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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus


We want to tell the story again. For thousands of years, myths have captured imaginations, helping us to make sense of the world. Now, some of the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

sadly, this was a poor show

by tangles on Jun 11, 2009

I like Atwood, particularly her poems. This book was pretty terrible. Under the guise of exloring the myth of Penelope from the womans' perspective, it rendered Penelope as impotent as characterised modern housewife home reading glossy mags. In fact a glossy mag tone seemed to pervade the book, and ... More



by Ellyb on Feb 4, 2009

Margaret Atwood is and will remain one of my favorite writers, and her retelling of the myth of Odysseus and Penelope, titled "The Penelopiad," is a great illustration of why. Her prose here is, as always, innovative and alive. Penelope, our narrator, grabs the reader immediately with her confessional ... More

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Patient, Perturbed, Penelope

by Dr. P.D. on May 24, 2007

Penelope tells the story of Odysseus from her personal perspective from the grave. That seems to be the only venue from which she can honestly vent her own opinion. Atwood brings research and wry humor to poor Penelope's pathetic life. We learn about her parents, her upbringing, her relationship with ... More

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