The Silence of the GirlsBook - 2018
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In the same vein as Madeline Miller's "The Song of Achilles," Pat Barker retells the Homeric tale from the perspective of Briseis, the princess of Troy taken as a prize by Achilles. As she narrates the daily interactions with her captor and fellow slaves, it becomes clear to the reader that this is not the romance of rape that has weighed heavily in historic portrayals of the Iliad. The infamous quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon over her features as the event that drives the story, but this book is primarily a character sketch meant to parallel feminist issues that women still face some three thousand years later.
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