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Puredragonstar
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This was a difficult book to get through. Not because it was bad but because of the topic involved. There is a saying that history is written by the victors. This book is written from the view of the losers women, which is such an under utilized view of the greatest wars in history. I highly recommend this novel, I listened to it on audiobook and the narrator was fantastic. 🙂👌🏻👏🏻

CoverToCoverGirl I‘m hoping to listen to this one I the next couple of weeks, your review makes me impatient to get to it! Great to hear that the narrator is so good. 2d
readingjedi I read this recently and thought it was excellent. 2d
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jenniferw88
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Dear @Hufflepuffle
Thank you so much for the #winterswap package - I'm looking forward to everything!

Also thanks to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @TheBookHippie fororganising!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!!! 🎉🙌🏻🎊📚 1w
decaturmamaof2 This is SUCH a great book! 7d
Hufflepuffle I‘m sorry it took me so long to properly respond, yesterday was manic. I am so glad you liked it! 💜 Thank you so much for mine! I can‘t wait to read that book!!!! 6d
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ajewel7
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I adored this book! I love how brave and beautiful this story is. One of my favorites I have read this year.

bookandbedandtea I adored this book. Welcome to litsy! 1w
ajewel7 Thank you so much! I don't know why I never knew of this before. I am loving it! 1w
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ManyWordsLater
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Such a good day.

Can‘t believe I found on the come up and the silence of the girls.

Now what do I bring on my thanksgiving travels??!

#readharder

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readingjedi
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I love retellings of myths, I love anything to do with Greece, Ancient or otherwise and I loved The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. So this book is very much my thing & I was excited to compare & contrast to Miller's work. And well, wow. While I did not find it quite as luminously imaginative and evocative as Miller's novel, boy did it pack a brutal punch! While Miller had me gooey eyed over dreamboat Achilles & his oh so romantic ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ....affair with loverboy Patroclus, Barker rips away the veneer and presents Achilles as a murdering psychopath! Not so touching now! The story of Breseis & the Trojan women is harrowing & heart rending - their fate to beused as prizes to be slaves and concubines. While I loved Miller's romantic hero, this presentation feels more real, closer to the reality of war & women's place in it. Brutal, bloody and brilliant. 2w
Tamra I really enjoyed it too! 2w
cjk I liked it as well. Definitely different in tone from the Song of Achilles. I agree that it a more real depiction of war, and women‘s place in it. 2w
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ElisabethRose
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So I read this not too long after reading Song of Achilles and I think it was really interesting to see two different author's perspectives on Achilles. While Miller seems to romantise the war and write something more akin to a love story, Barker isn't afraid to show the hideousness and gory details of the war. She doesn't pull any punches on her descriptions of sickness, injuries, and general (lack) if hygiene. I loved seeing the differences.

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RowReads1
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Lynsey40
The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Finished! Absolutely Brilliant! Highly recommend!

sprainedbrain One of my all-time favorite books. ❤️ 1mo
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GatheringBooks
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#SoaringScores Day 28: This retelling of #TheBattle of the Trojan War is told from the perspective of vanquished Queen Briseis. Thruout, it was Briseis‘ voice that surfaced, a channeling and owning of grief that is stark but never overly-dramatized nor gratuitously violent. It was very matter-of-fact, sharp, incisive, & pierces a woman‘s spirit in a way that leaves a scar. My review of this unforgettable story - https://wp.me/pDlzr-k9T

Cinfhen I LOVED this one!!! I can read Greek Mythology retellings all day/ everyday 💜 1mo
CrowCAH Looks like they‘re playing Rock Paper Scissors! Lol 1mo
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jenniferw88
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Thank you @squirrelbrain for the book and bookmarks - I haven't read it yet! Expect a reply soon(ish!) #litsylove #jbuk

julesG Somehow this book reminds me of the Gladstone retreat. I'm not sure why though. Haven't read it yet, but maybe one of the ladies present had it with her. Or was it at Waterstones? @scripturient 1mo
scripturient @julesG We might have talked about this because I remember I bought this in Scotland a few weeks before we went to Gladstones. BTW, can you believe it‘s been a year that we signed up for the first retreat and here the second one is fast approaching. 😁 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh I‘m glad you haven‘t read it! I hope you enjoy... @julesG @scripturient - how time flies! 1mo
julesG @scripturient @squirrelbrain Looking forward to the next retreat. 1mo
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