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  • The Silence of the Girls - a review

    Women have, historically, gotten the short end of the stick. The Hellenic culture was not different. Women would become slaves, be raped, tortured, killed. This book is The Iliad told from the women's point of view. Besides showing how it could have been like for the women of a conquered city, it also provides a less ethereal/hero-god complex outlook of The Iliad's male characters. Definitely, a must read.

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  • A compelling read

    An intersting take on an old story, told from a womans perspective. I enjoyed it.

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  • One of this century's great books

    The brutal realities behind the hero myths are exposed in this brilliantly written retelling of the story of Achilles, Hector et al. Pat Barker skirts the edges of the more supernatural elements of Homer's original but her wonderfully detailed narrative exposes the harsh truths of all warfare - butchery, infanticide, despoliation on a grand scale and the wholesale rape and commodification of women. The Ancient Greek army in this depiction bears more of a resemblance to the SS than to a company of heroes. Pat Barker's books always present a view of our history that is unflinching in its exposure of the actual horror show it really is, and this work is no exception.

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  • The silence of the Girls

    Absolutely brilliant - I read The Anger of Achilles many years ago and this fills in all the women gaps and more!

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  • Aanrader

    Mooie invalshoek op een bekend verhaal. Prachtig geschreven, geloofwaardige karakters.

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