On the Margins No More: A Review of The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

In The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood gives voice to Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, and her twelve maids who remained voiceless in Homer’s Odyssey. The book alternates chapters between Penelope’s monologues and singing choruses by the twelve hanged maids (by Odysseus). Atwood replays the myths to bring the marginalised into the centre of the narrative. Odysseus…