Friday, May 19, 2006

It was a foregone conclusion that I would read The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. I was a little obsessed with Greek myths when I was a kid and the Margaret Atwood books I've read I've loved. Here she takes on the story of Odysseus, but narrated after her death by his wife, Penelope, with her twelve maids providing the chorus. It's a feminist retelling, Atwood's attempt to provide some answers about Penelope and her motivation that Homer didn't concern himself with. It's definitely more of a novella and not a fully fleshed out reimagining, but I did enjoy it. And it made me want to pull out The Odyssey to reread.

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