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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope & Odysseus: Text Myth Series

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope & Odysseus: Text Myth Series (Paperback, New edition)

By Atwood, Margaret

The Myths series gathers a diverse group of the finest writers of our time to provide a contemporary take on our most enduring myths. From the outset the idea was to approach writers from around the world and invite them to retell any myth in any way they chose. I n Homer's accou...nt, Penelope's story is the salutary tale of the constant wife. It is she who rules Odysseus's kingdom of Ithaca during his twenty-year absence at the Trojan War; she who raises their wayward son and fends off over a hundred insistent suitors. When Odysseus finally returns-having vanquished monsters, slept with goddesses and endured many other well-documented hardships-he kills the suitors and also, curiously, twelve of Penelope's maids. In a splendid contemporary twist, Margaret Atwood tells the story through Penelope and her twelve hanged maids, asking: 'What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?' It's a dazzling, playful retelling, as wise and compassionate as it is haunting; as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing.
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ISBN 9781920885953
Published AU 24 Oct 2005
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Paperback, New edition
Series Text Myth Series

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ISBN-13 9781920885953
Stock Available
Status Reprinting
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint The Text Publishing Company
Published 24 Oct 2005
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Atwood, Margaret
Series Text Myth Series
Category Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 823
Weight 163g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade