The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

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As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer's original story, inexplicably hangs Penelope's twelve maids.

Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.

The Penelopiad premiered with the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Canada's National Arts Centre at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in July 2007.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 8mm | 95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571239498
  • 9780571239498
  • 12,773

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206 ratings
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"What a wonderful idea to take some of the best authors and get them to retell some of the best stories, tales that have been 'best sellers' for over 2000 years! This retelling of the Odyssey with a cynical humour is a delight to read and had me laughing as well as questioning Homer's original. To equate Circe with a brothel madam and Cyclops with a one eyed tavern keeper is brilliant. Highly recommended."show more
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