The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

deMargaret Atwood

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15 août 2006|
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus de Margaret Atwood
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In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope--wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy--is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and--curiously--twelve of her maids.

In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged Maids, asking: "What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?" In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality--and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.
MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Boo...
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Titre :The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :216 pages, 7.17 X 5.12 X 0.53 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :216 pages, 7.17 X 5.12 X 0.53 po
Publié le :15 août 2006
Publié par :Knopf Canada
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780676974256

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