The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths)

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths)

Margaret Atwood


"Homer’s Odyssey isn't the merely model of the tale. Mythic fabric used to be initially oral, and in addition neighborhood -- a fable will be advised a technique in a single position and rather otherwise in one other. i've got drawn on fabric except the Odyssey, specially for the main points of Penelope’s parentage, her youth and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating approximately her. I’ve selected to offer the telling of the tale to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids shape a chanting and making a song refrain, which makes a speciality of questions that needs to pose themselves after any shut interpreting of the Odyssey: What ended in the putting of the maids, and what was once Penelope rather as much as? the tale as informed within the Odyssey doesn’t carry water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve consistently been haunted through the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself." -- from Margaret Atwood’s Foreword to The Penelopiad

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