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The Penelopiad, the myth of Penelope and Odysseus : Myth series

In The Odyssey, Penelope is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war, 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. When Odysseus finally comes, he kills her suitors and - curiously - twelve of her maids. In a contemporary twist to the story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids. 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.

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  • "In The Odyssey, Penelope is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war, 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. When Odysseus finally comes, he kills her suitors and - curiously - twelve of her maids. In a contemporary twist to the story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids. 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."@en
  • "A twist on Homer's "Odyssey" from the points of view of Penelope, who describes her life before she married Odysseus and chronicles her experiences during and after his protracted return from the Trojan War, and her twelve maids whom Odysseus executes upon his return."
  • "Telling the story of Homer's "Odyssey" from the point of view of Penelope and her 12 hanged maids, the bestselling author of "Oryx and Crake" draws on Greek mythology for Volume 2 in the Myths series."
  • "A look at the Odyssey from Penelope's point of view."
  • "Retells the story of Penelope, wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy, from her own point of view."@en
  • "Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. 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. The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence."
  • "Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope's parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. 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. The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence."@en
  • "In the Odyssey, Penelope is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war, 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. When Odysseus finally comes, he kills her suitors and - curiously - twelve of her maids. In a contemporary twist to the story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids. 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."@en
  • "A retelling of the story of Penelope and her husband Odysseus and the events that followed his return from the Trojan War."
  • "A retelling of the story of Penelope and her husband Odysseus and the events that followed his return from the Trojan War."@en

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  • "Canadian fiction"@en
  • "Canadian stories (English)"
  • "Mystery fiction"
  • "Electronic books"@en
  • "Electronic books"
  • "Historical fiction"
  • "Large type books"
  • "Large type books"@en
  • "Book club kit"@en
  • "Genres littéraires"
  • "Kanadské příběhy (anglicky)"
  • "Drama"
  • "Fiction"@en
  • "Fiction"

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  • "Panniluopu = Penelopiad"
  • "Penelopia"
  • "ペネロピアド"
  • "Penelopiada"
  • "Penelopiada"@pl
  • "Peneropiado"@ja
  • "The Penelopiad, the myth of Penelope and Odysseus : Myth series"@en
  • "The Penelopiad"
  • "The Penelopiad"@en
  • "潘妮洛普"
  • "潘妮洛普 = Penelopiad"
  • "The penelopiad"
  • "The penelopiad"@en
  • "The Penelopiad : the myth of Penelope and Odysseus"
  • "The Penelopiad : the myth of Penelope and Odysseus"@en
  • "Penelopiáda"
  • "The Penelopiad : [the play]"
  • "Penelopiad"
  • "Пенелопиада"
  • "Pénelopeia"
  • "Penelopina preja : [mit o Penelopi in Odiseju]"@sl
  • "Одисеята на Пенелопа"
  • "Pan ni luo pu"
  • "Penélope y las doce criadas"@es
  • "Penélope y las doce criadas"
  • "The Penelopiad: The myth of Penelope and Odysseus"@en
  • "Odisei︠a︡ta na Penelopa"@bg
  • "Odisei︠a︡ta na Penelopa"
  • "Penelopina preja"
  • "Peneropiado / The Penelopiad / Margaret Atwood"
  • "Penelopeia"
  • "The Penelopiad : [the myth of Penelope and Odysseus]"
  • "The Penelopiad : [the myth of Penelope and Odysseus]"@en

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