘 #litsyfriends ❤️
Sorry I haven‘t even made it to the PO yet.....slacker. Going to combine with a birthday parcel anyway. (Is that nearly a year already).

Cathythoughts So lovely 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Cinfhen Crazzzy, it is nearly a year 😘😘enjoy my friend xx 2w
squirrelbrain Oooh so jealous of the Strand bag, even though I already have one of my own but mine‘s different and I want ALL of the bags...! @Cinfhen 2w
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LeahBergen Lovely! 👏🏻 2w
Caroline2 Ohhhhh I‘ve been dying to read this book. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it. 👍🏻 2w
TrishB @Cathythoughts it is 😘 2w
TrishB @Cinfhen I know! Time flying by... 2w
TrishB @squirrelbrain I like all the bags too 😁 2w
TrishB @Caroline2 don‘t buy- I‘ll pass on when done, sharing the Litsy love! Maybe a couple of months. 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll try to pick one up for you this summer @squirrelbrain and I‘m so happy Trish will forward book to you @Caroline2 I REALLY loved it!!! 2w
squirrelbrain You‘re so sweet @Cinfhen ! 😘 2w
Caroline2 @TrishB oh wow thanks Trish! 😀 👍🏻 2w
readordierachel Love the tote 😍 2w
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cbowlin1921
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Another book about history that will draw you in, as well as teach you some things you might not have known. It talks about the struggles of female slaves in the Greek war camps and how they were treated and takes you back to how they would have felt during that time.

The main character has a very interesting point of view and is a very good story teller as well.

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 2w
tpixie Welcome! 🥳📚🥳 2w
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Welcome to Litsy🌺 2w
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Jilly6183
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Mehso-so

I know giving this a so-so is an unpopular opinion. I liked Barker's writing style, and I love the idea, but this felt so one dimensional to me and I couldn‘t get invested in the characters. Maybe it‘s because it‘s been so long since I studied the Iliad, I don‘t remember much about it. But I felt like this had so much potential and it just missed the mark.

KatieDid927 Nah I‘m with you. This was nowhere near Madeline Miller. 3w
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CaroPi
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Just starting this beautiful book that is part of the short list for the #womensprize first 50 pages but so far so good

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youneverarrived
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I really liked this. From the description I was expecting more about the women & less about the men but it‘s almost as much Achilles story as it is Briseis. However it does powerfully describe how women were treated. Briseis fear & strength is written vividly and her character is well drawn, and it‘s a lot more focused & direct than Circe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 4w
Heideschrampf Sounds like great concepts and looks beautiful 4w
Pricel101 Great review! Toby‘s Room stayed with me a long time 3w
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scripturient
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After bashing this book on Litsy already, I just let out all of my frustration in a detailed review on my blog. 😂 If you‘re interested: www.theconstantreader.net/blog

Itchyfeetreader This is what I love about litsy - it‘s like a huge virtual book club. I liked this book BUT your well written and positioned review has me agreeing with huge swathes of it. Makes me what to read it again with your perspective. Thanks for sharing x 1mo
Simona Interesting thoughts! 1mo
julesG Very good review! 1mo
Theaelizabet Interesting review. 1mo
KatieDid927 You know I‘m with you. This is not a good book. 3w
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rwmg
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This is one of those books where I would probably have enjoyed it more if I'd heard less about it before I started. Reading it I was too conscious that it was not doing what the word of mouth on it said it was -- retelling the Iliad from a woman's point of view. And towards the end it admits as much.

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Crazeedi
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3.5 ⭐ the story of Briseis, a prize give to Achilles after he destroyed her husband's kingdom. We follow her as she tells the tale as the conquering Greeks destroy Troy. A different kind of twist to the Greek tragedies.

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BookishTrish
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I‘m going in! #raredayoff #sloth #bliss

CoverToCoverGirl I want to read this one! 1mo
AmyG Very good book. 1mo
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Crazeedi
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Next up (because Libby tells me 10 people are waiting!🤨)

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scripturient
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Ok, why does this book claim it‘s a ‘feminist‘ retelling? It‘s an awful lot about the guys in the story and Barker‘s excuse for this towards the end was super lame. Meh!!

