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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
by Margaret Atwood | Literature & Fiction
Registered by ReetPetite of Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on 4/30/2006
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by etherea): available


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by ReetPetite from Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 30, 2006

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The story of Odysseus and Penelope 


Journal Entry 2 by ReetPetite from Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 14, 2008

8 out of 10

I thought this would be a difficult read but it was quick, only took 2 hours.
It was all right. 


Journal Entry 3 by ReetPetite from Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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This is a bookray going to:
Bibliovore, Canada
jneni, Singapore
sintra, Germany
KiwiinEngland, Ireland (UK/EU/NZ/ASIA shipping)
pazyryk, Portugal
tempestsans, USA (USA only)

Last person to RABCK or release 


Journal Entry 4 by ReetPetite at Postal release, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 01, 2009

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Posted to Bibliovore 


Journal Entry 5 by jneni on Monday, February 02, 2009

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I got it in the mail today! Thank you Bibliovore for mailing this to me! This is at the top of my TBR pile now. I'll pass it along as soon as I can! :) Thank you ReetPetite for sharing this with us all! :) 


Journal Entry 6 by jneni on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

6 out of 10

I just finished reading this today. Sorry for the delay.

Hm, this is a very unique work by Atwood, but I didn't quite like the story. I felt that it's a bit too shallow. I understand that the novel is overflowing with 'feminism', although Atwood denied it. I thought the writing style is OK but... I just don't find the story very enticing. In fact, I feel it's a bit over the top.

I'll pm sintra for her address and drop this in the mail next week!

Thanks for including me! 


Journal Entry 7 by jneni at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Finally got this out to sintra in Germany! I'm awfully sorry for holding on to the book for such a long time! :( Hope you enjoy it sintra! 


Journal Entry 8 by sintra from Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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I just collected the book at the post office and started reading on my way home.

Thanks for the bookring and the greetings from Singapore! :-) 


Journal Entry 9 by sintra from Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, April 19, 2009

9 out of 10

I definitely enjoyed reading this book, though I wouldn't say it's Atwood's best novel. I like modern literary adaptations of classic myths, especially those offering a different angle on the story (Christa Wolf has done a terrific job with Cassandra and Medea which I can highly recommend). The chorus parts with the twelve maids were quite interesting and entertaining as was Penelope's account of the afterlife. I also liked the recurring issue of myth-making.

Thanks for this bookring! The book will be on its way again as soon as I have the address of the next reader. 


Journal Entry 10 by kiwiinengland from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, May 16, 2009

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Thank you for sending on this book. I enjoyed another of Canongates myth series books so look forward to reading this.

This arrived while I was away from work, hence the delay in journalling. Will read ASAP.
 


Journal Entry 11 by kiwiinengland from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Friday, May 22, 2009

9 out of 10

I enjoyed this retelling of a story I studied at school. It is interesting to think about how many myths have been lost, especially when societies went from matriarch to patriarch leadership.

I enjoyed the maids acting as a choir, very Greek.

The ending was a bit lacklustre, but overall a book I would recommend to others.
 


Journal Entry 12 by kiwiinengland at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, May 25, 2009

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Posted to the next participant in Portugal. I hope the postal system is faster than when I tried to send a letter to New Zealand which took 4 weeks to arrive.

Happy reading 


Journal Entry 13 by pazyryk from Torres Vedras, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Just arrived. Thanks for sending it Kiwiin. Next to be read. 


Journal Entry 14 by pazyryk from Torres Vedras, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

8 out of 10

"Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can´t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does."

I had never read anything of Margaret Atwood, and this first really was a nice surprise. A very humorous way of telling the story of Penelope and her 12 maids.
I already have the adress of tempestsans and I'll send the book as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 15 by tempestsans from Canton, Georgia USA on Thursday, July 09, 2009

9 out of 10

well i must apologize as i truly believed i had journaled this one when it arrived a couple of days ago - i even recall typing that it would be next on my list as i was more than 1/2 way through my read at the time! wow, my brain really is going to mush!

at any rate - it arrived safely and has been thoroughly enjoyed already. liked getting the story again but more from the feminine points of view of Penelope and the maids. will be checking to see if i can fulfill a wishlist wish for someone with this and get it moving again quickly.

thanks much for including me in the ray! i do love atwood. 


Journal Entry 16 by tempestsans at Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 09, 2009

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well how cool is that! i pull up the wishlist and at the top sits etherea for whom i'm packaging a few goodies as part of my Christmas in July RABCK. this book will go along in the package to fulfill her wish and enjoy another reader! 


Journal Entry 17 by wingethereawing from Little Rock, Arkansas USA on Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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What a great surprise! I was thrilled to get a book from my wishlist as well as some cool handmade bookmarks in the mail!
This book has quite a history. I'm so glad to be a part of that history!
Thank you tempestsans! 


Journal Entry 18 by wingethereawing from Little Rock, Arkansas USA on Tuesday, August 04, 2009

9 out of 10

This moved right to the top of Mt TBR!
I enjoyed this re-telling of the story of Odysseus and Penelope from her point of view. I think the maids acting as chorus was brilliant!
I was surprised that it ended up being such a quick read.
This book is now looking for its next home:) 


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