The Penelopiad - Canons (Paperback)
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The Penelopiad - Canons (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages
Published: 05/04/2018
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Waterstones Says

Through Atwood’s ingenious imagination, Penelope evolves from her mythical role as Odysseus' ever-faithful wife into an unforgettable, gloriously irreverent heroine.

Penelope. Immortalised in legend and myth as the devoted wife of the glorious Odysseus, silently weaving and unpicking and weaving again as she waits for her husband's return.

Now Penelope wanders the underworld, spinning a different kind of thread: her own side of the story - a tale of lust, greed and murder.

The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781786892485
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
Edition: Main - Canons


MEDIA REVIEWS

Atwood takes Penelope's part with tremendous verve . . . she explores the very nature of mythic story-telling - MARY BEARD, Guardian

As potent as a curse - Sunday Times

Fabulous . . . Determinedly irreverent - New York Times

A witty desecration . . . Atwood plays with vigour and ingenuity - Observer

Pragmatic, clever, domestic, mournful, Penelope is a perfect Atwood heroine - Spectator

Half Dorothy Parker, half Desperate Housewives - Independent

Atwood and all authors named above are able to grasp the female experience perfectly in myths dominated by men, creating beautifully rounded and realistic characters from those created as ornaments and prizes by Homer - The Courier

Nothing short of genius - Week

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“definitely recommended if you love greek mytho”

I have a thing for mythology… especially Greek Mythology. Anyone who vaguely knows me or follows my fandom blog (runningwithshewolves) will know this. So after reading "The Song of Achilles" (review of which... More

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“The Penelopiad”

It was OK, i expected more of Atwood. Although it is a fairly she adds good feminist spin on the story, and a it is indeed a cautionary tale!

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“The Penelopiad”

Original, Funny and well written. I loved it.

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