Ithaca - The Songs of Penelope (Hardback)Claire North (author)
The first chapter in a sweeping and evocative new historical series from the author of Notes from the Burning Age, Ithaca recounts the timeless story of Penelope who, waiting for the return of her husband Odysseus from the Trojan War, is hounded by prospective suitors.
This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca's shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women - and their goddesses - that will change the course of the world.
Seventeen years ago, king Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the island of Ithaca. None of them have returned, and the women have been left behind to run the kingdom.
Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. Whilst he lived, her position was secure. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that husband is dead, and suitors are starting to knock at her door...
But no one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus' empty throne - not yet. Between Penelope's many suitors, a cold war of dubious alliances and hidden knives reigns, as everyone waits for the balance of power to tip one way or another. If Penelope chooses one from amongst them, it will plunge Ithaca into bloody civil war. Only through cunning and her spy network of maids can she maintain the delicate balance of power needed for the kingdom to survive.
On Ithaca, everyone watches everyone else, and there is no corner of the palace where intrigue does not reign...
From the multi award-winning Claire North comes a daring, exquisite and moving tale that breathes life into ancient myth, and tells of the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men. It's time for the women of Ithaca to tell their tale...
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 619 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 38 mm
'Claire North brings a powerful, fresh and unflinching voice to ancient myth - darkly fascinating, raw and breathtaking' - Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne
'Like Penelope at her loom North both weaves and unweaves, teasing out the threads of Homeric myth to recombine them into something unique, wonderful and urgently contemporary' - M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With all the Gifts
'North's talent shines out' - Sunday Times
'North goes from strength to strength' - Guardian
'An original and even dazzling writer' - Kirkus
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“Superb Greek Mythology”
A complete change in style and genre from the usual dystopian fiction for the marvellous Claire North, however Ithaca still boasts her exquisite quality of writing and wicked sense of humour.
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This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before.
The gods are capricious in their ways, their whims dictating the wars between men, their desires impacting the lives... More
“The story that the poets would not tell...”
This book was absolutely glorious. This is the story of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and is the story that the ancient poets would not tell. While greek mythology alludes to the cleverness of Penelope,... More
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