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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
Title: The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
Author:Atwood Margaret
Genre: antique myths, prose
Annotation:In Homer s account in The Odyssey, Penelope wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and curiously twelve of her maids. In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged Maids, asking: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? In Atwood s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.
Year:2010 г.
Table of Contents:

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  1. The Penelopiad Margaret Atwood 2005
  2. Introduction
  3.  I. A Low Art
  4.  II. The Chorus Line: Rope-Jumping Rhyme
  5. III   My Childhood
  6. IV.   The Chorus Line: Kiddie Mourn, A Lament by the Maids
  7. V. Asphodel
  8. VI.   My Marriage
  9. VII. The Scar
  10. VIII. The Chorus Line: I Was A Princess, A Popular Tune
  11. IX.   The Trusted Cackle-Hen
  12. X. The Chorus Line: Birth of Telemachus, An Idyll
  13. XI.   Helen Ruins My Life
  14. XII. Waiting
  15. XIII.   The Chorus Line: The Wily Sea Captain, A Sea Shanty
  16. XIV.   The Suitors Stuff Their Faces
  17. XV.   The Shroud
  18. XVI.   Bad Dreams
  19. XVII. The Chorus Line: Dreamboats, A Ballad
  20. XVIII. News of Helen
  21. XIX.   Yelp of Joy
  22. XX.   Slanderous Gossip
  23. XXI.   The Chorus Line: The Perils of Penelope, A Drama
  24. XXII.   Helen Takes a Bath
  25. XXIII.   Odysseus and Telemachus Snuff the Maids
  26. XXIV.   The Chorus Line: An Anthropology Lecture
  27. XXV.   Heart of Flint
  28. XXVI.   The Chorus Line: The Trial of Odysseus, as Videotaped by the Maids
  29. XXVII.   Home Life in Hades
  30. XXIX. The Chorus Line: We ’re Walking Behind A Love Song
  31. XXIX.   Envoi
  32. Notes
  33. Acknowledgements
  34. About the Author


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