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Pride Unbound

If you missed it, a group of today's leading novelists have undertaken to rewrite the great ancient myths. It's nauseating. Here's a link; here are excerpts:

"The mission of the literati, headed by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, is the modern rewriting of dozens of ancient myths by the world's leading novelists”“with the books to be issued simultaneously in 30 languages around the globe."

"Atwood, who won 2002's Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin, is 'reinterpreting' the epic Trojan War-era tale of Odysseus and Penelope. She intends to turn the telling of the 2,500-year-old Greek classic upside down with a heroine-centred narrative called The Penelopiad."

"'The story as told in The Odyssey doesn't hold water; there are too many inconsistencies,' Atwood said of Homer's original story in a statement released at the London Book Fair, where the landmark series, The Myths was announced."

At least that dumb old Homer understood hubris.