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Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
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Dec 30, 07

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Recommended for: people who with a spare six hours

now. i read this book in two sittings. it's really rather short. it's a contemporary retelling of the myth of iphis and ianthe, part of ovid's metamorphoses series (Pygmalion, which is the source for my fair lady, is also part of this). and these are the facts. is the book any good? i'm not sure. sometimes, it managed to send me to a world only just different than ours, but somewhat more magical, and at times, it feels clunky. I think what it succeeds or fails on is this - the plot is a bit of a device, and with it being so short, there's not a lot of time to grow the charactors... but, and here's the rub, is it beautiful in its telling? i don't know! i need to read it again. i'd say if you find a copy, read it, it won't take you long. it won't be a waste of time, but i suspect it might leave you wanting a little more depth in it.
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