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readingjedi
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I love retellings of myths, I love anything to do with Greece, Ancient or otherwise and I loved The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. So this book is very much my thing & I was excited to compare & contrast to Miller's work. And well, wow. While I did not find it quite as luminously imaginative and evocative as Miller's novel, boy did it pack a brutal punch! While Miller had me gooey eyed over dreamboat Achilles & his oh so romantic ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ....affair with loverboy Patroclus, Barker rips away the veneer and presents Achilles as a murdering psychopath! Not so touching now! The story of Breseis & the Trojan women is harrowing & heart rending - their fate to beused as prizes to be slaves and concubines. While I loved Miller's romantic hero, this presentation feels more real, closer to the reality of war & women's place in it. Brutal, bloody and brilliant. 2d
Tamra I really enjoyed it too! 2d
cjk I liked it as well. Definitely different in tone from the Song of Achilles. I agree that it a more real depiction of war, and women‘s place in it. 2d
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ElisabethRose
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So I read this not too long after reading Song of Achilles and I think it was really interesting to see two different author's perspectives on Achilles. While Miller seems to romantise the war and write something more akin to a love story, Barker isn't afraid to show the hideousness and gory details of the war. She doesn't pull any punches on her descriptions of sickness, injuries, and general (lack) if hygiene. I loved seeing the differences.

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r2wend2
The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Another great reimagining of Greek mythology. With characters so human and real. I really loved it.

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GatheringBooks
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#SoaringScores Day 28: This retelling of #TheBattle of the Trojan War is told from the perspective of vanquished Queen Briseis. Thruout, it was Briseis‘ voice that surfaced, a channeling and owning of grief that is stark but never overly-dramatized nor gratuitously violent. It was very matter-of-fact, sharp, incisive, & pierces a woman‘s spirit in a way that leaves a scar. My review of this unforgettable story - https://wp.me/pDlzr-k9T

Cinfhen I LOVED this one!!! I can read Greek Mythology retellings all day/ everyday 💜 4w
CrowCAH Looks like they‘re playing Rock Paper Scissors! Lol 4w
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jenniferw88
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Thank you @squirrelbrain for the book and bookmarks - I haven't read it yet! Expect a reply soon(ish!) #litsylove #jbuk

julesG Somehow this book reminds me of the Gladstone retreat. I'm not sure why though. Haven't read it yet, but maybe one of the ladies present had it with her. Or was it at Waterstones? @scripturient 1mo
scripturient @julesG We might have talked about this because I remember I bought this in Scotland a few weeks before we went to Gladstones. BTW, can you believe it‘s been a year that we signed up for the first retreat and here the second one is fast approaching. 😁 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh I‘m glad you haven‘t read it! I hope you enjoy... @julesG @scripturient - how time flies! 1mo
julesG @scripturient @squirrelbrain Looking forward to the next retreat. 1mo
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Anna.VanTrapp
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I was completely enthralled in this book. It was like an extension of the movie TROY with Brad Pitt and Rose Byrne. The writing was incredible. I rarely gives 5 stars, but I‘m giving this five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

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bookandcat
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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With the fabulous Madeline Miller (author of Circe and Song of Achilles). I hear she is working on an adaptation of The Tempest next!
#morristownfestivalofbooks #mfob #mfob2019 #bookfestival

BookishMarginalia Cool on both counts! 1mo
bookandcat @BookishMarginalia she was a wonderful speaker! 😁 1mo
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Readergrrl
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I read Circe earlier this year and wasn‘t expecting this novel to be on par. I was wrong! The sack of Troy as told by the Trojan women enslaved by the Greeks...but so much more! War as experienced by women; the triangulation of greed, corruption, and honor; love, passion, rage, grief, revenge, and redemption; history through the eyes of the conquered. I will be thinking of Briseis and her sisters in war for a long time. 5/5⭐️

CoffeeCatsBooks Oh, this sounds like just my sort of book! 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks And just realized I already have a copy of this, just with a different cover. 😂 2mo
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Zoes_Human
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This was so much better than I expected.

I was expecting a simple retelling of the Iliad from a woman's perspective. I was not expecting something so realistic and feminist. Something that speaks to the truth of war for women. Something that makes it so clear how courageous women have always been in ways that are not acknowledged as such but rather are portrayed as a sign of their weakness.

I loved it!