I love the concept of this book – which is exactly why I picked it up in the first place. We all know the story of Troy. The battle fought and the lives lost. The famous men who fought bravely before perishing and the scandalous woman who inspired so much death. This concept of ‘the aftermath’ is so alluring.
Not just what happened to the city after the war ended but, more specifically, what happened to the women? We know what happened to most of the men. They died. But what of the women of Troy? The women of Greece? The goddesses watching from afar?
Natalie Haynes’ A Thousand Ships is a heavy read, but it is also a beautiful one. Somehow Haynes managed to make reading about the death, depression, and devastation of all these women a poetic experience. Pick up this book and you will be sure to find a refreshing all-female perspective. We see the men’s actions but we feel the women’s emotions for what they are: raw, powerful and absolute.
This is a book which is unquestionably needed. The subdued women of this story have a voice, thanks to Natalie Haynes! This book is undeniable. It will open your eyes to the aftermath of this legendary war, shedding light on all the fallout, horror and torment that has been shrouded behind the shadow of a wooden horse. ~ Bronwyn xo