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A Thousand Ships

by Natalie Haynes

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A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
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    Jan 2021, 368 pages
    Oct 2021, 368 pages


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A Thousand Ships stands out in a rising sea of Greek retellings by taking a kaleidoscopic approach to its narrative and exploring the impact of war on ordinary people.

Recent years have seen a trend in reinventions of Greek myths and legends, some from the perspectives of women. Novels like Madeline Miller's Circe and Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls have done wonders for fleshing out and adding dimension to the library of stories from ancient Greece that we have been telling and retelling for centuries. We have even been gifted a fresh translation of the Odyssey by Emily Wilson, the first-ever rendering of Homer's epic into English to be completed by a woman. Now, classicist Natalie Haynes makes a dynamic and important addition to this library with her novel A Thousand Ships.

While Circe and The Silence of the Girls take overlooked women characters — from the Odyssey and Iliad respectively — and add weight and perspective to their stories, Haynes opts for a different approach here. And it is this approach that ultimately allows A ...

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