Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Odyssey retellings: the Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood's new book, the Penelopiad is written from Odysseus' faithful wife Penelope's point of view. What was she really doing and thinking during those twenty years her husband was away fighting the Trojan War and then slowly meandering home by way of various enchanted islands inhabited by immortal temptresses. Was she faithful? Did she miss him? How, in modern parlance, did she cope? The voice of Penelope is hip, ironic and she is no one's victim, but as wiley as Odysseus in her own way.
Fully searchable text of the Odyssey

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