Yes, but it would depend on the friend. A fantastic story and a marvelous discourse on the roles of women in Greek Myth, but a bit inaccessible to those unfamiliar with the subject. This is top of the list to recommend to my feminist and anthropologically geared friends. Definitely not top of the list for casual readers.
The chorus of hanged maidens. I adored Atwood's inclusion of this uniquely Greek character(s). The chorus is often the voice of reason, truth, or sobriety. Their plain commentary on Penelope's situation and Odysseus' character was breathtaking, although sometimes painful.
The voice of the chorus. Spot on.
Probably Telemachus. I've always felt so badly for him, but I'd also like to give him a bit of a talking to. It would be a moment to lend him some needed compassion and ego busting, while satisfying my maternal instincts. Bingo.
This is my first foray into Atwood's story telling, and I found that I quite liked it despite some less than glowing reviews. I suppose that means I'll just have to give her best hits a go!
Challenging (of course), Fresh, Awakening
Though this is a non-fiction
No, but I did really enjoy his narration. He carries a great deal of authority, but maintains great accessibility. I imagine him as an older college professor that offers coffee to his students and no excuses for apathy.
I didn't laugh or cry, though my reaction to this book was still significant. Just after listening to the introduction I felt a huge constriction in my chest release. The sense of relief that another was thinking and conversing about these things was immense.
Though I would say first that the discussions in this book are very accessible to both avid readers and the just curious, I must caution that Wright does not shy from his intellectual and academic background. My father is a deep thinker, but not much of a reader. I thought of him often as I listened. Most of the book would have been very enjoyable and interesting to him, but I fear much still would be lost because of the scholastic tone and nature of the content.
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