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Ithaca Forever
Ithaca Forever: Penelope Speaks, A Novel | Luigi Malerba
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After twenty years, Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca, but instead of receiving the homecoming he had hoped for finds himself caught in an intense battle of wills with his faithful and long-suffering wife Penelope. When Penelope recognizes him under the guise of a beggar, she becomes furious with him for not trusting her enough to include her in his plans for ridding the palace of the Suitors. As a result, she plays her own game of fictions to make him suffer for this lack of faith, inspiring jealousy, self-doubt, and misgivings in her husband, the legendary Homeric hero. In this captivating retelling of the Odyssey, Penelope rises as a major force with whom to be reckoned. Shifting between first-person reflections, Ithaca Forever reveals the deeply personal and powerful perspectives of both wife and husband as they struggle for respect and supremacy within a marriage that has been on hold for twenty years. Translated by PEN award-winner Douglas Grant Heise, Luigi Malerbas novel gives us a remarkable version of this greatest work of western literature: Odysseus as a man full of doubts and Penelope as a woman of great depth and strength.
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rwmg
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Mehso-so

The story of Odysseus's homecoming, told alternatively from Odysseus's and Penelope's point of view.

For much of this book I felt it was just a re-telling of the second half of the Odyssey which stuck too close to the original. It was only after Odysseus (disguised as the beggar) and Penelope met and the two tricksters start manoeuvring round each other that I really thought we were getting anything new.

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Tamra
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Pickpick

Loved it! 💜 Penelope gets her revenge and Odysseus gets to remain true to his exaggeratory & vainglorious nature. I won‘t spoil it by revealing how! Ingenious though.

A testament to the rich imagination and humanity of Homeric lit that the stories live on thru retellings that never feel stale.

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Tamra
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She‘s back again this morning......and moves far more quickly than I would have imagined. 🐌

GingerAntics She‘s tiny!!! 2y
bibliobliss 🥰 2y
Cathythoughts She‘s great ! Has she a name ?! 2y
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Tamra @Cathythoughts hmmmmm 🤔 I think Penelope is fitting for my current read. 2y
Cathythoughts Very good 💫😁 2y
Megabooks Love Penelope! 2y
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Tamra
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“Idiotic” is right! 😜

Sharpeipup What a cute bookmark! 2y
ladym30 That bookmark is adorable!❤️ 2y
Tamra @Sharpeipup @ladym30 I like it too! 2y
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Tamra
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My class ends today as soon as I click on submit for the final essay! Woot! This book mail arrived at the perfect moment. 😁😁

I have long had The Snow Leopard on my TBR. That will be a dip in & out read.

Cathythoughts Exciting! Enjoy your book mail. Well done with your course work 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 2y
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you! I‘m looking forward to having my life back momentarily. 😅 2y
LauraBrook Congratulations on the finishing and on your new free time! 💖 2y
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