The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker is a retelling of the Illiad through the eyes of Briseis.. Briseis was the mythical queen of Lyrnessus at the time of the Trojan War. She was trapped in the city as the Greeks ransacked the city. She saw Achilles, the most brutal of men, kill her husband and sons. She is taken prisoner and given to Achilles as a prize by The Army for the victory.
Briseis is now a slave and life is not pleasant in the camp. There is rape, humiliation and brutality as women are treated as worthless possessions and once the ‘owner’ is tired of them they are passed around the soldier. It is an atmospheric, and at times brutal, read and brings to life the miserable existence of women of that time. I can thoroughly recommend it.
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