RachelO Oh dear! 1mo
KatieDid927 Right? Agreed. Did not dig this one at all. 1mo
kgriffith Oh dang, okay, taking it off my TBR! 1mo
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EchoLogical Oof. I wanted to read and love this one so bad. Glad I didn't waste my time. 1mo
julesG "feminist anything" on the jacket gets more attention and sells more books? 1mo
Lindy @julesG It IS a feminist retelling, in my view. The men of that time didn‘t consider women to be persons, so women‘s lives were highly circumscribed, especially during war. Men‘s actions had a huge effect on the women in this novel, so it makes sense to have some third-person sections following them. I was a bit disappointed with the writing, but it was still a 4-star read for me. @RachelO 1mo
scripturient @Lindy I still think this could have been done way better. Of course Briseis‘ life was highly influenced by the men around her as they determined it (being married away, being enslaved, being traded, etc) but I still would have wished for more character depth. Instead it was mainly about Achilles‘ mummy issues. Briseis was the narrator but we never really learned anything about her. And that last sentence: Now my story can begin. at the end... 1mo
scripturient ... of a book that was supposed to tell her story in the first place. When I compare this to Atwood‘s Penelopiad, for example, I found this story here just lacking in so many ways. 😢 (edited) 1mo
scripturient But I have heard so many different views on this novel. And that‘s great as opinions are of course very subjective. Would be boring otherwise. :) 1mo
Lindy @scripturient I liked Penelopiad better too, but I see a lot of good in this one also. Regarding the ending, I interpret that to mean Briseis is starting over; she has been forced to reinvent herself in order to remain sane. 1mo
KatieDid927 @scripturient Once again I agree with your analysis completely. I was frustrated by the lack of depth in her character also. Even though she was the narrator for significant portions it still felt like she was only there to advance Achilles‘ character, narratively speaking. There was nothing to her, the story didn‘t make me feel anything and it doesn‘t come close to the various other masterful Greek mythology retellings. 1mo
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rwmg
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Well-ReadNeck
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I enjoyed the narration of this audiobook. But, overall, I preferred Madeline Miller‘s Song Of Achilles. This one had some drawn out bits that I could have done without.

rwmg I'm going to start reading this today for my book club 1mo
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scripturient
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Tonight‘s entertainment at Casa Caeners. 😁

Crazeedi I have this on my kindle right now, I have 13 days to read. . 1mo
readordierachel Loving that edition! 1mo
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RidgewayGirl
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How great was this book, guys? I love how myths are kept alive by the act of reimagination and this retelling of the story of Achilles through the woman given to him as a slave. Lovely counterpoint to The Song of Achilles.

Rachel_nyc I keep hearing good things about this one. Stacking! 1mo
rwmg I'll be reading that next week for my RL book club 1mo
RidgewayGirl @Rachel_nyc It‘s gorgeously told. 1mo
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RidgewayGirl @rwmg That‘s a solid book club pick. I like my book club, but the books keep getting lighter and lighter. 1mo
Crazeedi Have on hold on overdrive 1mo
rwmg @RidgewayGirl We have a nice mixture of serious and light books 1mo
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emmaturi
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1. Today I wandered around the city, then went to see the movie The Aftermath
2. Yes about 7 I think
3. Green
4. Argentina
5. Buying a book then finding out you already have it!

@pepsicola #premondayvibes

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emmaturi
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I am really interested in reading about Briseis and Achilles. Already started and am hooked! #lovetoread #books

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I put a hold on this at my library, but then when the loan came in I almost sent it back. I decided to listen for 30 minutes just in case. I don‘t care at all about Greek mythology, but dear god. This story is beautifully narrated and the story itself drew me in immediately.

