The Penelopiad

The Myth of Penelope & Odysseus

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Publisher Description

In a splendid contemporary twist, Margaret Atwood tells Penelope's story.


In Homer's account, Penelope is the constant wife. It is she who rules Odysseus's kingdom of Ithaca during his twenty-year absence at the Trojan War. She raises their wayward son and fends off over a hundred insistent suitors. 


When Odysseus finally returns-having vanquished monsters, slept with goddesses and endured many other well-documented hardships-he kills the suitors and also, curiously, twelve of Penelope's maids.


Margaret Atwood tells the story through Penelope and her twelve hanged maids, asking: 'What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?' 


It's a dazzling, playful retelling, as wise and compassionate as it is haunting; as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing.


The Myths series gathers a diverse group of the finest writers of our time to provide a contemporary take on our most enduring myths.


'The Penelopiad shows Atwood making off with an especially well-guarded cultural treasure-and making it new, as she always does.' Independent Weekly

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
16 May
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
The Text Publishing Company
SELLER
Text Publishing
SIZE
780
KB

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