In 100 Words or Less

In One Word, The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker is…

Passable

  • Pushing normality on the worst situation in an effort to maintain sanity – very Handmaid’s Tale-ish.
  • Atwood-like flair is missing, though. It feels a little flat.
  • Shifts in POV are annoying – I know it’s just Brisesis guessing what Achilles is thinking but I want Brisesis’ story and hers alone.
  • Slow in the middle as we go through the motions of following Iliad canon.
  • Agamemnon can go die in a fire and have his ashes used to soak up the contents of a public toilet! Bring on Clytemnestra!
  • Briseis is named and yet she doesn’t feel as real as Offred.
  • Lot of stuff wrong with the Greek and Trojan thinking – the levels of misogyny is gruesome.
  • Ends on a rather low key and frustrating note.

Goodreads rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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