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Poor Penelope (and poor maids)!,
This review is from: The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths) (Paperback)
Firstly, had I been browsing in a bookshop the cover of this book would never have tempted me to look inside (foil effect - bad choice!). I'd read the synopsis on this site however, which is what prompted me to buy it. Using Homer's Odyssey and Robert Graves' The Greek Myths, Margaret Attwood has made an attempt to construct Penelope's role as seen through the eyes of Penelope. Interesting to read the author's interpretation of her character but, as you may imagine, one can't expect a wife's 20-year wait for her husband to make a thrilling story, especially as the author chose to stick to the story of Penelope's fidelity! It did contain some sage comments and one I particularly liked was: ' ....... it's always an imprudence to step between a man and the reflection of his own cleverness'. How true!!