Categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Greek Myth Retelling
A Thousand Ships is a retelling of the Odyssey through the eyes of the women. The narrators are, ostensibly, Muses to whom a poet prays for inspiration. But each character gets their own chance to narrate, and stories that should not have been forgotten, are finally told.
This was so enchanting, beautiful and I devoured it in two sittings. A Thousand Ships is exactly what I hoped The Silence of the Girls would have been, and I am pleased that, despite my initial hesitation towards this book, it surprised me with how good it is!
I have one issue with it, which how the book treats Helen of Troy, who every character seems to despise but be entranced by – I understand why it’s done this way and it makes perfect sense within the context of the time and such, but I do wish she had gotten a few chapters of her own. I admire her so much , such a powerful character who got blamed far too much for the folly of men. Hence the 4-star rating instead of 5.
Otherwise, this was such a perfect read: it had the feeling of myth, it was touching, heartbreaking, sad but also witty and brave. I am partial to a story with petty gods and nymphs and adventure, but this is truly a wonderful book. You get really invested in each character’s story, which isn’t an easy thing to do when some characters get all but one chapter. I realize I’m babbling at this point, but this is SO good, if you, like me, read Circe by Madeline Miller and wish there was another book you could pick up that gave you that same dreamy feel that many of us get reading Greek myths BUT focusing on the women instead of the stubborn, fame-craving men, I highly recommend this one!