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Weight by Jeanette Winterson
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May 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in May, 2011

This was a relatively short book and a pretty quick read, but I think that these aspects worked in the book's favor. It reads almost like a poetic essay at times, balancing itself mostly on the feelings of Atlas as he carries the universe. Winterson creates some amazing prose describing the vastness of time and the depth of space. At first, some of the more glib moments put me off, but I got used to them, especially after Heracles (here played as an almost entirely-id man) shows up. There's some passages where the author starts to relate her own experiences as a child, paragraphs where she cites astronomical facts and figures, but it all ends up as layers in the themes she surrounds Atlas. I really liked her writing style and the themes she played with. I'll read more of her books.

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