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Ithaca

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If you are looking for a kick-ass feminist retelling, then look elsewhere – that’s not really Penelope’s style anyway as she is more given to quiet wisdom and working the system from the inside rather than busting it open from without. There is something fateful about The Songs of Penelope trilogy: that this voice would come to this story, a pairing so perfect it was worth waiting a few thousand years for. It has been seventeen years since Odysseus left Ithaca to fight in the Trojan War, leaving his young bride Penelope and infant son Telemachus behind. But with infighting between her suitors and deception and betrayal behind every corner, Penelope will need to use every ounce of her cunning and skill if she is to make it through this alive.

Because of the POV style, not because of the prose; the prose is fine, North has some beautifully crafted passages. Penelope is left to fend for herself and her son and run the kingdom of Ithaca with help of her household of maids and advisors. The women in Claire North’s Ithaca - Penelope, her loyal maids and advisors, and the warriors who take it upon themselves to defend their island from threats are brave and intelligent and empower one another when faced with adversity.for those readers who have, you will definitely enjoy heras feminist commentary on the familiar events.

The Goddess of wives and mothers, she has been relegated to a small, joked about role, when once she used to be worshipped and prayed to by all. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that husband is dead, and suitors are starting to knock at her door .

But when I find a book that not only retells one of these timeless stories, it breathes new life into it, it becomes an instant favorite. the story is smoothly told and suspenseful, holding readers' interest through an open-ended finale that invites a sequel.

The book is also very much a historical/general fiction book, like all the Greek mythology retellings that have been coming out in the past five years (I vacillate on what I want to classify that body of works as!I nearly died laughing, and was exceptionally moved too, reading this stylish, dark existential tale: which explores the fine line between the language of dreams and reality, and between the material and mythological world too. The plot expands to cover various maids that serve Penelope, though we perhaps don’t get to know any of them quite as much as we’d like (Priene is a standout for sure). And through the prism of Jason's energetic first-person narrative - that's bursting with black humour, tenderness, and emotion in equal measure - the socially deprived world he is growing up in comes into focus with absolute clarity . And hearing from Hera how much of herself she saw in these queens, how she had experienced the same, really drove home the fact that height of station did nothing to spare these women.

This is the story of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and is the story that the ancient poets would not tell.Ithaca is an island of women, young boys and old men; all the eligible men having sailed to Troy in pursuit of Helen alongside Odysseus. My thanks to NetGalley and Redhook Books for allowing me to review this book, which will be published on September 6th, 2022.



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