The Penelopiad

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Click for availability and more information The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood

Are you looking for a new twist on a very old tale? Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad (The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus)is just the book! You needn't have read Homer's The Iliad & The Odyssey to enjoy the story as Helen introduces you to the characters, especially those devious gods and goddesses, who are constantly interfering in the lives of lesser beings. This very short but biting story has been updated. Poor Penelope is left alone in the palace (for 10 long years) with her 12 maids and a myriad of suitors eating her out of house and home. Meanwhile, her wondering husband, Odysseus, is out rescuing Helen of Troy and gets delayed on his way home. Sound familiar? Penelope explains her dilemma in terms that are not only innocent but quite laughable at times.

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