Susan Rose's Reviews > Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

Weight by Jeanette Winterson
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Jun 15, 12

bookshelves: adaptations-parodies, novella
Read from June 13 to 15, 2012

This novella is a adaption of the Atlas myth with a bit of Hercules and a smidge of Zeus and Hera thrown in to the mix. (It is also a part of the Canongate Myths Series which contains similar books i.e. adaptations of myths by popular authors).

The book is divided into small sections some focusing on Hercules (spelt Heracles)some on Atlas some on Jeanette Winterson herself, which anyone who likes Oranges are not the only fruit or Why be happy when you can be normal? will enjoy.

I personally think Winterson is always at her best when she is manipulating pre-existing stories whether it be fairy tales, biblical stories, or mythology and this is no different. The narrative voice like in other books of hers is direct and humourous, and there are themes of misogyny and gender roles.

I would say there are some very explicit sexual references so it might not be the right read for younger audiences.
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