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The Penelopiad

16/11/2013

Margaret Atwood’s imaginative The Penelopiad  provides an alternative interpretation of the events that occurred in The Odyssey, Homer’s epic poem about a brave and cunning man who overcame many obstacles on his way home from the Trojan War. Told from the point of view of Penelope, Odysseus’s wife, who has now resided in the Underworld for thousands of years, The Penelopiad suggests that women’s lives and behaviours were much more complex than Homer portrayed them to be in his account. Complementing Penelope’s narrative are commentaries provided by a chorus (that staple of ancient Greek literature) composed of the maids who were hanged upon Odysseus’s return to Ithaca. By turns sage, sad, scathing, and sardonic, Penelope and her women give us much to think about and to enjoy, all in 200 pages.
In the audiobook version of this title, narrator Laural Merlington captures the tone of the story very well, even providing different voices for various maids, who are sometimes heard individually and sometimes heard all at once through the layering of multiple tracks.
Published in 2005, The Penelopiad is one of the first titles in the Canongate Myths series of short novels in which ancient myths from various cultures are re-told by modern authors. Many of these titles may be found in our collection.

Image: The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

By Atwood, Margaret
Image: The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

By Atwood, Margaret
Image: The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

By Atwood, Margaret

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