Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE

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Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE

Elektra: No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of ARIADNE

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Saint creates a sense of complete and utter dread that builds and builds until the truth is revealed.

i think because there have been sooo many greek mythology retellings over the past couple of years, especially when it comes to the illiad, my enjoyment has become a little diminished due to how similar they are all. uk will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Jennifer Saint, thanks to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, read Classical Studies at King’s College, London. I’ve heard the most about The Women of Troy, but she’s written The Silence of the Girls as well, which is about Briseis (the woman that Agamemnon and Achilles squabble over). Cassandra, daughter of King Priam of Troy and Hecabe , blessed with prophetic vision that nobody believes, her warnings and pleas fall on deaf ears as Troy falls.The author is brilliant in her portrayal of the strong emotions and complexities in these women- Clytemnestra’s rage and agony, Cassandra’s innocence, despair and frustration and Elektra’s loyalty, anger and desire for revenge. However, instead of focusing on the male heroes who usually helm such tales, Saint instead tells the story through the lens of three women: Agamemnon’s wife Clytemnestra, their daughter Elektra, and Apollo’s cursed prophetess Cassandra. But the beauty of Jennifer Saint’s Elektra lies in how the author chooses to highlight the perspectives of the women from these stories as told from their different vantage points. I’m so very excited for Atalanta, mostly because my girl needs a lot more stories than what she has. This manages to recontextualize events and choices in terms of family relationships, motherhood, and trauma.

Her drowning, never-ending grief was portrayed so well, her fierce love for her children felt so tangible that it felt like *I* lost people beloved to me as well. Jennifer Saint also wrote the death of Iphigenia with so much sadness from the point of view of Clytemnestra, that you are grieving with her (this is the scene that made me cry). Jennifer Saint grew up reading Greek mythology and was always drawn to the untold stories hidden within the myths. I have always felt a great deal for Cassandra given the nature of her curse as well as her fate following the Fall of Troy. Frankly Agamemnon doesn’t really seem to be worthy of the adoration and loyalty that Elektra demonstrates, especially given the fate of her sister.I would not hesitate to recommend this to those with a fondness for feminist retellings of stories from the Greek myths. CassandraPrincess of Troy, and cursed by Apollo to see the future but never to be believed when she speaks of it. I love the way Jennifer Saint re-tells Greek mythology while centering the experiences of women rather than men. Yes, she intersects them at the end, but it is so brief that it does feel like enough justification for her presence. We all know the story, the curse of House of Atreus, fratricide, sacrificing daughter; a long war that began in the name of only one woman; and the prophecy for the seventh child of Queen Hecabe.

Thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review. I can’t quite tell if the intended audience is people who are just getting into mythology or people who already know it well.I was not impressed by the writing and as another reviewer put it, it was “a mile wide and two feet deep”. Thank you Netgalley and Headline for sending me an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I could understand her anger at her mother, but the way she was ready to sacrifice her brother to those horrible creatures, leave her best friend/husband who's been NOTHING but supportive and kind and patient with her, not sympathize with the other thousands of people who also had someone dear to them killed because of the war and NOT TO MENTION HER SISTER IPHIGENIA WHO WAS MURDERED all for a man who BARELY gave her any attention in the first place, the only meaningful interaction with the 2 of them is him giving her an ugly-ass dagger and . I wanted no Trojan soldier to take what was mine; no glory-seeking warrior to seize his chance of fame by plunging his sword into Agamemnon’s heart Let him come back, I hissed into the empty sky. to have been kidnapped by Agamemnon because the place she lives in now is so pretty and a palace like the one Cassandra grew up in and how being raped by a king (especially one like her fantastic father) is such an honor.



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