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The Women of Troy par Pat Barker

The Women of Troy (édition 2021)

par Pat Barker

Séries: The Women of Troy (2)

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Titre:The Women of Troy
Auteurs:Pat Barker
Info:London: Hamish Hamilton
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Mots-clés:greco-roman, fiction, signed

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The Women of Troy par Pat Barker


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The walls of Troy have fallen and the renegade Helen is returned to her husband but all is not well. The Gods are offended and a howling gale means the Greeks cannot return home. The men are fighting each other and the women are slaves or prizes worth little. Briseis is pregnant with the child of Achilles but is married off to Alcimus, one of the Greek leaders, she must try to help the women of Troy as best she can, even though revenge is the order of the day.
The previous novel by Barker, The Silence of the Girls, was wonderful and this just carries on. Each women has her own story, her own destiny and her own way of surviving but together their narratives weave an alternative to the great end to the war. The trend for female re-imaginings of classical myths is showing no signs of abating but is also producing some amazing writing. This is a brilliant novelist at her best. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Dec 17, 2021 |
This excellent sequel to The Silence of the Girls continues the saga of the women of Troy in the aftermath of the war. Briseis, given to Achilles as a battle reward, has outlived him and his devoted friend Patroclus, and was made the wife of a Greek leader at the direction of the Greek hero before his death. This raises her status above that of the other Trojan women, most of who serve as slaves to the restless surviving Greek fighters, who await the changing of the wind that will send them home. The other narrator is Pyrrhus, the teenage son of Achilles, who has murdered Priam, King of Troy, in a most brutal manner and whose act is presumed responsible for the God-sent endless winds that disturb the camp. Surprisingly enough, there are no gods in this tale, and some of the company and the Trojan women lack belief in them at all. Cassandra, Hecuba, Helen, and the prophet Calchas all speak their truths and play their roles as the tragic chorus. This is a cornerstone of interpretation of the post-drama and aftermath of literally the most important conflict ever documented, as the author focuses on the stories that Homer and the Greek dramatists have neglected to tell.

Quote: "It was one of those moments that I think everyone experiences - and they don't have to be dramatic - when things begin to change; and you know there's no point ruminating about it, because thinking isn't going to help you understand. You're not ready to understand it yet; you have to live your way into the meaning." ( )
  froxgirl | Nov 19, 2021 |
Not as strong as her first book in the series, The Silence of the Girls, but still a wonderful imagining of what happens to the women left behind or captured in war. The Women of Troy takes place right after Rome has fallen to the Greeks. Instead of sailing back to their homes as victors, the Greeks are stuck on the beach as the gods punish them with horrible winds. Briseis, once a queen of Troy, then a slave bride of Achilles, is now forced to marry Alcimus. She is largely overlooked because she is a woman, but her life has drastically improved now that she is no longer a slave. Alcimus is a good man that doesn't force himself on her and for that she is grateful. Briseis spends her time trying to improve the lives of the slave women in her camp while also tracking down the former Trojan women who lived in the palace; Hecabe, Helen, Cassandra, and Andromache. With the exception of Cassandra, all are slaves forced into uncertain futures. As the Greek men get more frunk , belligerent, and angry as they are stranded on the shores of Trot - the atmosphere is like a powder keg. Could life get any worse for these women. Great for readers of Greek mythology. ( )
  ecataldi | Oct 20, 2021 |
Grounds mythic events in emotions and reactions recognisable to a modern reader. The purpose being to draw comparisons between these peoples lives and our own. And with recent events in Afghanistan, it’s easy to understand its point about the contingent nature of women’s rights; contingent that is on men’s wants, insecurities and vanities. Not that Barker is unsympathetic to her male characters, and we get to understand much of their unhappinesses too. The end of war is the end of the certainties that came with it; it’s certainly not an end to suffering or unfairness. ( )
  m_k_m | Sep 23, 2021 |
The Women of Troy (Hamish Hamilton) by Pat Barker continues the story of Briseis after the fall of Troy from the wonderful The Silence of the Girls, which was shortlisted for multiple awards. The books opens inside the Trojan Horse and sets the context for what follows. The Greeks have won the war but despite their treasures and spoils, they are becalmed on the beaches outside the city and can’t get home. The politics of the peace become as difficult as the battles that have been and gone. Briseis tries to endure while carrying the child of the deceased Achilles, by using her wits and brutally earned experience to win friends and influence others in the enemy camp, as their fragile society starts to disintegrate. The Gods are upset and something has to give… This book is out on August 26th and is as engaging as its predecessor – plenty of time to get up to speed before then and you won’t regret it. ( )
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