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Reviews of Penelopiad, the (2005)

Review by mojosmom (2006-02-13)

The story of Odysseus and Penelope, what she did while he was at Troy and wandering, and what happened when he came home, from the womanís point of view. Or, I should say, womenís, for while Penelope is the primary narrator of this book, the maids are there as well, a chorus, sometimes supporting, sometimes contradicting, Penelopeís narrative. The true story? Penelope says of herself and her husband, ĒThe two of us were -- by our own admission -- proficient and shameless liars of long standing. Itís a wonder either one of us believed a word the other said.Ē So who knows? Who can ever know? A bit of Homer (or a bit of Nausicaa, if youíre inclined to agree with Samuel Butler), a bit of Graves, the truth is probably somewhere in between or outside. Good stuff, this book, one of a new series, The Myths, from Canongate. Hope the rest are as good (Iím about to read Jeannette Wintersonís Weight, her take on Atlas and Hercules).




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