The PenelopiadeBook - 2005
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Lyric Opera Book Club: The Penelopiad
The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood, is a shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of The Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?
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"Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does."
— Margaret Atwood (The Penelopiad)
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