thewriteratwork @ : Are the women reading?
I missed the August read, On Love
; for those who read it, any thoughts? I requested it from the library and then never picked it up (shame on me); hopefully September's book won't suffer the same fate. (If only the library were easier to get to...) Did anyone read The Penelopiad
? I'm very curious to see what others think...
I read the Penelopiad this year. It was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be, though the reocurring image of the hanged maids and their songs got irritating to me after a while.
What I enjoyed most about it were the glimpses of the afterlife (a long-dead Penelope narrates the tale) and how the various ancient heroes adapted to their deaths.
But boy, wasn't she bitchy about Helen of Troy?? :)
I enjoyed it more than I expected, too, as I'm not a real Atwood fan. I wasn't wild about it, though, which is sad, as it's exactly my kind of book. I can't quite put my finger on it. I found the academic explanation at the end interesting but a bit jarring; but I did like Penelope's characterization, like her Helen angst.
I tried to start Penelopiad about 3 times... I just can't find an edge to get into it, which is disappointing as it should be right up my alley... although I admit I find Atwood to be a very spotty writer, I either love her books, or am utterly indifferent.
I didn't even start On Love, which is partly laziness, but I really dislike Alain de Botton's tone, to the degree that I get so irritated I probably wouldn't notice if he said stuff which was good.
I felt that way about Winterson's Weight -- it was yawn inducing, and felt very Winterson-esque, in the worst way: at moments, I felt like I was reading a different novel of hers, as if she had poached sentences from her previous books.
What blurbs I have read of On Love made my teeth hurt, but it's always good for me to read something I would typically ignore...