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Girl Meets Boy The Myth of Iphis (Paperback)

Author:  Ali Smith
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1847671861
ISBN-13: 9781847671868
Sku: 209200709
Publish Date: 1/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 4.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  164
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From the astonishingly talented writer of "The Accidental "and "Hotel World "comes Ali Smith''s brilliant retelling of Ovid''s gender-bending myth of Iphis and Ianthe, as seen through the eyes of two Scottish sisters. "Girl Meets Boy "is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, and the absurdity of consumerism, as well as a story of reversals and revelations that is as sharply witty as it is lyrical. Funny, fresh, poetic, and political, "Girl Meets Boy "is a myth of metamorphosis for a world made in Madison Avenue''s image, and the funniest addition to the "Myths" series from Canongate since Margaret Atwood''s "The Penelopiad."
In 2005, Canongate Books initiated the marvelous Myth Series by asking numerous authors to write something in relation to a specific myth. Early contributions have included Margaret Atwood's feminist take on THE ODYSSEY, Jeanette Winterson's interpretation of the story of Atlas and Hercules, Victor Pelevin's futuristic version of the minotaur and the labyrinth, and Karen Armstrong's essay on the history and role of mythology in culture.||Whitbread-winning novelist Ali Smith tackles a relatively unknown myth, the story of Iphis and Ianthe from Ovid's METAMORPHOSES. In Ovid's version, a girl raised as boy falls in love with a girl, and is miraculously transformed into a real boy on their wedding night. Smith draws this story into the present, telling the story of two sisters, Anthea and Midge, whose life takes a dramatic shift with the arrival of a cocky, slightly menacing, but dynamic young political activist named Robin. To Midge's shock and dismay, Anthea begins to fall in love with her.


"GIRL MEETS BOY delights because it refuses to stop at a single metamorphosis....its stories multiply and rebound exuberantly, its echoes calling to one another across the pages." - Alex Clark 11/09/2007

"Sublime prose..." 01/12/2009

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