My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this one on the recommendation of the lovely Jean at Bookishthoughts and thoroughly enjoyed it!
– So this is a modern retelling of the story of Penelope and Odysseus which can be found in Homer’s account in The Odyssey. Penelope and Odysseus are well known and their story is one that has been told many times – this time however we delve much deeper and Margaret Atwood shares the tale of Penelope and her aspiring suitors plus that of the twelve handmaids whom Odysseus executed upon his return.
– I loved the format of this novel – it was incredibly easy to digest with a mixture of prose and poetry. This is my first read from Atwood and I can’t wait to get my hands on more. The writing style was great and I found myself chuckling away at various moments.
– The portrayal of Penelope was undoubtedly my favourite aspect of the novel – she was constantly outwitting the men (although never letting them know that fact) and she always had a plan up her sleeve. She was always aware of what others had to say about her but never gave in – this is what makes for a ‘strong’ female lead. Simply fantastic!
– 5 out of 5 stars and I’m actually hoping for some recommendations for novels that are similar to this one so let me know if you have any 🙂