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The Penelopiad
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
Publication date September 10, 2006
Pages 199
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781841957982
ISBN-10 1841957984
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $13.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Margaret Atwood returns with a shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope. Describing her own remarkable vision, the author writes in the foreword, “I’ve chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn’t hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself.” One of the high points of literary fiction in 2005, this critically acclaimed story found a vast audience and is finally available in paperback.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781841957173
 
Large print edition from Isis Large Print Books (June 30, 2006)
9780753176320 | details & prices | 144 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $35.50
About: In the Odyssey, Penelope is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife.
from Canongate Books Ltd (November 9, 2005)
9781841957173 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Presents the cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781841957982
 
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Reprint edition from Canongate Books Ltd (September 10, 2006)
9781841957982 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $13.00
About: The author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin presents a cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence.

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