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The women of Troy, a novel, Pat Barker

Summary
A feminist retelling of The Iliad. Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war--including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean; it does not come, because the gods are offended. The body of King Priam lies unburied and desecrated, and so the victors remain in suspension, camped in the shadows of the city they destroyed as the coalition that held them together begins to unravel. Old feuds resurface and new suspicions and rivalries begin to fester. Largely unnoticed by her captors, the one time Trojan queen Briseis, formerly Achilles's slave, now belonging to his companion Alcimus, quietly takes in these developments. She forges alliances when she can, with Priam's aged wife the defiant Hecuba and with the disgraced soothsayer Calchas, all the while shrewdly seeking her path to revenge
Language
eng
Literary Form
novels
Copyright
Edition
First edition.
Physical Description
284 pages, 25 cm
Isbn
9780385546690

Library Locations

  • Billerica Public Library

    15 Concord Road, Billerica, MA, 01821, US
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