Margaret Atwood returns with a shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope. Describing her own remarkable vision, the author writes in the foreword, I’ve chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn’t hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself.” One of the high points of literary fiction in 2005, this critically acclaimed story found a vast audience and is finally available in paperback.
Canongate U.S.; December 2007
- ISBN: 9780802197832
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- Title: The Penelopiad
Series: The Myths
- Author: Margaret Atwood
Imprint: Canongate U.S.
About The Author
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Toronto
Born in Ottawa in 1939,Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty-five internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale ,Cat's Eye , Alias Grace ,and Oryx and Crake were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, which she won with her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin .Other prizes include the Governor General 's Award for The Handmaid 's Tale ,the Italian Premio Mondale and the Canadian Giller Prize for Alias Grace ,and the National Arts Club Literary Award in the United States. Margaret Atwood is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has been awarded the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit and the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; she is a Foreign Honorary Member for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.