Wondrous Words and Can’t Wait Wednesday : The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : The Women of Troy by Pat Barker (I loved The Silence of the Girls by the same author.)

TheWomenofTroyFrom the Booker Prize-winning Pat Barker, author of The Silence of the Girls (“An important, powerful, memorable book” –Emily Wilson, translator of The Odyssey), a retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of the women who endured it

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’ mistress, 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.

Expected publication : June 2021


This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and has now been adopted by Elza Reads.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.

No rules just enjoy and for further info check out Elza Reads.

I’ve not made a note of any particular words this week but instead I’m taking inspiration from the title of a recent book – A Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop.

This week I’m looking at collective nouns:

‘In linguistics, a collective noun is a collection of things taken as a whole. Most collective nouns in everyday speech are not specific to one kind of thing, such as the word “group”, which can be applied to people or dogs or other things. ‘

A Murder of Crows originated in the fifteenth century during which time it became popular to give ‘poetic’ collective nouns for groups of animals and birds, for example a gaggle of geese or a pride of lions.  The noun was usually a reflection of the perceived qualities of the animal/bird, etc.  Crows were associated with death.  They are scavengers and so would often congregate at the site of death, such as battlefields, and so became known as harbingers or omens of death.  Crows were also, in folklore, believed to sit in judgement of other crows, gathering together to decide the fate for one that had committed wrongs.



18 Responses to “Wondrous Words and Can’t Wait Wednesday : The Women of Troy by Pat Barker”

  1. claudiarachel

    Yes, can’t wait for this either. Did you enjoy Circe by Madeleine Miller?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hi. I’ve not read Circe – I do have a copy, just need to make time. I read her Achilles book and enjoyed it and loved The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker so I was very excited to see this one.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Greek myths and a quest for revenge: this sounds like the perfect recipe for an amazing book! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, right. It sounds so good and I loved this author’s Silence of the Girls.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mareli Thalwitzer

    HI there Lynn! I love the sound of Women of Troy, I used to love the old Greek plays and mythology. I’m going to check it out.

    Yea for Collective Nouns! Love it! And I love the background info you gave on a Murder of Crows.

    Thanks so much for taking part in WWW! Mine is up on the blog.

    Elza Reads

    • @lynnsbooks

      I read the author’s previous book, Silence of the Girls, which was really good so I can’t wait to get the opp to pick this one up.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    Collective nouns are fun, my husband is always making up his own, lol.

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s cool – I should try that. A blogosphere of bibliophiles. Okay, I can do better.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Never read Pat Barker, though I did notice that one pop up on NetGalley earlier in the week and was curious!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed Silence of the Girls so I definitely want to read this one.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Greg

    Oh wow- I didn’t know about the women of Troy!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha, yes, exactly, I think that’s the authors exact feelings and probably why she decided to give them a spot in the limelight.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Lexlingua

    Those crows are definitely the cleverest birds. I think I read several Aesop’s fables/ animal stories about crows winning the say!

    And Women of Troy is on my radar too, one of the blogs I follow is a huge Greek mythology fan and she kindly pointed it out. But June is many months away. 😦

    ~ Lex

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, clever crows – they get a bad rap really.
      I read Pat Barker before, Silence of the Girls, which I really enjoyed, so this is a must have for me.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    Oh yippee! I’ve been sitting here, feeling a bit dreadful – and then read about The Women of Troy – I LOVED The Silence of the Girls and I’m thrilled that there is to be a sequel. So I’ve requested it – fingers crossed:))). Thank you so much for sharing it. I also LOVE that cover!

    And as for collective nouns – aren’t they a joy? My particular favourite are a smuck of jellyfish and a murmuration of starlings…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I was so excited when I saw this – even if I’m not approved for a copy I will be buying it asap. I also loved Silence of the Girls and can’t wait for more.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh, for sure! Like you, if I don’t get approved for this one, I’ll definitely be buying a copy:))

  9. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Love the cover and it sounds really good. Great choice!

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