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The Penelopiad

by Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 13 copies
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"Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey , especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I've chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. 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? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn't hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I've always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad , so is Penelope herself." -- from Margaret Atwood's Foreword to The Penelopiad
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Drawing on a range of sources, in addition to The Odyssey, Atwood scripts the narrative of Penelope, the faithful and devoted wife of Odysseus and her 12 maids, who were killed upon the master?s return. Atwood proposes striking interpretations of her characters that challenge the patriarchal nature of Greek mythology. The chapters transition between the firsthand account of Penelope and the chorus of maids as listeners are taken from Penelope?s early life to her afterlife. Laural Merlington charmingly delivers the witty and perceptive Penelope with realistic inflection and emphasis. Some of her vocal caricatures seem over the top, but most voices maintain a resemblance to our perceptions of these mythic people. The maids are presented as a saddened chorus by a cloning of Merlington?s voice. These dark figures speak straightforwardly in their accusations of Penelope and Odysseus, while, at other times, they make use of rhyming. This format works well, though sometimes the cadence and rhyming scheme are off beat. This benefits the production by creating an eerie resonance and haunting demeanor that enhances this engaging tale. Simultaneous release with the Canongate hardcover. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Series Myths (Canongate Publishing)
Subjects Penelope -- (Greek mythological character) -- Fiction.
Odysseus, -- King of Ithaca (Mythological character) -- Fiction.
Publisher Edinburgh ; New York :Canongate,2005
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Description xv, 199 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 1841957178
9781841957982 (pbk.)
1841957984 (pbk.)
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