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The Penelopiad

The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus · The Myths

by Margaret Atwood


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Margaret Atwood returns with a shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope. Describing her own remarkable vision, the author writes in the foreword, “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." One of the high points of literary fiction in 2005, this critically acclaimed story found a vast audience and is finally available in paperback.

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The Myths
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Margaret Atwood (Author)

Margaret AtwoodContributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): TorontoBorn in Ottawa in 1939,Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty-five internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays...

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