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The Penelopiad

by Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

Format: Book on CD 2005
Availability: Available at 1 Library 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of Homestead Recorded Book BCD FIC Atwo
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Recorded Book
 
Call Number  BCD FIC Atwo
 
 
Carnegie Library of Homestead Recorded Book BCD FIC Atwo
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Recorded Book
 
Call Number  BCD FIC Atwo
 
 
Summary
In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and - curiously - twelve of her maids. In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged Maids, asking: "What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?" In Atwood's dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality - and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.
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 Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Subjects Penelope -- (Greek mythological character) -- Fiction.
Odysseus, -- King of Ithaca (Mythological character) -- Fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher Grand Haven, MI :Brilliance,2005
Edition Unabridged ed.
Contributors Merlington, Laural.
Participants/Performers Read by Laural Merlington.
Language English
Notes Compact discs.
Unabridged.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 142330778X :
1423307771
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