Elektra: The mesmerising story of Troy from the three women its heart

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Elektra: The mesmerising story of Troy from the three women its heart

Elektra: The mesmerising story of Troy from the three women its heart

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It feels like the characters are sitting around and stalling until enough pages have passed since the last murder so that they can kill someone else. It's ironic that the character whose name is the title of this book is also the one I enjoyed the least and dreaded reading. Jennifer Saint explores how suffering is passed down generations in this compelling novel, told in rich and evocative prose. As it happened, I read this shortly after reading Clare Heywood's excellent Daughters of Sparta, which tells much the same story, albeit in a different manner. Saint retells these stories as they’ve been told before, changing only the camera angles through which we view it, and the end result is… fine.

Where women being shrugged off as crazy or emotional by men leads to the downfall of an entire city. 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. My huge thanks to Headline Audio via NetGalley for giving me a chance to listen to Elektra by Jennifer Saint, I have given my honest review. We see Elektra as a young girl with her love for Agamemnon as a father, (which in parts reminded me so much of the Oedipus complex by Freud- which was rather disturbing to read) and her hell bent on revenge for the murder of him by her mother. The author does an excellent job of showing all the steps that led to the path this mother and daughter took and to the consequences that you know are inevitable.I love the way Jennifer Saint re-tells Greek mythology while centering the experiences of women rather than men. I did however have a fair amount of difficulty, in the beginning, determining which character was speaking Cassandra or Electra. It is a grinding, exhausting existence, and every morning I wake and stare at the dry, plain walls, which seem to shrink closer around me every day. When I read Ariadne, the previous book by the author, I would grow frustrated with the main character for not taking more control over her own life. In general, those selections aren’t particularly in line with my personal preferences—they tend to go for depressing literary fiction that touches on the most disturbing elements of the modern world, like pandemics and political extremism—but this one really excited me.

We witness Clytemnestra’s journey to Mycenae, the birth of their children… and of course the start of the Trojan war, as well as many more events that take place.Though the title would have you thinking this story is centered on one woman, it actually follows three separate women during the time of the Trojan War. Unlike Ariadne who I wished took more control, the women in Elektra took decisive actions that forever changed the course of their story.



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