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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Atwood can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Her genius is such that I'm not sure that she's really one person. Each of her novels belongs to entirely different genres and her voice can be male, female, old, young, and even not entirely human. I suspect that it may one day be revealed that she is in fact the owner of a bizarre novel-producing labour camp that enslaves writers to produce histories, romances, science-fictions and most every other kind of novel. The real question is how she manages to find and keep such a range of incredibly talented authors producing such wonderfully enjoyable tales.
Having said this, I found the Penelopiad to be not-her-best work. I love the idea of a feminist retelling of Homer's Greek epic. I think she was true to the style and I have no doubt that someone who knows more than my smidgen of Iliad and Odyssey would enjoy multiple references that passed me by. But this novel failed to mesmerise me in the way every other Atwood novel has done. I admired it and enjoyed it but I wasn't enthralled by it.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I think this would, if anything, make for a better movie than a book. The fantastic gods, the wild adventures - they would really lend themselves to the big screen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Read well but the book seems rather inconsequential. Certainly not the typical Atwood book. More like an exercise of some sort.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Very funny and cleverly done in the style of a Greek Tragedy - typical smart stuff from Margaret Atwood
This is an outstanding book by an outstanding author but the narration really adds something to it, especially the songs and rhymes.