"Homer's Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local - a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another... "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." From Margaret Atwood's Introduction to The Penelopiad
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About the Author
Born in Ottawa in 1939, MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than thirty internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, which she won with her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin; other prizes she has won include the Giller Award in Canada for Alias Grace and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for The Robber Bride. Margaret Atwood is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has been awarded the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit, the French Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and is a Foreign Honorary Member for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Toronto.