The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

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Buy from our partners. Margaret Atwood returns with a shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? Reviews from Goodreads. FictionDB Reviews: Shirley —.

Paperback editions:. Hardcover editions:. Dec Canongate U. Audio editions:. Jun Brilliance Audio Audible. Local geography and climate may change the scenery of myth, she says. But the basic stuff - love, hate, death, life, famine, plenty, animal helpers, the fates of souls, creation myths, what will happen at the end of the world - those are all fixtures. You could add that language and narrative are the most important human inventions. And once you've got a language with a past tense and a future tense, you're going to have a mythology.

Atwood has written that all writers have to move from "now" to "once upon a time", and all "must descend to where the stories are kept" but "must take care not to be captured and held immobile by the past. And all must commit acts of larceny, or else of reclamation. Like every wise heroine of myth, however, she won't tempt fate or push her luck. Who can tell? So, I ask, is she working on another novel? It could be a complete failure. I could throw it out as I have thrown others out in their turn.

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