The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; Country by Michael Hughes – reviews

Pat Barker’s gripping contemporary take on The Iliad and Michael Hughes’s resetting of the tale during the Troubles offer different pleasures

In The Iliad, the Greek siege of Troy runs aground when Agamemnon, the general behind the attack, falls out with his most prized warrior, Achilles, over which of them best deserves the beautiful young Trojan queen Briseis as a spoil of war.

The question of her view on the matter – lost amid the testosterone – sets Pat Barker’s imagination ablaze in The Silence of the Girls, a stunning return to form after a series of so-so novels on her more usual beat of wartime Britain.

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Source: theguardian
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker; Country by Michael Hughes – reviews