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Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
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Jun 13, 12

Read in June, 2012

Part of Canongate's Myths series, Smith's modern reimagining of the myth of Iphis (from Ovid's Metamorphoses) takes us to present-day Inverness. Anthea and Imogen, two sisters, work for the Pure company, a dangerously ambitious multi-national conglomerate. As you might expect, the notion of change plays an important role in the story, both on the personal and societal levels. It is also quite overtly political, with some extended musings on water rights and gender issues. It was an enjoyable read, but for some reason I didn't feel completely satisfied when it was over. Smith leaves a lot unexplored, and while I appreciate the overall economy of the book, I would have liked her to dig a bit deeper in some places.

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