Natalie Haynes: A Thousand Ships



Sometimes it feels as if my hearts only purpose is to beat for reek mythology and this book is a Lehrbuch Der Physiologie gift straight from zeus himself toive me life this retelling of the trojan war including the actions that lead up to it and the conseuences that followed is uite refreshing whilst classic myths tell about the Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. glory and conuests of men this focuses on the often overlooked presence of women elegantly written from the narration of calliope theoddess of epic poetry the reader is Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes given a uniue perspective that is often ignored as calliope answers the pleas of a poet she provides a compilation of the many womenoddesses reeks and trojans alike whose lives were affected by the war and although this isnt told in chronological order but rather an anthology of stories the narrative is uite exceptional the writing provides such a vivid characterisation that even in the shortest of chaptersstories i felt so connected to the womenthis is a must read for fans of reek mythology especially those looking for a new perspective of a classic story 45 stars Third read of the 2020 Women s Prize for Fiction longlist DNF at page 57 This is a slight improvement on the 2019 Women s Prize longlist nominee on the Trojan War The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker which claimed to offer a female perspective on the war but was ultimately dominated by the viewpoint of its male characters Natalie Haynes honors the women raising their voices to provide a broader perspective on the war and its aftermath She flits from one woman to the next introducing the perspective of five different women in the first fifty pages with additional female characters to follow Narrative perspective shifts from first to third person Some chapters follow a linear path while others fade in and out of the past and present This leaping about narratively and through time YARN Essentials gives the book a uality of being patchwork and frenetic disjointed The systematic checking off of each woman s perspective minimizes character development And while Haynes writing is pretty it lacks emotional depth further distancing the reader To nominate another book on the Trojan War suggests a book that s better than last year s nominee To a slight degree Haynes has accomplished that particularly in her first person narrative following Calliope s conflict with a certain poet but there s not enough of a distinction from last year s disappointing nominee not enough new being brought to the table to stir feelings of adoration or awe Verdict A Thousand Ships is too succinct and detached to warrant pushing through The women were waiting on the shoreazing blank eyed at the sea The tang of dried reen seaweed and bent brown reed stalks fought against the stench of smoke which filled their clothes and matted hair After two days the Greeks were finally completing their systematic looting of the blackened city and as the women waited to find out who they now belonged to they huddled around their ueen as though her last embers might keep them warm I find it extraordinary that a classicist can claim that the women from the Trojan cycle are forgotten ignored hidden As if all those Athenian plays built around the figures and words of the w Longlisted for the 2020 Women s Prize for Fiction45 StarsThis is another retelling of the Trojan War The novel covers events which happened before and during Homer s two epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey However with this retelling we have something which has not been done before The story is told from the female characters perspective Be they mortals ueens or ods all the characters are female with the male characters taking a back seatThe story begins with the sacking of Troy The Greeks last ditch effort the trick that spawned the saying beware Greeks bearing Black on Blonde gifts the Trojan Horse has worked and the Greeks are within the walls raping and pillaging Frustrations of ten long years of fighting being taken out on the people of TroyThe very first chapter belongs to Calliope the muse who is refusing to help Homer compose his epic poem She will not help him until she receives an offering as all mortals must do This is one of my favourite parts of the novel Calliope will pop up again and again following Homer as he composes his poem Yes in aenius stroke Haynes takes Homer out of the narrative replacing him with Calliope the chief of all the muses and epic poetry ensuring that the story being told from the female perspective begins right from the startHaynes The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece gives voices to characters who are integral to the original tale and yet almost neverot to open their mouths in the original poems Characters such as Briseis and Chryseis Without these two women there would have been no plague Achilles would not have withdrawn his forces from the war Patroclus would not have taken his place etc these two women in the original poem are vital characters without a voiceThe structure of the narrative is very similar to Colleen McCullough s retelling Song of Troy in that each chapter is devoted to one character and their perspective There are a number of chapters however entitled The Trojan Women and in these chapters we find the royal women of Troy Priam s wife and daughters Hector s wife waiting to find out their fateAbout half the novel is devoted to Penelope Odysseus wife writing letters to him waiting and longing for his return She learns through Homer s poems the trials that Odysseus is American Nietzsche going through and his struggles while Penelope struggles to believe the poets words we find what it is like for her waiting twenty years for Odysseus to return to her Haynes shines a light on her painAt times the novel feels almost like an anthology of Greek