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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (The Myths Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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This is a story that most of us know, the story of Odysseus and Penelope. Yet unlike most tellings of this tale, it is told from Penelope's perspective and she has a great vantage point on the whole `Helen' affair. However our story is told from outside of time. There is an old saying that "dead men don't tell tales" and that may be true, but in this inventive retelling, a dead woman and her chorus of dead girls do just that.
Turning this myth on its head by telling it through women's eyes, Atwood has given us a unique view. Maybe she will challenge us to look at our world and our situations through different lenses from time to time.
How do a dead woman and her twelve maids tell a story with a great deal of jest and a smattering of dark humor? How else could a tale be told by 13 dead women from across the river Styx? Penelope gives us some biographical information about herself seldom included in this tale, and it helps us to understand some of her decisions, and her mistakes. Yet the main focus remains Odysseus' long absence during the war against Troy, and his brutal behavior upon his return.
The story is written as a morality play, or in the format of a Greek Tragedy, however it is done with the humor and temperament of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.Read more ›
The Penelopiad is a hilarious romp through a story that most of us know, but told outside of time. There is an old saying that "dead men don't tell tales" and that may be true, but in this inventive retelling, a dead woman and her chorus of dead girls do just that.
Atwood has turned this myth on its head and told it from the female perspective. Unfortunately, our heroine is dead and in Hades, retelling her story from across the river Styx. She is telling her whole story but especially the events around Odysseus' long absence during the war against Troy and that unfortunate event with her cousin Helen.
The story is written in the format of a Greek Tragedy but with the humor and temperament of a comedy. Our chorus is the twelve dead maids, hung strung together on a ship's rope by Odysseus. They appear from time to time, in song, dance, or mock plays and trials to re-enact events from their lives to punctuate Penelope's story.
The twists and turns in this story will make you laugh out loud. A friend of mine who read it stated, `It begs to be read aloud.' And I could not agree more. Pick up the book, get some friends together and read it aloud, over an evening or two together. Much fun will be had with the ghosts of our 13 dead ladies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable, and made me think deeper about a part of the mythology that usually gets glossed over. Love takes that aren't about the adventuring hero, but those left behind.Published 13 days ago by Djinna
One of THE best riffs on the timeless story of Penelope that I've ever had the good fortune to come across. Read morePublished 27 days ago by White Rabbit
Was a good read, was a project for class but interesting to read a different side... this is from Odysseus's wife from the OdysseyPublished 4 months ago by Irishsoldier
I found this to be a beautiful retelling of the saga, not as rich as the book, obviously, but in some ways more poetic because of the actors' contribution.Published 4 months ago by James H Phetterplace Sr
I really like how concise this novel is. I
Also, Atwood does a great job of giving Penelope a voice.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a good read. Book was in good condition as described.Published 6 months ago by JJ92
An excellent companion and retelling of "The Odyssey" from Penelope's perspective. The writing is quick, witty, and thought-provoking; I gobbled it up in a few hours. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MICHAEL
It's touching. Never really thought of the story in such a unique perspective. I would highly recommend this for those who have read the Odysseus.Published 7 months ago by 123sarah
Margaret Atwood sets out to rewrite "The Odyssesy" from Penelope's point of view. She points out Odysseus wasn't such a great hero after all as he killed Penelope's 12... Read morePublished 8 months ago by G. Messersmith