I was pleasantly surprised by this different Atwood style. This novella tells the tale of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and her side of the Odyssey events.
What captured my attention and kept me flipping the pages as fast as my reading eyes would allow, were interludes by the twelve maid chorus. Twelve maids that were believed to have been disloyal (wrong!) and were hanged by no other than Odysseus himself. They tell us their version of the story from beyond the western horizon. The mental image of their feet twitching is scarring.
Just the right amount of humor, wit and eerie feeling, à la Atwood, of course.
I give it :
4/5 on the scale of Awesome
5/5 on the scale of Something-Different-Worth-A-Shot
Friday, January 8, 2010
Quickie Book Review: "Penelopiad" by Margaret Atwood
I've never read anything by Margaret Atwood, but after reading my friend Marie's quickie review on her blog, Debriefed, I might have to add Atwood to my queue: