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Book Confluence: The Penelopiad

 For our first book club selection, we’ll be discussing  Margaret Atwood’s novella,  The Penelopiad: The Myth of Odysseus and Penelope

The Penelopiad retells the story of Homer’s epic poem, Odyssey, from the point of view of Odysseus’s wife Penelope.  Atwood’s Penelope seeks to set the record straight.  While Homer characterizes Penelope as a loyal, faithful wife, Atwood’s Penelope views her husband as a con, remarking “I knew he was tricky and a liar, I just didn’t think he would play his tricks and try out his lies on me.” 

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The Book Confluence

A meeting of great books and good friends

As we drift into summer and an uninspiring election season of two sub-par presidential candidates, we Conflucians will no doubt desire new topics of conversation.  We’ll need something to break up the monotony of the continual back and forth between Candidate A and Candidate B over who is more beholden to lobbyists, whose wife has the better cookie recipe, who better represents the Hillary voters, whose VP is more conservative, who appeals more to Evangelicals, who is the greater monger(war or hope), who has the biggest…well, you get the point.  Face it, after one of the most exciting primary seasons of most of our lifetimes, where a gifted, inspirational leader emerged and grew stronger with each passing contest, we’re left with two guys who  “straight talk” but can’t shoot straight.  No better time for a little summer reading. Continue reading