Myths are never ending stories relentlessly and continually retold. Here it’s the case. This is a book on Penelop. Penelop is now dead, so she can tells her life freely and without fear, form her marriage to Odysseus homecoming, the slaughter of the Suitors and the Maids who’d been disloyal.
The modest and smart Penelop, with tender heart, offers us an unusual and effective portrait of herself, of Helen intolerably beautiful, and of course, of Odysseus, the clever Odysseus, who was too clever for his own Gods; with legs quite short in relation to his body. And give us her own perspective, maybe offer us something that Homer didn’t tell in his poem.
Through her eyes we see Odysseus not as a hero, but as a ordinary man. The wily Odysseus, a great persuader of men and deluder of women, with a deep, sonorous wonderful voice…..
Behind the myth. Beyond the myth.
After this book, now I wish to read on:
Paul Graves, The Greek Myths;
Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth.
Jeannette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
This was an interesting book, though there were bits I could have done without. The thing that most annoys me about Atwood is that I sometimes get a really smug vibe off her books (though strangely I never get that vibe from her in interviews) and this book did have that problem occasionally....Continua