myths and the narrative is not chronological with chapters weaving back and forth However they are all brilliantly connected and the reader never loses their way In fact Haynes has done a marvellous job placing the various chapters in the order they are Even somebody who has never read Homer would find it difficult toet lostI do believe that lovers of Homer and his epic poems will Art, Culture, and Cuisine get out of this novel but as with the other retellings I also think that this book will be enjoyable for all It may even convince some people to read the wonderful works of Homer 45 Stars I am conflicted This delivered what it set out to do which is an account of the Trojan war from a multitude of female perspectives My issue was that this is precisely what it did This was a retelling of the most straight up kind The perspectives were sometimes too brief for me toet a feel for the character behind it and others were dwelt on but never returned to so that I felt my Berlioz and His Century growing empathy severed before it had a chance to plant its roots I appreciate Haynes for delivering this story but ultimately my adoration with the concept was not enough to keep me fulfilled by its narrative structure There are so many ways of telling a war the entire conflict can be encapsulated in just one incident One man s anger at the behaviour of another say A whole war all 10 years of it might be distilled into that But this is the women s war just as much as it is the men s and the poet will look upon their pain the pain of the women. “With her trademark passion wit and fierce feminism Natalie Haynesives much needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War” Madeline Miller author of CirceShortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction a orgeous retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the many women involved in its causes and conseuences for fans of Madeline MillerThis is the women’s war just as much as

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O Haynes believes must be the Muse in the opening line of Homer s Odyssey to Homer as she forces him to consider an alternative history Homer is not actually named in Haynes text just of course as the Muse is not named by Homer and this small detail ets to the heart of Haynes aim here which is to focus the story on the true or at least eual heroes of the Trojan War the suffering women of Troy the women of Greece waiting years for their husbands or sons to return Even here as the aside reference to Helen shows she tries to ive eual prominence to female characters mentioned only in passing in the classical sources as to those much better knownThe book skips between the stories of these characters mainly told in a third party point of view style There are also three sets of recurring chapters Calliope s comments on her interactions with the writer which effectively serve as an opportunity for Haynes to review the previous set of chapter since Calliope last spoke and expand on her themes and ideas These sections are in my view the strongest of the book And would he really have overlooked Laodamia as so many poets have before him A woman who lost so much so young deserves something even if it s just to have her story told Doesn t she There are so many ways of telling a war the entire conflict can be encapsulated in just one incident One man s anger at the behaviour of another say A whole war all ten years of it might be distilled into that But this is the women s war just as much as it is the men s and the poet will look upon their pain the pain of the women who have always been relegated to the edges of the story victims of men survivors of men slaves of men and he will tell it or he will tell nothing at all They have waited long enough for their turn And for what reason Too many men telling the stories of men to each other Do they see themselves reflected in the lory of Achilles Do their ageing bodies feel strong when they describe his youth Is the fat belly of a feasted poet reminiscent of the hard muscles of Hector The idea is absurd And yet there must be some reason why they tell and retell tales of men If he complains to me again I will ask him this is Oenone less of a hero than Menelaus He loses his wife so he stirs up an army to bring her back to him costing countless lives and creating countless widows orphans and slaves Oenone loses her husband and she raises their son Which of those is the heroic act A progressive narrative The Trojan Women Hecabe and her family including Cassandra who I found one of the most compelling characters wait on the shore while Troy burns as the Greeks divide their spoils including the women and their children These sections often serve to Charting an Empire give a narrative structure to the story and to introduceset up other chapters An epistolary series Penelope s unanswered letters to Odyssey as she wonders why he has still not returned and recounts the stories she is hearing from the bards of his adventures and escapades These sections are played somewhat for laughs Penelope often incredulous at what she is hearing despite it exactly matching the Odyssey as we know it eg Cyclops Circe Scylla and Charybdis I found this a high risk strategy by Haynes we know from her other work that she is areat believer in the Classics and in the importance of people reading them but this approach seemed to me to run the risk of showing exactly why we should not read them by pointing out their Colored Property general preposterousness And I think it s aamble which does not entirely pay off I kept thinking that the author a renowned comedian would make of these sections than she actually doesThe other chapters are largely self contained chapters focusing on one or a small number of characters these characters include Greeks Trojans recent Gods the Aphrodite Hera Athene chapter on The Judgment of Paris is a particular strong point and a favourite of the