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"When I was asked to choose a myth to write about, I realized I had chosen already. The story of Atlas holding up the world was in my mind before the telephone call had ended. If the call had not come, perhaps I would never have written the story, but when the call did come, that story was waiting to be written. Rewritten. The recurring language motif of Weight is 'I want to tell the story again.' My work is full of cover versions. I like to take stories we think we know and record them differently. In the retelling comes a new emphasis or bias, and the new arrangement of the key elements demands that fresh material be injected into the existing text. Weight moves far away from the simple story of Atlas's punishment and his temporary relief when Heracles takes the world off his shoulders. I wanted to explore loneliness, isolation, responsibility, burden, and freedom, too, because my version has a very particular end not found elsewhere." -- from Jeanette Winterson's Foreword to Weight
Publisher: New York : Canongate, [2005]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781841957180
1841957186
Branch Call Number: FIC WINTERS 2005
Characteristics: xvi, 151 pages ; 21 cm

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SPPL_János Mar 12, 2018

Winterson retells the Greek myth of Atlas and Heracles, mixing classical and postmodern styles into a brooding, highly original examination of fate and choice.

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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