The Penelopiad : The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths series)
16 journalers for this copy...
colebear book is here 01/26/08
I enjoyed the book - it's a quick read - and a fun interpretation of The Odyssey. Off it goes this week to merimag and the beginning of a long ring!
Basic rules: journal the book when you receive it, journal again when you finish it (add your thoughts & comments and stars if you like), and mention the date you are sending it out. Please pass it along within 4 weeks. If you can't, e-mail the next person on the list and myself to let us know why & when you will be able to send it out. If you read the book before you get it in the ring, please let the person ahead of you know (and tell me too) so that we can delete you from the list.
In my ideal world, if someone in this list has a copy of Jeanette Winterson's and/or Karen Armstrong's book, they will offer it as a ring to everyone else in this ring, thereby completing the Myths ring. *grins and crosses fingers*
This book was sent to StoryChaser today (3/1/06).
Thanks for starting the ring, ajsmom :D
I have PMed Raindrop, and will post as soon as I get her address, which will hopefully be tomorrow :)
Will read shortly and pass on to the next member. :)
I loved how it oozed feminism!
Penelope's point of veiw is very interesting to read and observe. I was sad for the 12 maidens. They were only trying to help. Poor things.
Overall, a wonderful read. I look forward to reading the continuing books of Ms. Atwood.
Thanks for starting this ring, I enjoyed participating!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
sending off to the next participant!
Thanks for including me, Atwood intrigues me and I`m looking forward to this!
I`m curious to look up more info now as I have no knowledge of any of the Myths being spoken in this series other than just hearing of them.
I like how Atwood writes and the way she took this myth from the female perspective and gave these characters a voice.
Looking forward to others in the series. I have Weight by Jeanette Winterson also and after I`m through reading that one, I will send them both along together to the next person on the list. Awaiting a response...
Thanks so much for including me in this ring!
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailing to xallroyx.
I have librarmousie's addy and will be getting off!
Thanks so much for including me in this ring--I'm really looking forward to reading this!!
Have e-mailed next in line and hope to have this on its way to Cambridge in the next day or two.
Anyway, thanks for sharing, ajsmom! And apologies for the delay. The book is on its way to legbamel (along with Weight)...mailed today.
At any rate, I agree that this was a very fast and fun read. I enjoyed the new perspective and the Chorus sections. Atwood is always good for a breath of fresh air on any topic, especially where women have been treated cavalierly as is very much the case in The Odyssey. Thanks for including me in the ring, and I'll PM for an address today.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Off with weight to the next reader. Enjoy!
Thanks Ajsmom for sharing and to Lebgamel for sending on!
I forgot to review this amazing book ! I always enjoyed mythology and I was pleased to read Margaret Atwood's take on Penelope's story. I love how she wrote it although the chorus of the 12 maidens were superfluous at times.
Thanks AJsmom for sharing and sorry again for taking so long to get it to move.
I'll have to say that I was a little worried about reading this book. The Odyssey is one of my favourite books, and I was concerned that what I expected to be Atwood's 'feminist revisionism' would ruin things. I'd already known that the maids were the chorus for this modern look at the ancient myth, and I thought that Penelope would be changed into an oppressed and vindictive bitch, the maids would be innocent victims of a brutal male dictator in Odysseus. I was happy to find my fears unrealised. I ended up liking Penelope, mourning the maids (while at the same time disapproving of *their* post mortes vindictiveness), and Odysseus was a bit of a dolt, but nowhere near cruel. I hated Helen though, with all her arrogance and schadenfreude, an interesting take on her character but not one I share.
As with The Life of Pi, the reader is left to determine for herself what actually happened (is this a Canadian sort of theme I wonder?).
The play opened this week in Stratford-upon-Avon and will be playing here in Ottawa in the fall. I hope to check it out.
I'll be sending this book out on Tuesday.
Note to Myth Series readers: I knew that ajsmom wanted to have a kind of spiral or package with all the MS books, so I bought Alexander McCall Smith's contribution to the series, Dream Angus. With the help of ajsmom, I've made up a list of people who want to read all three books:
If your name is not here, and you do want the book, just let me know and I'll add you in.
Reserving until I read the other 2 to send to colebear.
Dec. 20 - sent this off quite a while ago, but forgot to journal here....should be arriving with colebear anytime now!
I was upset by the treatment of the maids throughout this book, not just by Odysseus when he returned, but by Penelope raising them as daughters and then sending them to the wolves as it were, to do her bidding even though they suffered terribly for it. This book did not improve Penelope's reputation to me, she was still somewhat wilting. I felt for her that she was living among strangers, but to have not made any trustworthy friends in 20 years, other than the maids she raised herself, is a stretch for me. Though it is telling that she had no one to turn to since she protected her 12 maids so poorly.
Thank you for including me in this ring, and I should be able to keep it moving as soon as I complete the other books that are traveling with it.