authors and the ancient Gods Haynes subscribes to the theory that Eris s missed wedding induced insertion of a Desire and Truth golden apple designed to create her signature strife between the three aforementioned Godesses was actually a plot by Themis and Zeus of course in her telling the invention of the formerThree asides here This latter story matches the opening uote tracing back the cause of the war past Paris s abduction of Helen back via the Judgement of Paris via the actions of Eris to their really originating cause The book alsooes many years past the war in the story of Andromache In what I think is pretty well the only area where Haynes departs from any classical source although even here I may be incorrect and have just not found the reference and adds instead of a deliberate contemporarytopical link Themis and Zeus are motivated by the need to thin out the ranks of mankind as Gaia is finding it too hard to carry the weight of mankind and their expansion When deciding how to kill of some of mankind and in what is clearly a completely accidental topical link Themis and Zeus reject plague as Too inexact Sometimes it just picks off the old who would be dead soon anyway The issue with these chapters though is that due both to their sheer number and brevity I feel that in many cases the author does not really capture the voice or character of the chapter s subject Too many of the chapters I felt ended up reading like expanded Wikipedia entries running through the basic story and often to be honest just recounting the normal men s story just observed by a woman Two classic cases and which link to other recent books are The chapter on Briseis and Chryseis which almost reads like a plot summary of The Silence of The Girls but without the latter s clever deliberate anachronisms although also without its misjudged switch to male viewpoint The chapter on Iphengia which echoes the opening of Colm Toibin s House of Names in which we wait to see how the horror of her fate The Exiles Gallery gradually unfolds on her only to find its in a single paragraph And then she saw thelint of her father s knife in the morning sun and she understood everything in a rush as though a Dislocating China god had put the words into her mind The treacherous stillness in the air was divinely sent Artemis had been affronted by something her father had done and now she demanded a sacrifice or the ships would not sail So there would be no marriage no husband for Iphigenia Not today and not ever Overall I think this book works very well as a female centric survey of and intrroduction to the Greek legends and hence I think succeeds exactly on the basis on which it was formulated and written I was less convinced of it as a piece of literature and would rank behind both Pat Barker and Madeline Miller s books which were longlisted for last year s prize it was nevertheless enjoyable And I have sung of the women the women in the shadows I have sung of the forgotten the ignored the untold I have picked up the old stories and I have shaken them until the hidden women appear in plain sight I have celebrated them in song because they have waited long enough Just as I promised him this was never the story of one woman or two It was the story of all of them My thanks to Picador for an ARC via NetGalley. Who fought Achilles on their behalf to Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus to the threeoddesses whose feud started it all these are the stories of the women whose lives loves and rivalries were forever altered by this long and tragic war A woman’s epic powerfully imbued with new life A Thousand Ships puts the women Childerley girls andoddesses at the center of the Western world’s reat tale ever to.

Who have always been relegated to the edges of the story victims of men survivors of men slaves of men and he will tell it or he will tell nothing at all They have waited long enough for their turnAnd for what reason Too many men telling the stories of men to each other Do they see themselves reflected in the lory of Achilles Do their ageing bodies feel strong when they describe his youth Is the fat belly of a feasted poet reminiscent of the hard muscles of Hector The idea is absurd And yet there must be some reason why they tell and retell tales of menIf he complains to me again I will ask him this is Oenone less of a hero than Menelaus He loses his wife so he stirs up an army to bring her back to him costing countless lives and creating countless windows orphans and slaves Oenone loses her husband and she raises their son Which of those is the heroic actThis book is the book that Pat Barker s The Silence of the Girls strived to be It Cruelty and Laughter gives an authentic voice to the stories of all the women affected by the Trojan war be theyoddess nymph Trojan or Greek and doesn t randomly switch to a male PoV which was the major flaw of Barker s book I thought considering its title that is At times here the prose is a little dry I wish it had something of Pat Barker s rawness of emotion but the narrative is woven in such an ingenious fashion and the stories of each woman so punchy that the sometimes dry prose can be forgiven I loved how the chapters were almost like little connected vignettesvery reminiscent of Ovid s Metamorphoses to me The research Cop Knowledge gone into character development and creating an overarching plot connecting all these women is truly fabulous I love how not all the women are perfect snowflakes either They re flawed andritty full of their own prejudices and therefore feel all the realI really wish that there was fuss about this book It fully deserves to share the spotlight with modern Greek mythology retellings such as the aforementioned The Silence of the Girls and the marvellous House of Names Circe The Song of Achilles and the much lauded Penelopiad which I think is possibly the most overrated Greek retelling I ve had the displeasure to read Highly recommended