Posted in Ancient Greece Reviews

review: Penelope’s Daughter

Penelope’s Daughter by Laurel Corona In this novel The Odyssey is retold through the eyes of a character Homer never imagined–the daughter Odysseus didn’t know he had. If you know the original story, which, sadly I’ve never read the epic poem in its entirety (we skimmed it in English class), you’ll notice Penelope has no daughter. Of course, this is a creation by the author, although if you read the Afterword you will learn that of the different known narratives of the story, there is a mention of a child born unknowingly to Odysseus–so not so far-fetched after all. Xanthe grows up without an abundance of love and support; her mother trapped on a drab island and seemingly desolate for the husband who never came…

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Posted in 18th Century Reviews

review: Finding Emilie

Finding Emilie by Laurel Corona Set in the decades leading up to the French Revolution, this is a story of two women: Emilie du Chatelet, the love of the famed French writer and philosopher Voltaire, and the daughter she died giving birth to, Stanislas-Adelaide (known in this story as Lili). Shorter chapters are set throughout the book to give us a glimpse and understanding of Emilie’s life and why she chose the path that she did. These anecdotes are needed to reveal how the lives of mother and daughter parallel. Lili’s need to know her mother and the unusual life she lead–information which was being kept from her by her father’s bitter sister-in-law, who ultimately has Lili’s future in her hands–is the keynote to her…

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