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The Penelopiad - Myths (Paperback)
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The Penelopiad - Myths (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 04/05/2006
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For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan war was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours and keep over a hundred lustful, greedy and bloodthirsty suitors at bay...And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he brutally hangs Penelope's twelve beloved maids. What were his motives? And what was Penelope really up to?Critically acclaimed when it was first published as part of Canongate's Myth series, and following a very successful adaptation by the RSC, this new edition of The Penelopiad sees Margaret Atwood give Penelope a modern and witty voice to tell her side of the story, and set the record straight for good.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781841957043
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
Edition: Main - New cover edition


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Half-Dorothy Parker, half-Desperate Housewives. * * Independent * *
As potent as a curse. -- Lucy Hughes Hallett * * Sunday Times * *
Atwood takes Penelope's part with tremendous verve...she explores the very nature of mythic story-telling. -- Mary Beard * * Guardian * *
Atwood's typical wit and vim on fine display: with the late maids providing a Greek chorus, Penelope swoops across the centuries to pithily slate her cousin Helen of Troy, judge Odysseus and even provide a feminist viewpoint of which Homer could nary have dreamt. * * Observer * *
Pragmatic, clever, domestic, mournful, Penelope is a perfect Atwood heroine. -- Sam Leith * * Spectator * *

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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

Paperback edition
7th October 2016
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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!

Paperback edition
4th March 2012
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“The Penelopiad”

Original, Funny and well written. I loved it.

Paperback edition
23rd December 2006
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