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Ithaca

Auteur(s): Claire North
Narrateur(s): Catrin Walker-Booth
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From the multi-award-winning author Claire North comes a daring reimagining that breathes life into ancient myth and gives voice to the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men. It’s time for the women of Ithaca to tell their tale . . . .

Seventeen years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the island of Ithaca. None of them has returned, and the women of Ithaca have been left behind to run the kingdom.

Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. While he lived, her position was secure. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that her husband is dead, and suitors are beginning to knock at her door. 

No one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus' empty throne—not yet. But everyone waits for the balance of power to tip, and Penelope knows that any choice she makes could plunge Ithaca into bloody civil war. Only through cunning, wit, and her trusted circle of maids, can she maintain the tenuous peace needed for the kingdom to survive. 

This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca’s shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women—and their goddesses—that will change the course of the world.

©2022 Claire North (P)2022 Redhook

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Claire North brings a powerful, fresh, and unflinching voice to ancient myth—darkly fascinating, raw and breathtaking."—Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

"Like Penelope at her loom, North weaves and unweaves, teasing out the threads of Homeric myth to recombine them into something unique, wonderful, and urgently contemporary." —M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts 

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Looking forward to the next installment

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I decided to give it a try after listening to Circe by Madeline Miller, a great book. The narrator does a very good job. I enjoy listening to female narrators and it is particularly appropriate when the story is told largely from the perspectives of women. The story itself builds slowly but deliberately. The ending wraps up the central issues in the book but clearly leaves open the continuation of the story in the second book of the trilogy which is set to come out in 2023. Some reviewers did not like Hera as the narrator, but I think she adds some fun to the story with her biting comments about gods and humans. Not quite as good as Circe but I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

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Great story

I truly enjoyed this book. Having never read the story before I enjoyed it although you need a fair understanding of the gods and their roles I found.

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Difficult to follow at first

I don’t know if it’s because I was listening instead of reading, but at first I struggled with all the characters! The narrator’s voice was soothing and I did enjoy the story a lot in the end. But it took a while to get into it.

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