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In this sequel to Troy, Geras once again shows her skill at Ithaka. Adele Geras, Author. Harcourt $17 (p) ISBN A companion piece for the author’s Troy ()—and another definitive example of storytelling so character-driven that nearly everything. Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and Penelope is still waiting for her husband, Odysseus, to return home. The city of Ithaka is overrun.

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She incorporates her own style, without losing the traditional spirit of what was already there. May 31, Michaella rated it really liked it. This book would not have been my first choice; the cover looked boring and the summary on the back of the book didn’t hook me.

ITHAKA by Adèle Geras | Kirkus Reviews

Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and Penelope is still waiting for her husband, Odysseus, to return home. Penelope is visited by the goddess Pallas Ihtaka. Would Penelope have had a lover? While I found the characters lacking, I did enjoy the premise of the novel and the pace of the actions. Bit of a disappointment You get to know what all of the suitors are like much more than in anything I have read before.

The reunion of Penelope and Odyssus was well written. Why are people so angry at the suggestion when we know Odysseus had several supernatural sexual encounters that lasted for years? The author’s feminist perspective once again adds a fresh, thought-provoking twist to the classic tale.

She soon learns about love and the matters of the heart, however, when she becomes infatuated with Odysseus’s troublesome son, Telemachus. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Addele Preview See a Problem? Selected pages Title Page.


There are heart-breaking tragedies as the young characters cannot see beyond the lies they are told. It was a great book that examines the nuances of human emotions and the trials and tribulations that life has to offer.

View Full Version of PW. Why do they protect her? Meanwhile Klymene has fallen in love with Telemachus, her mistress’s son, and must de Ithaka was a great book, that pulled you right into the setting of ancient Greece.


The Best Books of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- Juvenile Fiction – pages. Because these women stand in their way. Klymene struggles to deal with the many uprising issues in her life, including the many suitors that vie for Penelope’s attention, and what exactly her relationship with Mydon is.

She was used to the way men sometimes behaved, but it was exhausting. She would wait forever for her beloved husband to return. I hate it when characters die in books unless it’s actually important to the story or it makes me feel like I miss them afterwards. Klymene’s faith and courage are repeatedly tested as the suitors reek havoc in the palace and her chances of winning Telemachus’ heart seem to grow dimmer each day.

May 06, Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it Shelves: At the end of the Odyssey I felt such joy at the two being reunited and yet in this retelling I didn’t feel that same joy, because of Penelope. Melantho, unsurprisingly, is more than happy to be molested. The adlee children are inseparable during their childhoods.

Gwras such pressure could any heart remain constant? The myth of the Odyssey contains gedas little about what is happening back in Ithaca, and I like thinking about what could be going through the mind of a woman left for twenty years to rule a kingdom and raise a child all with very little contact and then none at all with her husband.

Telemachus ends up falling in love with her, which breaks Klymene’s heart. It’s perfectly possible to love two men at the same time.

Children’s Book Review: Ithaka by Adele Geras, Author . Harcourt $17 (p) ISBN

Narrated by Klymene, a girl who is almost like a daughter to Penelope. It follows the different characters perspectives in a way that makes since and goes in-depth into them all. She helps carry her burden and gives her courage to remain constant. As they grow into adolescence, the dynamic of their relationship changes.

Aug 20, Christal rated it really liked it. That privilege belongs to another young woman who has come to serve in the household, Melantho.

Penelope’s loom

Is it right to expect her to be dutifu The mystery surrounding the epic wait and loyalty of Ithaca’s famed Queen Penelope is ripe with story possibility, so I am not surprised that Ithkaa Geras chose to explore it.


Which was kind of interesting in that weird chicklit way Klymene is a heroine aedle can sympathize with, and the appearance ithakka several Greek gods adds spice to the story. Told through the eyes of Klymene, a young girl who is like a daughter to Penelope–and who longs for more than friendship from the young prince Telemachus– Ithaka captures the quiet strength and patience of a woman’s enduring love for her husband and the ensuing chaos that threatens all geas Penelope is pressured to remarry.

But without doubt the thing that annoyed me most about this book was the use of the gods. But otherwise, the book was pretty interesting, because the author writes fairly well and the characters are mostly likeable except the ones, of course, you’re supposed to hate. I know some people complained it didn’t entirely follow the original story but some elements were changed for the better IMO.

I get it that it’s a itahka standard that O can have sexual encounters with goddessess and somehow that’s okay but it’s not okay for Penelope, but that flies in the face of their first encounter when he returns still disguised as a beggar, which this book completely fails at capturing both of their cunning, cleverness, and delight in seeing each other.

This book was not only very easy to comprehend and follow along to but it was also very interesting and entertaining. The goddess Athene has laid a terrible burden on Penelope; she must stay in Ithaka, weaving the story of Odysseus’s journeys into the tapestry on her loom. The book not only shows you how it effects the family, but how the friends and ighaka just aquantances and coworkers are effected, in a way.

The story is full of bitter-sweet moments, of longing and of the very human need to be loved.