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Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

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ISBN10: 1841957186
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Atlas knows how it feels to carry the weight of the world; but why, he asks himself, does it have to be carried at all? And when you have eternity to ponder this question, the brief reprieve offered by Heracles — the only man strong enough to borrow the burden — can force you to demand an answer from the gods. But maybe the gods don't know the answer. Or maybe the right questions were never asked before...

It's time the story was retold.

With wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson brings Atlas into the space age, and sets him free at last. Simultaneously, she asks her own difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, and how we forge our own destiny. Visionary and inventive, yet completely believable and relevant to the questions we ask ourselves every day, Winterson's skill in turning the familiar on its head and showing us a different truth is once more put to dazzling effect.

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"Weight is a masterpiece. As one of the inaugural volumes of the innovative Canongate myths series, it rewrites and reconfirms what fiction is, was, and might become." Scotland On Sunday

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"Winterson's embrace of the mythic landscape is evident in her rich imagery....In Winterson's telling, this absurdly unlikely image is so right, so cathartic, that one can well imagine the old myth having waited for this element to complete it." Caroline Alexander, New York Times Book Review

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"Winterson focuses on Atlas's bamboozlement by Heracles...with promiscuous wit and exuberant fantasy....[Winterson] produces some exquisitely filmic prose that is almost mythopoetic." The Independant (U.K.)

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"[A] touching meditation on the difficult journey to self-knowledge, and also extremely funny, communicating verve and wit." The Guardian (U.K.)

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"Inspired by a Titan, she begins appropriately on a titanic scale, writing about the heavens and the earth, and astronomy and geology and bringing her musings home to the human scale." The Sunday Times (U.K.)

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The award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit turns her talents to the story of Atlas, whose job was to hold up the world — a story of loneliness, isolation, responsibility, burden, and freedom.

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Anaya, September 1, 2006 (view all comments by Anaya)
Winterson spins an orginal and beguilling tale of fairy tale and greek mythology, bringing the story of centuries-old story of Atlas and Heracles into British modern times. Indeed "Weight" is a beautiful retelling with a sweet ending that make Winterson's contemporary audience feel trapped in the illusion that we need to shoulder the weight of the world on ourselves.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781841957180
Subtitle:
The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
Author:
Winterson, Jeanette
Publisher:
Canongate U.S.
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Heracles (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Fiction-Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Atlas (Greek deity)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Myths, The
Publication Date:
November 9, 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 9.5 lb

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Product details 176 pages Canongate Books - English 9781841957180 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Weight is a masterpiece. As one of the inaugural volumes of the innovative Canongate myths series, it rewrites and reconfirms what fiction is, was, and might become."
"Review" by , "Winterson's embrace of the mythic landscape is evident in her rich imagery....In Winterson's telling, this absurdly unlikely image is so right, so cathartic, that one can well imagine the old myth having waited for this element to complete it."
"Review" by , "Winterson focuses on Atlas's bamboozlement by Heracles...with promiscuous wit and exuberant fantasy....[Winterson] produces some exquisitely filmic prose that is almost mythopoetic."
"Review" by , "[A] touching meditation on the difficult journey to self-knowledge, and also extremely funny, communicating verve and wit."
"Review" by , "Inspired by a Titan, she begins appropriately on a titanic scale, writing about the heavens and the earth, and astronomy and geology and bringing her musings home to the human scale."
"Synopsis" by , The award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit turns her talents to the story of Atlas, whose job was to hold up the world — a story of loneliness, isolation, responsibility, burden, and freedom.
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