ReadingOverSleeping This looks so interesting! What genre? 1mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @ReadingOverSleeping It‘s basically The Iliad (I believe) retold from the prospective of the female slaves - Briseis is the main narrator. 1mo
Cinfhen I just finished this book, sooooo good!! Nice contrast/ perspective since reading and loving 1mo
charl08 Loved it! (And not a fan of Greek myth either). 1mo
ReadingOverSleeping I'll have to check it out! Sounds like you all loved it 1mo
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Hope_a
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Calling all Iliad lovers - this book is for you! Plus, it is Longlisted for Women‘s Prize this year. Go grab yourself a copy and read it!
You can find my review here:
https://theantagonistdiaries.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/the-silence-of-the-girls/

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic 💜💜 1mo
Hope_a @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! ❤️ 1mo
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Cinfhen
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A strong evocative retelling of the final weeks leading to the fiery destruction of Troy, seen through the eyes of Briseis. With the same poetic prose and brilliance of Madeline Miller, Anita Diamant & Alice Hoffman Silence of the Girls makes ancient history tantalizing and intoxicating. Really enjoyed this novel. Absolute pick ❤️

GatheringBooks i absolutely adored this novel, and read miller‘s the song of achilles immediately right after. 1mo
TrishB You‘re tempting me..... 1mo
TheBookKeepers Wow I love several of those authors! Thanks for sharing - stacked! 1mo
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Kalalalatja I have seen such mixed reviews for this, but your review makes me want to read it! 1mo
Cinfhen Do you own this one @TrishB ?? I‘m happy to send it to you in the next box😘 1mo
whatshesreadingnow Stacked! 1mo
TrishB No, not got this one , thank you 😘 1mo
kspenmoll Great review- have this to read.😘 1mo
Cinfhen Hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did @TheBookKeepers @Kalalalatja @whatshesreadingnow @kspenmoll 🧡 1mo
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Nebklvr
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I couldn‘t care less about the ancient Greeks and their wars but this was compulsively readable.

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Cinfhen
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After reading and loving Madeline Miller‘s Song Of Achilles, I‘m really enjoying Pat Barker‘s imagining of Achilles through the eyes of Briseis. #Pop19 #MythOrLegendRetelling #LazySunday 🌞📚🧡

TrishB Enjoy 😘 1mo
charl08 Such a good read! 1mo
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Redheadrambles
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I don‘t know what happened in March as only four books read seems like a very stately pace for me .... I do believe I started and DNF‘ed a few additional books. Without question Silence of the Girls and The Sellout were the standouts.
Better luck in April ??!

#Marchstats #Marchwrapup #Marchbooks

Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood tell me about it !! I feel trapped in a sort of insufferable dinner party 2mo
Redwritinghood Here‘s hoping! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I feel, though, like I‘m never going to get through 2mo
BarbaraBB Wasn‘t Subutex Vernon 2 good? 2mo
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ClairesReads Aw- even if it wasn‘t a prolific reading month, at least you had a couple of awesome reads? I‘m enjoying The Hadley even though it‘s a bit slow 2mo
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB I have to say it was only just ok for me. I still enjoyed it but no where near as much as the first novel:( 2mo
BarbaraBB That‘s a pity. I still need to read the first but I heard such good things about it and had high hopes for the series. 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Good job! 📖💖 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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#LiteraryLuck Day 31: Here are some of my #FavoritesOfMarch. Read around 28 titles this month, including lots of picturebooks, but quite a few essays, poetry, fiction, and novellas too. Tagged book will stay with me for awhile, I did not want Briseis‘ story to end, so much so that I made an unscheduled emergency trip to the library to find Song Of Achilles to get back to that world, yet again. Achilles-Patroclus-Briseis. 💕📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s on my list!! 2mo
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saresmoore
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Two loads of laundry to fold, a kitchen to clean, lunch to prepare...for some reason, I just don‘t care.

