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The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
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Apr 01, 09

bookshelves: reviewed, experimental, women, life-and-death, literary, mythology
Read in November, 2008

The Odyssey from Penelope's view (in the afterlife, ancient Greek-style). She's at home waiting forever for Odysseus to return. Her thoughts on staying faithful, on hearing news of her husband, on their son and the way he grows up, on the hanging of the maidservants in the end who were "unfaithful" with the suitors. The hanged maidservants are the choir here.

Themes: Greek literature writing style, feminine perspective, gender/class double standards, fairness of justice, what comes after death

This was a very quick read and enjoyable for what it was. The length was just right, really. The chorus was a little gimmicky to me, though it was a decent way to give the maidens a voice. Loved hearing Penelope complain about her cousin Helen and how things were in the world of the ancient dead.
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