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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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That privilege belongs to another young woman who has come to serve in the household, Melantho. A study of love and loss, constancy and betrayal, and true heartbreak versus false. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And like her other novel, I think Ithaca has the power to get a reader to do more research into the classic mythology its literature, As a teacher, I appreciate that. 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.

She has also won prizes for her poetry and was a joint winner of the Smith Doorstop Poetry Pamphlet Award, offered by the publisher of that name.

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It has the classic spin of an ancient greek myth with gods and goddesses, written in a story format that made it much easier and enjoyable to read. Lovers of Greek mythology will appreciate the authentic flavor of this book, but readers need not be familiar with The Odyssey to follow the plot or to recognize themes of loyalty and unrequited love, which are brilliantly and movingly displayed throughout this ambitious, gripping novel.


They both continued to pray to the Goddesses to protect Odysseus. Ithaka even showed the feelings of Odysseus’s dog Argos, who waited for twenty years- long past when he should have died, just for one last glimpse of the face of the master he loved.

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 as Penelope is pressured to remarry. She and her twin brother Ikarios were raised by her Grandmother as was Penelope’s own son Telemachus. The other is Penelope herself.

But we’re not going to that particular battlefield. It has a large focus on what happens in Ithaka while Odysseus is traveling back home. I was excited that this book was going to be about Penelope, but it also incorporated other characters that were very important to her story.

From the suicide of Antikleia, to the return of Odysseus, back-to-back events have you itching to read the yeras chapter; the next page. While Penelope anxiously awaits her husband’s return from battle, trouble arises as suitors, convinced that Odysseus is dead, invade the court demanding that the queen choose one of them to marry.

No eBook available Amazon. There’s something for everyone here, with mystery, romance, and action-adventure. As the weeks and months go by, the cruel and barbaric Lords turn to ever more vile methods to force Penelope into choosing one of them. Ithaka turns our attention to the story addele Penelope.

Review: Ithaka by Adèle Geras | Books | The Guardian

Penelope is promised that Odysseus will return home safely if, and only if, she remains constant and unchanging. Finish this FAST – otherwise you’ll end up dropping it. The ending was beautiful and just what my heart desired.


I enjoyed this book much more than “Troy” by Geras.

Then many suitors and Lord Leodes came to Ithaka. When a writer chooses to develop a well known myth with gerad characters it seems that there are two ways to go: She incorporates her own style, without losing the traditional spirit of what was already there.

Turns out I really enjoyed reading Ithaka. Penelope is not sought after because of love, but because of her wealth and the lands she will soon possess if she gives her husband up for dead. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about Greek mythology or just reading in general.


Adeele Adele Geras No preview available – I get it that it’s a double 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.

They end up falling in love at the end of the story, and also, Telemachus is free from Melantho adelle this time. The characters’ stories develop well, defined by their actions and faith.