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The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad
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“Homer’s Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope’s parentage, her early... show more
“Homer’s Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope’s parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I’ve chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn’t hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself.” -- from Margaret Atwood’s Foreword to The Penelopiad
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781841957173 (1841957178)
Publisher: Canongate U.S.
Pages no: 198
Edition language: English
Series: Canongate Myths (#2)
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Elentarri's Book Blog
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2.0 The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood is a retelling parts of the Odyssey myth from the perspective of Odysseus's wife, Penelope. The author's aim is to answer two questions she had while reading the Odyssey: what led to the handing of Penelope's 12 maids and what was Penelope really up to? This book ...
BrokenTune
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3.0 The Penelopiad
The Penelopiad is another installment of the Canongate Myths Series. In this installment, Margaret Atwood turns her hand to the story of Odysseus and tells the story of The Odyssey and The Iliad from the perspective of Penelope, Odysseus' wife. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to ...
ELK's Library
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3.5 The Penelopiad
The Penelopiad tells the story of Penelope and the twelve maidens while Odysseus was making his way home from Troy. Full disclosure here, while I am familiar with The Odyssey, I have not yet actually read it, though it is on my TBR List. I found this novella to be a very interesting, if brief, take ...
Medusa's Stories
Medusa's Stories rated it
Well that was very deliberately and artistically unsatisfying. WHY WONT YOU EXILING RESOLVE.
Obsidian Blue
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5.0 The Penelopiad
A friend suggested that I pick up Margaret Atwood's "The Penelopiad" since she knows that I love Greek mythology. Finding out that this was a twist on the Greek myth of Odyssey and told from the point of view of Odyssey's wife, Penelope, and her maids I decided to buy it. I have never been so please...
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