Penelopiad
ISBN: 0571239498
EAN13: 9780571239498
Language: English
Publication Date: August 2, 2007
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 0.39" H x 7.64" L x 4.96" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey , Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer's original story, inexplicably hangs Penelope's twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.