Cathythoughts You have beautiful skies 👍🏻💙 2mo
TheBooksWhoLived Loved this book 2mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts It‘s an unbelievably beautiful day! 2mo
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saresmoore @TheBooksWhoLived I‘m really enjoying the book. This is my first from Pat Barker. Do you recommend any of her others? 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad you‘re taking it easy and enjoying yourself. 2mo
CouronneDhiver 👍🏽 same 2mo
batsy Have you read the Iliad or are you reading it alongside this book? I want to read this but I feel like I should read the Iliad first, and that means I'll probably get to this in 2025 🤣 2mo
saresmoore @batsy I own a copy of the Iliad...does that count? 🙃 I am planning to do the Iliad and Odyssey back-to-back, someday. I guess I‘ll just have lots of spoilers and preconceived interpretations. 😬 2mo
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Lindy
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I enjoy retellings that give me a new perspective on a familiar story. Homer‘s Iliad is very different as seen from the perspective of Queen Briseis of Lyrnessus, given to Achilles as his slave & concubine. Even knowing the brutal outcome of the fall of Troy, I found the narrative of survival propulsive. Anachronistic British colloquialisms add freshness to the dialogue & remind me that women in wartime continue to face horrors today. #Audiobook

saresmoore Wonderful review! I‘m just over halfway through this and I agree about the colloquialisms. I‘m still pretty fresh off of The Song of Achilles and I am really enjoying the contrasting perspectives. It never occurred to me before how much retellings can expand the scope of a story. 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😊The richness of the conglomeration experience is the main reason that I seek out retellings. I slightly prefer Miller‘s writing style over Barker‘s, and between Miller‘s two, I prefer Circe. 2mo
saresmoore I‘ve also started reading Circe (too much? 😬) and I prefer Miller‘s style, too. Barker‘s tone is slightly detached and seems almost critical, whereas Miller helps me inhabit the story. But I think they are both wonderful writers. Have you read others of Barker‘s? 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore I‘ve been meaning to read the Regeneration trilogy for a long time. One of these days … 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore I know what you mean about the slight detachment. I guess it‘s a good thing, since Briseis goes through such horrors. 2mo
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mhillis
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Book 3 from the Women‘s Prize for Fiction Longlist finished!

GatheringBooks i am reading this, too, and enjoying it so far 2mo
Crazeedi I want to read this one! I think I have it on hold on overdrive! 2mo
mhillis @GatheringBooks I probably wouldn‘t have picked it up if it weren‘t on the prize list but it was interesting! 2mo
mhillis @Crazeedi hope you have a chance to read it! I may have to go back and give Circe another try now 😂 2mo
Crazeedi @mhillis I read half of circe, its laying here waiting for me to finish! 2mo
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Lindy
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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‘.

(Image: cover of Song of Achilles)

sprainedbrain I loved Silence of the Girls! ❤️ 2mo
Lindy @sprainedbrain 👍I‘m still formulating my thoughts for a review. I didn‘t exactly love it but it‘s definitely a pick. 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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#Frideas Thanks for the tag, @kamoorephoto
🌍 I am surprised at this Q, as I have always thought it was politically incorrect in this day and age to ask this, seeing how it can be complex a query. But, yeah, I am a Filipina based in Singapore for going on 11 years now.
🌍 Fairyland 🧚🏼‍♀️
🌍 Tagged book is a retelling of the Trojan war. Troy is said to be in northwest Turkey, if Google is right.
🌍 Which country? If Singapore, chili crab!
🌍 💕

