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Fiction Book Club - THE PENELOPIAD by Margaret Atwood

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
East City Bookshop

At our January meeting we will discussThe Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.


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. Penelope and her maids tell their side of the story in Atwood's witty and wise novel.