Welcome all to Day 2 of the 3 Days 3 Quotes tag! As before, thanks to Andrea @ Andrea’s Nirvana for tagging me. She has a lovely blog with a distinctive writing style, so do check it out if you haven’t already!
For the second day I’m going with a quote from this shocking and great book I read last week, The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. The novel is a retelling of the Iliad from the point of view of Briseis, the queen of one of Troy’s neighbouring cities turned a slave by the Greek invasion.
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This quote was a bit long to include in my review of The Silence of the Girls, which is why I’m sharing it here instead:
I thought: Suppose, suppose just once, once, in all these centuries, the slippery gods keep their word and Achilles is granted eternal glory in return for his early death under the walls of Troy…? What will they make of us, the people of those unimaginably distant times? One thing I do know: they won’t want the brutal reality of conquest and slavery. They won’t want to be told about the massacres of men and boys, the enslavement of women and girls. They won’t want to know we were living in a rape camp. No, they’ll go for something altogether softer. A love story, perhaps? I just hope they manage to work out the lovers were.
His story. His, not mine. It ends at his grave.
As you might be able to tell, it’s a really dark book. Briseis stands out for her scathing candour–she narrates her story in a very matter of fact but perceptive tone, knowing that she can’t change anything and determined to tell all. I highly recommend it for anyone who’s a fan of Greek mythology or subtle feminist retellings.
Have you read or thought of reading The Silence of the Girls? Whether you have or not, what do you think about the quote? Personally I love it, especially as it comes at the very end of the novel and serves as a cheeky allusion to/jab at various modern depictions that glamorise the Trojan War. Whatever thoughts you may have about this tag or today’s quote, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
As always, no pressure to do the tag–but on the other hand, if you haven’t been tagged but want to take on the challenge, go for it! I’ll see you tomorrow for the final day of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag.
Thanks for reading! ❤