Velvetfur I find that in London people ask where people are from almost as a greeting. Maybe because London is so varied culture wise, but also I think people like to discuss other countries and cultures, and we've often been to the country that the person we're talking to is from so we can enthuse about it. This does happen in my home city of Liverpool too, but not as much. I hope this makes sense! 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur totally get it. 🧚🏼‍♀️ the Q tho could mean diff things to diff people. i remember a young girl in my book club who shared how she doesn‘t know how to respond to this Q. Her mom is Chinese Singaporean but worked in France where young girl was born. Her father is from Denmark but based now in HK. She lives in SG, and is biracial, with a French passport. So, the Q forces her to answer in an expected box that does not exist anymore.😂 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur race, ethnicity, nationality are all blurred and deliciously intermingled now, so the notion of a simple response to what increasingly becomes a personal query forces one to provide a whole entangled genealogical lineage/background that the person who is innocently asking may not be ready for. hehehe. 🧚🏼‍♀️ I get that it is definitely an innocuous and well-meaning q tho that doesn‘t have to be needlessly complex - yet it is. 🤣💕😍 2mo
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Velvetfur @GatheringBooks I love that story of that girl's background, I think that's lovely, but I understand how it would be annoying for her to go through it all YET AGAIN with another person asking! And of course there's a certain type of person who has to put people in a box and won't accept that they're from where they say they're from because they don't look like it - that's the worst 😡 2mo
Velvetfur Oh and I mean about that girl you mentioned, she shouldn't feel that she has to explain herself just because someone might still be pressing her for 'where she's really from' when she says France, which of course relates to the second half of my previous comment 😊 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur exactly! 😍 life is so gloriously and utterly confounding indeed. life is often stranger than fiction. 😭🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 2mo
whatsthEStorey I love seeing where all the Littens are posting from! On Litsy, you don‘t really know whether someone is in your same zip code or a different continent. You bring up a good point about asking that question face to face...then it has more of a ring of, where are you *really* from. 2mo
SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 btw, it was just an innocent question so we can talk about different cultures, food, etc. There was no need to answer, if the question made you uncomfortable... we could have just talked about something else with you and would have had fun just the same 😉 2mo
GatheringBooks @whatsthEStorey the where are you **really** from is what gets me everytime! 😂🤣😭 hahaha - but yup, it is awesome seeing where people are currently based now, and will be awesome to meet up when traveling or when there are people within same zip code. 👌🏽🧚🏼‍♀️📚 2mo
GatheringBooks @SailorMoon i definitely enjoyed playing and didn‘t mind the Q, although for someone now in-between cultures, the Q becomes somewhat complicated, and having similar discussions with biracial individuals and third-culture (some are multi-cultured) kids also increase the entanglements even further. but i did enjoy seeing where people are based now! 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 2mo
Velvetfur @GatheringBooks @whatsthEStorey @SailorMoon I really like this one, and I agree that it's great to see where we all are because one of us could one day find ourselves in one of these countries so we could arrange to meet up in real life! And I personally love to meet people from all walks of life and learn about other cultures and be inspired to visit those countries. It's all positive! 😊 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur do let me know if you are in singapore. it is such a small country, making it relatively easy to meet up, schedules permitting. 🧚🏼‍♀️🧚🏼‍♀️🧚🏼‍♀️ 2mo
SailorMoon I get the difficulties, I am sorry they sounded "disrespectful" or anything, it was an innocent question that it had no need for a mandatory response! ? I still don't see it as an unpolitically correct Q though, probably because it was born in my mind as a completely innocent one! 2mo
GatheringBooks @SailorMoon yup, it‘s all good! 🧚🏼‍♀️📚🍫💕 2mo
Velvetfur @GatheringBooks I would LOVE to go to Singapore, so if I ever get there I'll be sure to let you know! Same for you if you come to the south of the UK, I live about an hour outside of London 😊 2mo
SailorMoon I know it is, no damage was done either way! 😉 have a good day 💕🤟🏻 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur was in London and Birmingham back in 2015, went to Dublin last year, and had a chance to go to Northern Ireland - which apparently is also in the UK when I did the Game of Thrones tour. but thus far, no conferences or invites yet in that part of the world in the coming months, sadly. 🤣😭😂 2mo
Velvetfur @GatheringBooks Yes Northern Ireland is the UK but the rest of Ireland isn't, and I'd love to do a Thrones tour one day too 😊 ok next time you're in the UK then we'll meet up 👍 2mo
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Lindy
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We‘re going to survive—our songs, our stories. They‘ll never be able to forget us. Decades after the last man who fought at Troy is dead, their sons will remember the songs their Trojan mothers sang to them. We‘ll be in their dreams—and in their worst nightmares too.

(Photo: dancing terracotta funerary figurines from 6th century Japan)

Severnmeadows Beautiful quote. 1mo
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GatheringBooks
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This is how my Friday looks like. How‘s yours? Traveled to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) yet again for lunch, 90-minute aromatherapy thai massage and this lovely tiramisu waffle and caramel latte for dessert. #WomenReadWomen2019

Beatlefan129 Sounds amazing! 2mo
Blueberry 💚 2mo
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charl08
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Achilles‘ heel . Of all the legends that grew up around him that was by far the silliest. His mother, in a desperate attempt to make him immortal, is supposed to have dipped him in the waters of Lethe, but she held him by the heel, making that the only part of his body that was not invulnerable to mortal wounds . Invulnerable to wounds? His whole body was a mass of scars. Believe me, I do know.

