The Penelopiad

by Margaret Atwood | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1920885951 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Purple-lilly of Heathfield, South Australia Australia on 12/20/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Purple-lilly from Heathfield, South Australia Australia on Tuesday, December 20, 2005
In a contemporary take on the story of Penelope, Odysseus'wife, Atwood retells the story making the characters appear "real" and gives the reader an understanding of the motives and desires of the players. It is a thought provoking and fascinating retelling of the old story, giving new insights into the role of women and slaves in ancient Greece. Very easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable.

Soon to be my first bookray!

Well I think everything is okay to begin, so here goes. Please try and keep the book moving at a reasonable pace and remember to PM the next person on the list as you come near to the end.

jubby- Sydney- mail anywhere
sally906-NT- mail anywhere
squirrel1818-Penn.- mail within USA
indygo88-USA- mail anywhere
kizmiaz-Portugal-mail in Europe Its here!
quico-Portugal- mail anywhere
CatharinaL-Finland- mail within Europe
molekilby-UK

if there are any problems please PM me.






Journal Entry 2 by Purple-lilly at By mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (1/9/2006 UTC) at By mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Sent to jubby as the first participant in my very first book ray!!!!

Journal Entry 3 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, January 19, 2006
Just back from a lovely holiday, and look what I have found on the doorstep!

Thank you very much Purple-Lily! I am looking forward to jumping into this one.

Journal Entry 4 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, January 30, 2006
Oh my goodness!
I love the writings of Margaret Atwood, but this was incredible. The story of Odysseus told from the point of view of his faithful wife Penelope.
To be honest, I never read the original, and only have a vague idea of the plot, but even on it's own, this is a fabulous piece of modern writing.

I liked the maids' interludes as the tragic Greek chorus.

And like we all know, ladies rarely get the justice due to them in this age or the last - poor maids.

Thank you so much for sharing this book with me Purple-lilly. I enjoyed it so much, that I dashed out and got Jeanette Winterson's 'Weight', which is also in the series (another great little read).


Journal Entry 5 by jubby at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, January 30, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (1/30/2006 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Posted to Sally906 in Darwin.

Journal Entry 6 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Thursday, February 02, 2006
What a surprise - was in the mail today - I have two books ahead of it - but should have this out in the next couple of weeks :)

Journal Entry 7 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Have just started reading this - will be finished by next week

Journal Entry 8 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Saturday, March 04, 2006
Most people have heard of, and even read, The Odyssey, or the adventures of Odysseus as he spent many years returning home to his faithful wife Penelope after the Trojan war, where he kills the freeloading suitors, and 12 handmaidens. This quick book looks at the story from Penelope's point of view and explores why the handmaidens were killed. Is humorous, and gives a refreshing feminine look at the male version of the Greek myths.

Will be mailed off to the US tomorrow

Released 13 yrs ago (3/5/2006 UTC) at Casuarina Post office in Darwin, Secret Santa Exchange -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed off to the USA Today

Journal Entry 10 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Sunday, March 05, 2006
oops - is not, of course, the secret Santa release - selected wrong button :)

Journal Entry 11 by squirrel818 from Tafton, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, April 07, 2006
Received in the mail today. I will read it asap and pass it on.

Journal Entry 12 by squirrel818 at Controlled Release in Lafayette, Indiana USA on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (4/11/2006 UTC) at Controlled Release in Lafayette, Indiana USA

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Journal Entry 13 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Monday, April 17, 2006
Received today! I've got a couple ahead of it, but it looks like a fast read, so once I get to it, hopefully I won't have it too long!

Journal Entry 14 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Thursday, April 27, 2006
Wow, what a fast read! Kind of refreshing, actually. I would say I am not the most knowledgable when it comes to the stories of mythology (or perhaps rather, I've forgotten a lot of what I learned in school), so while reading this it made me curious and want to read more about the Greek gods and goddesses. I didn't find this book especially deep, but I don't think I was supposed to. This was my first book by Atwood, so I don't know how it compares to her others. Overall enjoyable, however. Thanks for sharing, Purple-lilly!

I'm waiting to hear from the next person on the list for a mailing address. I'll journal again when the book is on its way.

Journal Entry 15 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Sunday, April 30, 2006
Sending out to kizmiaz tomorrow, likely via surface mail. Happy (& safe!) traveling!

Journal Entry 16 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, May 05, 2006
That was fast. Got it today, thanks indygo88. Still have one to finish before this one but it won't take long.

Journal Entry 17 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
This is a very well written book and a wonderfully structured narrative. Penelope and the maidens tell a story that differs from the classic Odyssey, and this time Odysseus is portrayed not so much as a super hero but just a man trying to get by on his wits and some cheating also.
Maybe the author could have gone further in the maids’ tale to achieve that full circle feeling, but this way works nice too.
I'll be sending it on soon.

Journal Entry 18 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Just arrived! Thanks, Kizmiaz and Purple-lily!

Journal Entry 19 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Thursday, July 06, 2006
I must confess a weakness for retellings of traditional stories and myths and this one was a pleasure to read! I've always thought that the old Penelope was too good to be true. Atwood's Penelope is a good match for Odysseus and reviving the maidens as chorus girls was a great idea.

The book is now ready to go to CatharinaL.

Journal Entry 20 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Here it goes to CatharinaL in Finland. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 21 by CatharinaL from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, July 13, 2006
The book just arrived in the mail--thanks so much for sending, quico! I'll get to reading this asap.

Journal Entry 22 by CatharinaL from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I really enjoyed reading this book, but, as with anything I've read by Atwood, it left me speechless and unable to comment. Maybe because it was such a complete work on its own; there's no room for anything to add. I liked the story (always been interested in the Greek myths and legends) and especially the writing style and the method. This was intentionally a very easy read, a 'nice' read, and all the little details and the underlying message only start to form after reading the actual book and thinking about the reading experience.

I'll contact the next reader now and send the book on asap. Purple-lilly: thanks again for the ring; quico: thanks for the amazing bookmark from Coimbra!

[08/07/06] Sending the book on to molekilby today!

Journal Entry 23 by molekilby from Brithdir, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, August 11, 2006
Received today. Thanks CatharinaL for sending and Purple-lily for sharing. I signed up for this bookray because I had read Clive Cussler's 'Trojan Odyssey' and felt it may give a different perspective on the story. Will read soon.

Journal Entry 24 by molekilby from Brithdir, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
This was a very quick read as I completed today. A good book and plenty of humour in there between the narrative. It's great to see a story from a different perspective.

I have a number of Atwood's books on my bookshelf (this is the first I've read), and I look forward to getting through them in due course.

This bookray has now been completed (well done folks) and Purple-lily (thanks for sharing) has said that it's up to me what to do next with it. I see there's a number of people with this book on their Wish List and I will select one next month to send it to in order to help me complete my 2006 personal challenge of a RABCK a month (see my bookshelf for details).

Journal Entry 25 by Antheras from Kitchener, Ontario Canada on Thursday, October 26, 2006
Thank you so much for the RABCK! I have wanted to read this for a while so I was very excited to receive your offer. I can't believe how many countries this book has visited. I will try to move it on to a new country when I'm done.

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