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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and, because of that, i think i now prefer reimaginings, rather than faithful retellings, which is what this book is. I don't want to dwell on comparing the two, though I did feel Daughters of Sparta was, perhaps, done with a greater commitment to historical detail. Yes, she intersects them at the end, but it is so brief that it does feel like enough justification for her presence. A few description of the weather, the palace pillars, palace floors, maybe people around them, and tada, scene's done. Nitpicky, I know, just something I noticed, yet which, of course, did not take away from the overall telling of the tale.

Life is rarely kind to the women in Greek tragedies as they live in fear of either the whims of the gods or of men.Jennifer Saint, thanks to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, read Classical Studies at King’s College, London. Nevertheless, I wanted to read this if only for my love of mythology and I am glad that I did despite this not being as good as the author's previous book. Choosing to include Cassandra meant that although the book isn’t centred on depicting the Trojan war like novels such as The Silence of the Girls, she was still able to give it time to impactfully create a context and background for the psyche of her characters, adding to the nuance of their choices. The only issue I have is that there have been many of retellings featuring Troy and Clytemnestra/Helen recently and so nothing particularly new came to light of me. There is a certain amount of repetition but given that each of the narrators tells the story from different vantage points, nowhere did I lose interest.

I found Elektra really hard to sympathise with at times- she is a selfish character and her empathy for others is hardly there. It's a story about women in a patriarchal world with little power, trying to claw their way to some kind of agency in their own lives, only to find themselves caught in a cursed cycle of violence, trauma, revenge, and familial harm. I loved (while I hated) every second of walking through their grief and seeing all the different ways one deals with it.None of the women's stories were a disappointment, and therefore, none of the chapters became boring. Though they had more agency than they do in the myths, they lacked any real complexity after the start of the Trojan War. It was competent enough, and as I was reading it, at least through the halfway point, I kept thinking it was OKAY, assiduously so, but something was bothering me. Thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review. 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).

Her second novel, ELEKTRA, comes out in 2022 and is another retelling of Greek mythology told in the voices of the women at the heart of the ancient legends. Patroklus’ death is presented as a major moment even though he is never mentioned before dying, and Achilles himself never actually appears in person. After the battle of Troy, Agamemnon (who let’s face it, we all dislike very much) claims her as his war prize and takes her back to Mycenae like the absolute dick he is. First, the positives: Saint's interpretation of Clytemnestra is, by far, the best modern interpreration to date (imo).Beautifully written, cinematic in its scope and highly compelling ; I flew through its pages and missed it immensely when it was over. 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. I know Saint's just following the original text, but my GOD does Elektra get exhausting after a while. It attempted to cover so much ground but none of it contained depth or was written in a way that made me feel for any of the characters (ok a tiny bit for Clytemnestra). On the other hand, though, there are moments where Saint is clearly asking the readers to bring their own existing knowledge.

interest was also mainly in the second half of the book, and completely absorbed me at the end with a more than satisfying ending as the characters wrestle with their moral dilemma and thirst for revenge because that was what tradition dictated.I’m so very excited for Atalanta, mostly because my girl needs a lot more stories than what she has. The criticism I do have however, is that I missed the Greek tragedy and there was plenty of incidents, events, deaths, and curses to create the prefect atmosphere and build new drama, but the author did not quite get it right with the atmosphere, drama and sense of theatre we get from the writing. I’m less familiar with the stories of heroes than gods, and I’ve never actually read The Iliad (I know, I know) so the main stories in Elektra were only peripherally familiar to me. For readers who are familiar with the Classics and/or enjoy the plethora of retellings revolving around the Trojan War, it should not surprise you that there is not much about the Trojan War itself in the retellings that will strike you as completely new.

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