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saresmoore
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It‘s really interesting reading this book (tagged) alongside Circe. The tone of each is quite distinct. I‘m enjoying both, so far!

Suet624 Ooohhh, I think I‘d like this. 😀 2mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I think you‘d like it, too. Very good, so far. 2mo
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LaurenReads
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This story, from the perspective of Briseis, was so good! I‘m glad I read Song of Achilles because it added to my background knowledge before reading this one. The horror of war, especially for the innocents, is shown in this book.

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

All the stars for this one. I loved everything about it, but then I have always admired Pat Barkers style. She writes about the psychological effects of war with stunning clarity and unflinching honesty. This book was less about retelling a classic and more a woman‘s experience of slavery and war. Viewed through that lens I thought it was outstanding. I have not read many Woman‘s prize nominees yet but I hope this makes the shortlist.

Redheadrambles #womensprizeforfiction#readharder2019 - Myths (edited) 2mo
ClairesReads Yay so glad you finally got that five star read! 2mo
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mklong
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I loved this reimagining of the Iliad from Briseis‘s perspective. But that‘s just it, I loved it when we were getting Briseis‘s perspective. Too often Barker shifts away from her, to an omniscient third person narration of events that she isn‘t present for, which pulled me away from the intimacy of her story.

LaurenReads Yes! I kept getting annoyed when Achilles was “thinking” 2mo
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Gorgeous novel! I'm so glad that I read this one shortly after Madeleine Miller's The Song of Achilles. In The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker tells the story of the Trojan War predominantly from the perspective of Briseis. She is the young wife of a prominent man . . . until her city is conquered and she becomes Achilles's slave. (continued in comments)

Unabridged While she was certainly humanized in The Song of Achilles, this perspective on her life brilliantly exposes the point of view of a woman who is nothing more than property, who soaks up even the smallest bit of kindness without mistaking it for true regard. Barker's writing is eloquent and spare and just beautiful. 2mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Has anyone ever planned a staycation for the purpose of reading? I‘m wondering if I can make it happen in May between classes. #botm arrived #mountTBR

hermyknee Do it do it! 2mo
Chrissyreadit @hermyknee 🥰🥰🥰 2mo
Nute It‘s a wonderful idea. Try it! 2mo
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TheLibrarian That‘s a wonderful idea!! 2mo
Gissy What is a staycation? Forgive my ignorance🙄 2mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy staying home instead of going away for vacation. But I will read and order out everyday! 2mo
Gissy Ohhh😮Well, that's what I do most of the time☺️I'm a terrible cook I confess ☹️After March I will do the same but I will like to visit local cafes and places to do my readings😍 2mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy I‘m always running to work or driving a kid somewhere, or doing school work, or cleaning.... this would be no cooking, minimal cleaning, no work while on break from school. Sighhhhh..... 2mo
Gissy Yes! You deserve it!!! 👍 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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So excited by the #womensprizeforfiction list! I just saw it today and I‘ve been really wanting something to get my teeth into between tob and booker international!

So far I‘m on 6/15 and am excited to get cracking on more

rwmg The Silence of thr Girls is my book club's choice for April 3mo
Emilymdxn @rwmg excited to see what you think of it! 3mo
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GivenLemons
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An amazing book! It flew off the shelves at the library, but I got hold of the ebook. It‘s beautiful and stark and so different from the romanticised presentation of an honourable war in the Iliad. Absolutely worth reading!

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Itchyfeetreader
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I see why this book seems to be compared unfavourably to Circe but I think it‘s unfair. Can we not have 2 books be exceptional female authors that present a female perspective to the Greek myths? I really enjoyed this - here Briseis‘ story highlights the uncomfortable truth about the perception of women in times of war as well as presenting a more rounded view of the Iliad

Severnmeadows About to read this. I think it‘s going to be brilliant. 3mo
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