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review 2018-12-28 11:53
The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

I was somewhat trepiditious coming to this after The Handmaid's Tale, which, whilst very good, I found to be heavy going. However, Atwood gives the ghost of Penelope a very modern, chatty voice which is very easy to read. Since the book is also short, this disappeared very rapidly!


Penelope delivers a monologue occassionally interrupted by a Chorus - which is the exact structure of early Greek drama. The Chorus consist of the ghosts of the 12 Maids hanged by Odysseus and the book is as much about them as Penelope in some respects.


There's a common theme across this and The Handmaid's Tale of women rendered powerless by the society they live in but trying to assert their humanity nevertheless.

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text 2018-12-24 12:01
Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 199 pages.
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

This is much easier to read than The Handmaid's Tale.

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text 2018-12-23 17:55
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 199 pages.
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

So, what was going on back home while Odysseus was off fighting/getting lost/adventuring/philandering for twenty years?

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review 2018-12-04 06:40
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

I’m pretty sure this book is supposed to make me feel a certain way, but I got nothin’. Maybe the relentless news cycle for the past several years has left me numb. Maybe I can’t look at this type of dystopian fiction objectively since seeing it described as white people being treated the same way we’ve treated people of color throughout history. Maybe it’s the narrative style, which is not one of my favorites. Maybe I’m just really grumpy lately. Whatever the reason, I’ll be the odd one out among my bookish circles as the one person who didn’t love this book.


On a side note, my Kindle edition threw the Rate This pop-up at me when I got to the Historical Note, and I wonder how many people stopped there and never realized the story wasn’t over. Heh.

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text 2018-11-09 00:06
24 Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali - Task # 4
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
Heidi - Johanna Spyri
Ladies of Letters - New and Old - Lou Wakefield,Carole Hayman
The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends - K.N. Parker,K.N. Parker
Juliet Takes a Breath - Gabby Rivera
A Talent for Murder: A Novel - Andrew Wilson
Geisha, a Life - Rande Brown,Mineko Iwasaki

This task was hard.


And because I'm clearly lacking books that feature women holding flowers, I had to stretch my interpretation of the task. And by stretch I mean, stopping just short of a post-modern expressive dance interpretation of what can be understood as woman holding a flower. 

It would not have been a pretty sight.

So, count yourselves lucky to not have to see it.


Anyway, I have listed my covers above and there are a few more than five, just in case some should not work...


So, we have one actual cover with a woman holding flowers. Atwood to the rescue. 

Then we have a girl holding flowers - Heidi. Still close enough, I guess.

Then we have a Vera of Ladies of Letters sporting a buttonhole flower. 

The Deceased Miss Blackwell on top the grave is holding a rose. 

Juliet has a flower-shaped earring.

A flower in a hat on the cover of A Talent for Murder, and finally...

Flowers in hair on the cover of Geisha, a Life.


I had to wade through more than 2500 covers on my combined shelves to even get the ones I listed. Seriously, this was a hard task.

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