to anyone who loves Greek retellings For reviews and book related chat check out my blog I feel I would have enjoyed this book if I knew less of the source material Now a lot of the short chapters feel like a retelling or even an infodump than truly a stand alone story with fully realized characters Survivors victims perpetrators these roles are not always separate People can be wounded and wounding at the same time or at different times in the same lifeA Thousand Ships starts of with poetic visions of what razing a city means fires so bright that people and birds awake from an illusion of sun Natalie Haynes intends to Cultural Aesthetics give voices to the females involved often victim of the war for Troy and the subseuent events Sometimes her approach feels almost fan fiction like I found it strangely satisfactory to finally understand how the wooden horse entered Troy and how weot the Laocoon roup but in the end following all the threads shows a lot of the events must just be attributed to divine interventions and an anachronistic Malthusian view the Greek Pantheon supposedly had towards humansFor the Trojan Women known from Euripides his work the Greek are barbarians showing how much history is written by victors This sentence at the end of the book reinforces that messaging He is learning that in any war the victors may be destroyed as completely as the vanuished They still have their lives but they have iven up everything else in order to keep them They sacrifice what they do not realize they have until they have lost it And so the man who can win the war can only rarely survive the peaceDespite their stories being known as said already Euripides already in antiuity lifted their fates from The Iliad the level of brutality towards the conuered is unsettling With children being thrown from the city walls and Andromache being forced to bed the responsible man who is the son of the man who killed her husband Hector as a sad highlight Also the life of Cassandra blessed with foresight and cursed by never being believed is terrible and raises uestions of predestination and free will Hekabe being a badass to the Thracian king in chapter 28 is nice as wellI uite liked the recurring postmodern complaints from muze Calliope in respect to Homer but in Descartes and His Contemporaries general I feel that 43 chapters in a book not much above 300 pages did not help withiving the stories of all the women involved emotional High Tide at Midnight gravitas Sentences like these from someone you only follow for 10 pages feel a bit empty I llrief for my family when I am alone What if you never areHow the Education and Equality gods are depicted alsorated why is Athena a whiny little irl in this rendition of the verdict of Paris Apollo COVID 19ying the Greeks for revenge felt kind of interesting but Eris for instance was a walking cliche of a revenge and envy driven characterIn the end I feel Margaret Atwood her The Penelopiad and House of Names by Colm T ib n and even The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller do a better job of reimagining the source material that in itself is already very rich than the fragmentary and sometimes almost infodump like approach of A Thousand ShipsI found the audiobook narration by the author delightful and love the cover of the book but in the end this was a 25 star read for meuotes I enjoyed Even in war there are rules Our losses will be shared she said You should save your sorrow for yourself She curved beneath her dress like a dolphin or a seal arcing through the surface of the waterWaiting is the cruelest thing that I ever endured like bereafment without certaintySome things don t reuires wisdom just eyesThemis preferred statements to uestionsThis seems to be so extravagantly unlikely I almost believe it s true Looks like female orientated classical retellings are continuing into 2019 and you will not see me arguing with this delightful trend at allllll ARC received in exchange for an honest review 35 starsA Thousand Ships is an epic undertaking tackling not only The Trojan War but it s long and drawn out aftermath all told from the women s perspective Always there ever present this is their story From slave to ueen to oddess this is how they all became involved in the mighty Trojan War and what befell them Now published in paperback I m not offering him the story of one woman during the Trojan War I m offering him the story of all the women in the war Well most of them I haven t decided about Helen yet She Dangerous Work gets on my nerves I miving him the chance to see the war from both ends how it was caused and how its conseuences played out I read this book due to its longlisting for the 2020 Women s Prize for which it has now been shortlistedI had already been drawn to it by my enjoyment of other female viewpoint retellings of connected events such as Silence of the Girls and Circe both of which I enjoyed the author s excellent chairing of the 2019 Booker shortlist readingsThe opening uote to my review sets out the basis of the book and is spoken by Calliope wh. T is the men’s They have waited long enough for their turn This was never the story of one woman or two It was the story of them all In the middle of the night a woman wakes to find her beloved city engulfed in flames Ten seemingly endless years of conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over Troy has fallenFrom the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks to the princess.

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Natalie Haynes author of THE FURIES THE AMBER FURY in the UK is a graduate of Cambridge University and an award winning comedian journalist and broadcaster She judged the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and was a judge for the final Orange Prize in 2012 Natalie was a regular panelist on BBC2’s Newsnight Review Radio 4’s Saturday Review and the long running arts show Front Row She is a guest c