The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood - Canongate Books (2005)
Now that I'm dead I know everything...
Helen was a siren
my measure of all things I can't be...
and don't wish to be
most of the time
who needs beauty if there is no secure happiness...
But I am no role model...
My father wanted to gift me to water when I was just a child...
That had no clear or pleasant explanation...
my mother was a Naiaid
spirited in all things water
No surprise that her wedding advice involved water...
Remember you are half water.
If you can't go through an obstacle go around it.
(my apparent husband)
He simply had to keep travelling
So if water is meant to be the supreme cleanser
Why did my life feature
So much blood?
MY GOODREADS REVIEW
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Unusual...creative...But I'm not sure...Penelope, Odysseus' wife endeavours to present her story from ancient spirit worlds...Penelope is adamant that her life amounted to far more than years of loom weaving and staving off suitors while she waited for Odysseus to return from his travels...She wants to embellish? the legend record with a little help from 12 maidens, who intersperse the narrative with the traditional Greek Chorus line...Is she a weaver of dreams just as Odysseus seemed to be? Were they really the perfect match? Should we sympathise or judge?
Overall, an unsettling departure from Margaret Atwood's accustomed style... little evidence of rich and lingering turns of phrase...
And is the chorus a little too burlesquish?
It's all so different...unusual...creative...But I'm not sure...
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