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The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad
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In Homer's "Odyssey", Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen,... show more
In Homer's "Odyssey", Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and - curiously - twelve of her maids. In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids, asking: 'What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?' In Atwood's dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality - and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781841957043 (1841957046)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Pages no: 199
Edition language: English
Series: Canongate Myths (#2)
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
5.0 POV's and unheard voices
For such a short thing, it certainly packed a punch. Between the unreliable but scathing narrator and the creepy chorus, I found myself running the whole gamut of reactions, from laughter to shudders. It was an interesting way of taking a stab at all the bits of the Odyssey that make you look as...
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
5.0 Brilliant
Irreverent, insightful, funny, deeply humane and empathetic. The myth of Odysseus is one of my favorite parts of Greek mythology: in telling it from the perspective of Penelope -- with a good bit about Penelope's childhood and youth, and her and Odysseus's marriage thrown in for good measure, as w...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
5.0 Brilliant
Irreverent, insightful, funny, deeply humane and empathetic. The myth of Odysseus is one of my favorite parts of Greek mythology: in telling it from the perspective of Penelope -- with a good bit about Penelope's childhood and youth, and her and Odysseus's marriage thrown in for good measure, as w...
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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 ...
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2.0 The Penelopiad
Τόση μυθική παράδοση γύρω από το πρόσωπο της Ελένης, από τους αρχαίους λυρικούς, Στησίχορο, Αλκαίο, και το ομηρικό κείμενο, ως την τραγωδία του Ευριπίδη, κι η Atwood προτίμησε να την παρουσιάσει ως μονοδιάστατη mean girl;
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