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Ithaca

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A familiarity with the Greek pantheon and many of the stories in Greek mythology is essential to understanding Hera’s quips and barbs and references—the source of much of the humor in the narrative. 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. This isn't a bad book, yes hard to read and follow, and yes there are a lot of names and people who seem their existence wasn't necessary, but it is a GOOD story, not perfect, though I like to read the next book. Hera, as a narrator, does not mince her words –be it on her opinions about her husband’s amorous exploits or her true feeling about her stepchildren, her observations on Penelope’s suitors or her biased opinions of the Grecian queens among whom Clytemnestra is her favorite.

If the writing ever killed a story, this came close, and it makes me sad because I really like Penelope and this interpretation of her story didn't work for me solely because of the writing and POV style.

actually yeah I am sick and tired of “feminist” “retellings” of ancient classics, because I’m tired of the “feminist” label being slapped on otherwise mediocre books as a marketing ploy to make them seem somehow more important than they are in reality, which is: not that fucking much! I’ve always disliked Hera, but in the past year or so I’ve read multiple books that showcased facets of her I had never considered. There are so many threats, pretty much every event spawning a series of routes with terrible outcomes that Penelope has to walk. She also holds nothing back while voicing her own brutally honest opinions about some of the "heroes" and how poets and bards wax eloquent while singing praises of their exploits, often neglecting to mention the contributions of their female counterparts or the lesser known mortals who have played an important role in their success. for those readers who have, you will definitely enjoy heras feminist commentary on the familiar events.

Having read Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad recently and loving it, I had hoped to hear more about Penelope and her maids and the events in Ithaca during Odysseus’s absence from Penelope’s perspective. In the meantime, his vodka-swilling, swings-from-the-hip Ma is busy entertaining her latest boyfriend and indulging her fondness for joyriding.

The addition of this being told from Hera’s POV though is what really takes the feminist undertone to a new level.

Between Penelope’s many suitors, a cold war of dubious alliances and hidden knives reigns, as everyone waits for the balance of power to tip one way or another. It was a nice choice that helped maintain some pace in this book – which is otherwise rather slow paced. My one main complaint about this book was that the narration by Hera was sometimes very annoying and the writing bothered me at times. She observes the action from the vantage point of a goddess with a bird’s-eye view of Ithaca, zooms in to its more intimate spaces, and gives access to men only conversations and gatherings denied to women.

Jason's] relationship with his ma is bedevilled by his lack of understanding, his observation of the adult world is often very funny indeed, and there’s a poignancy and depth that give Jason’s odyssey that extra fillip. However, there was a lot of more modern language thrown in and, while this generally added a humorous tone to an otherwise dark and depressing tale, it did throw me the first few times. From the multi award-winning Claire North comes a daring, exquisite and moving tale that breathes life into ancient myth, and tells of the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men. 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.



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