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The Penelopiad

by Margaret Atwood

Part of the Canons Series

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Penelopiad

I first read The Penelopiad directly after being introduced to The Odyssey at University. Atwood's perspective on this epic tale was a breath of fresh air. Penelope reflects from the other side of the Styx on the struggles that she faced as Odysseus sailed to Agamemnon's side to resolve the issues caused by Penelope's cousin, Helen of Troy. 

Maintaining control of Ithaca, a wayward son and greedy suitors, Penelope weaves her own witty and fiery version of events in order to ensure her story is known.

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The Penelopiad Synopsis

Penelope. Immortalised in legend and myth as the devoted wife of the glorious Odysseus, silently weaving and unpicking and weaving again as she waits for her husband's return.

Now Penelope wanders the underworld, spinning a different kind of thread: her own side of the story - a tale of lust, greed and murder.

The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.

The Penelopiad Press Reviews

Half Dorothy Parker, half Desperate Housewives -

Independent -

Pragmatic, clever, domestic, mournful, Penelope is a perfect Atwood heroine -

Spectator -

Atwood takes Penelope's part with tremendous verve . . . she explores the very nature of mythic story-telling -- MARY BEARD -

Guardian -

A witty desecration . . . Atwood plays with vigour and ingenuity -

Observer -

Fabulous . . . Determinedly irreverent -

New York Times -

As potent as a curse -

Sunday Times -

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ISBN: 9781786892485
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: Canongate Canons an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786892485
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Canongate Canons an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Collections: 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction - Women’s Words,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.  She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin,  won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.   Author photo &...

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