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Margaret Atwood in PENELOPIAD tells the Odysseus/Penelope story from Penelope's point of view.
Maybe I am judging it a little harshly because I like Atwood's other books so much, but I just felt like this was such a surface story.
As such, I recommend this book: it is a worthwhile and interesting read that communicates much while still remaining highly accessible.
Great use of symbolism and motifs, many themes incorporated about human nature
Helpful to read odyssey first to gain insight on change in perspectives and juxtaposition
Ha! Penelope perspective makes Odysseus look like a weakling. Ithaca survived because of her, no goddesses involved. Take that OdysseusPublished 1 month ago by Englishteach
The Penelopiad is a retelling of the myth of Odyssus and Penelope. Its a rather short book in comparison to most of Margaret Atwood’s books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SephiPiderWitch
Ore from the mine:
Penelope: 'What more do you want from him?' I ask them. By this time I'm crying. 'Just tell me!'
But they only run away. Read more
This is a charming book, which I reread on my Kindle. It's a wonderful feminist re-reading of the Odyssey.Published 5 months ago by R. Larson
I enjoy reading myths and nuanced retelling even more. Atwood does an excellent of telling Penelope's side to the story. Myths so often come from the male point of view.Published 6 months ago by Lisa Chretien