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With wit and verve, the prize-winning author of Sexing the Cherry and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit brings the mythical figure of Atlas into the space age and sets him free at last. In her retelling of the story of a god tricked into holding the world on his shoulders and his brief reprieve, she sets difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, how we choose our own destiny and at the same time can liberate ourselves from our seeming fate. Weight is a daring, seductive addition to Canongate's ambitious series of myths by the world's most acclaimed authors.
Publisher: [United States] : Canongate U.S. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9780802197825
0802197825
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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forbesrachel Apr 01, 2013

Both the characters of Atlas and Herakles are given a new light; Atlas in a good way, and Herakles in a bad way. The tale is namely about Atlas though, for we hear from him how the world began, and ultimately feel the passing of time go by even until the age where the gods are no more. Thought-provoking, and somewhat sad, this is a tale for any lover of Greek myths.

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teatreetiffany
Sep 15, 2011

Before I read this I read Margaret Atwood's Penelopeaid. Love you Ms. Atwood, but this retelling of greek myth is a fresh and poetic rendering, not just the beleaguered minority finally having its voice (a good cause in real life, not the most effective story-telling strategy).
Winterson's novel is about the cosmos and the struggle between will and responsibility.
This is a good antidote to Ayn Rand.

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Mar 12, 2017

"A free man never thinks of escape."

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