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The Penelopiad

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: New York : Canongate, [2005] ©2005
Series: Myths (Canongate Publishing)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : First American edition
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Penelopiad.
(OCoLC)62145982
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 9780802197832 0802197833
OCLC Number: 886582157
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 199 pages)
Series Title: Myths (Canongate Publishing)
Responsibility: Margaret Atwood.

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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.

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