“”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
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.