Author: Margaret Atwood
Summary: For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband fights in the Trojan war is not a simple business. Already aggravated that he has been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over a hundred lustful, greedy and bloodthirsty suitors at bay . . .
And then Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he brutally hangs Penelope's twelve beloved maids, What were his motives? And what was Penelope herself up to? In the Penelopiad, Atwood has given Penelope a wise and witty voice to tell her own story and set the record for good.
My Rating: 8.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this short novel on the myth behind Odysseus and Penelope. It was an interesting take on the myth and shows Atwood's ability to take something and twist it to showcase her whit and creativity, she's a great storyteller and this is another example of it.
I really enjoyed how Atwood decided to tell the story, alternating between the narrative of Penelope and her telling her story, as she sits in the afterlife and the verses told by the twelve maids. The maids perspective added a fun twist to the story and helped add an extra perspective to theirs and Penelope's death. The book is written very well and is able to explore the myth of Odysseus in a short amount of time and I wasn't left with the feeling that there wasn't enough time to explore all the characters, when I finished I did feel like they were well developed, although I did wish I could have had a bit more time with them.
As I mentioned above it was a short read and I wished there was more to it than there was, the story had an ending and the characters were well developed, but I would have liked a longer story, I wasn't ready to leave the mythological world behind. I also wish (and perhaps there is) that the series this book belongs to was available as a whole collection - not just individual books, otherwise it was a good read and a good choice for a warm summer evening.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it has Atwood's wit, along with some mythological fiction, which made for a nice read. It's a good book to read on a rainy day.
What to read next: I'd read more books on mythology - this book is part of a series (Myths Series)written by multiple authors, so it may be worth checking out.
Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V, Global Reading Challenge