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The Penelopiad : The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

By (author) Margaret Atwood

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For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan war was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours and keep over a hundred lustful, greedy and bloodthirsty suitors at bay...And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he brutally hangs Penelope's twelve beloved maids. What were his motives? And what was Penelope really up to? Critically acclaimed when it was first published as part of Canongate's "Myth" series, and following a very successful adaptation by the RSC, this new edition of "The Penelopiad" sees Margaret Atwood give Penelope a modern and witty voice to tell her side of the story, and set the record straight for good.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 20mm | 158.76g
  • 22 Apr 2006
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • Main - New cover edition
  • 1841957046
  • 9781841957043
  • 4,453

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MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than thirty internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her numerous awards include the Governor General's Award for The Handmaid's Tale and the Giller Award and Iralian Premio Mondale for Alias Grace. She won the Man Booker Prize with The Blind Assassin in 2000. She lives in Toronto.

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Half-Dorothy Parker, half-Desperate Housewives. Independent As potent as a curse. -- Lucy Hughes Hallett Sunday Times * Pragmatic, clever, domestic, mournful, Penelope is a perfect Atwood heroine. -- Sam Leith Spectator * Atwood takes Penelope's part with tremendous verve...she explores the very nature of mythic story-telling. -- Mary Beard Guardian * Atwood's typical wit and vim on fine display: with the late maids providing a Greek chorus, Penelope swoops across the centuries to pithily slate her cousin Helen of Troy, judge Odysseus and even provide a feminist viewpoint of which Homer could nary have dreamt. Observer

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