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3.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,807 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Na jarenlang verwaarloosd te zijn geweest door het jongetje dat ooit veel van hem hield, neemt Winkie het lot in eigen handen. Hij werpt zich van zijn plank, springt het raam uit en trekt het bos in. Maar net als hij de geneugten van mobiliteit, onafhankelijkheid en zelfs ware liefde heeft ontdekt, raakt hij verstrikt in een samenleving die is dolgedraaid door angst en par ...more
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Published 2006
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Jul 17, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I dunno, dude.

Bear comes alive, gets mistaken for terrorist. Sounds vaguely interesting. Unfortunately, the writing is so dry, it really isn't.

Besides, the entire thing reads like an inside joke you're not allowed in on -- allusions to Foucault, Lacan, Whitman, famous trials like Scopes and Salem, etc. Plus the bear learns to poop and gives birth to a child that later disappears by sheer self-determinism. Author makes a cameo appearance as a kid who shits in his pants until he stops playing with
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2008
It sounded so interesting, but I just couldn't bear to finish it. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


Dec 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated
It's the story of a teddy bear that is passed down from a mother through her five children, and then left neglected on a shelf. Finally the bear's consciousness begets movement and Winkie escapes. He goes to live in the forest and bears a child, a mini-me called Baby Winkie. This idyll is interupted when a mad man of the forest, a Unabomber type whose bombs never explode, becomes obsessed with Baby Winkie and bear-naps her. She escapes from captivity by winking herself out of existence; the man ...more
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q1

By Clifford Chase
236 pp. Canada
Williamson Music. $12.00
ISBN-10: 0802118305
ISBN-13: 978-0802118301

Did you ever wonder “What’s the purpose of your life or why did you like this?” In the book “Winkie” it’s about a teddy bear named Winkie and it’s about a journey that he took to find who he is and where he comes from but there’s one problem. The police/army put him on arrest while he had done nothing wrong. Soon they decided to send him jail until they gain more information. While he was
Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Che & Tara
Recommended to Danine by: Kate
I adore this book. A unique anthropomorphic tale of a teddy bear who decided to take his life in his own paws. He is loved and neglected and the neglect drives him to jump on the lonely shelf he was placed on for several years. He wishes for freedom, food and to learn how to poo-poo.

There is some philosophy but the book is not heavily laden with philosophical ramblings as some of the previous reviewers have spoke about. It makes you think just a teeny tiny bit and if that's too much from a book
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Winkie is a well-loved teddy bear who gets tired of sitting on a shelf, waiting for yet another child to pick him up and love him. Tired of decades of tedium and sameness, he decides to make himself real. So he wills himself off the shelf, and out into the world. Once out in the real world, Winkie quickly finds himself on trial, accused of gross terroristic acts against humanity.

What is intended as biting social commentary on how terrorism is regarded in America today, instead comes off as petu
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a wonderful and unique imagination at work. Winkie is as scary as a nightmare and captivating as a child's game although a somewhat evil child. ...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Clifford Chase's Winkie is a weird, satirical, philosophical, thought-provoking and touching fantasy book about a sentient teddy bear called Winkie. Winkie is a nice and innocent teddy bear, who just happens to be in a wrong place at a wrong time and is arrested. Winkie is accused of terrorism and other things, because people believe that Winkie is responsible for several nasty things.

I think it's interesting that the author has written a book a sentient teddy bear. An innocent teddy bear is an
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winkie is a very well-written and imaginative book that casts a loveable old teddy bear in the lead role.

If that sentence put an idea in your head about how this book will play out, dash it right now! You're wrong. I was wrong.

I imagined a tale of "Toy Story 3" proportions that would leave me in tears and hugging my old toys with fervoured nostalgia. Well, I got it partly right:

This is Brown Bear and he's a good bear.

^ This is Brown Bear and he's a good bear.

But, the fact is, that this is a strange book and nothing like the story I
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was really two books in one. The first was the beautiful and moving story of a teddy bear who wills himself to life and wanders the world enjoying all of life's most basic and wonderful experiences. The descriptions are wonderfully rendered through the eyes of innocence and the bear's grasp of the beauty of life is spellbinding.
The second story line is a satirical look at the judicial system as a whole and the war on terror specifically. It is dripping with sarcasm and almost over th
Suzanne Simpson
I found this book in a charity shop and after reading the back thought it was either going to be really good or really bad. I decided to try it and I have to say I think it is both. It is unique and I couldn't stop reading it because it was so strange. I laughed at how ridiculous it was, it was so bad I needed to see how it went. Not in a boring way but a "where on earth is this going" kind of way.
I am not sure if there were deep meanings behind what was going on (if there was I missed them). I
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After suffering decades of neglect from the children who have forgotten him, Winkie summons the courage to take charge of his fate, and so he hops off the shelf, jumps out the window, and takes to the forest. But just as he is discovering the joys and wonders of mobility, Winkie gets trapped in the jaws of a society gone rabid with fear and paranoia. He (yes, he) gives birth to a cub, only to see the newborn captured by a bomb-building woodsman Unabomber. Winkie arrives at the hermit's cabin to ...more
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying this book quite a bit at first. And then I began to get bored with it. And then it picked up again. And then I had to wonder what the fucking point was. Who the fuck cares?

Winkie is a book that I had been following the reviews of for a while. I was anxious to read it. Eager. It's gotten good reviews. And I don't want to say that the good reviews are unfounded because the book is good. But there is a disconnect in tone throughout the book that, in my opinion, drags the whole procee
Jun 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book took me forever to get through. Because... well, it's not actually that good. It starts out well, with some nice magical realism and a touch of the absurd which I usually love, but soon it gets out of control with the absurd and the author sort of... lost me. It's pretty clear at first that the story is a big honking metaphor and aspires to be an intelligent sort of satire, but it loses its point halfway through by being so painfully weird and oddly masturbatory (shameless self-insert ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG, this was phenomenal. The premise was so bizarre, yet once I got into the story it became absolutely plausible. This novel is heartfelt, quirky, and if you like magical realism, you will love this. It's not what you'll expect, if you read the synopsis. It is indescribable. It is unlike any book I've ever read. If I say anything more, I will give it away. Just read it. Fresh idea, fresh voice, fresh premise, and it will leave you very satisfied and possibly restore a little glimmer of your lo ...more
Aug 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pastbooksread
So it's been a long time ago that I read this...I will attempt to remember what I thought: very weird, very surreal, and well written. Lots of social commentary, maybe too much time spent on the trial portion of the book. The subplot of Winkie and his/her child was heartbreaking. Overall I liked it and would recommend it to others. ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strange, read-2007
A story about a teddy bear who comes to life and is accused of terrorism. Sounds completely insane right? But it wasn't, it somehow made sense, it was funny, touching, tragic and a great look at the insanity of modern life and the so called 'War on Terror' ...more
Todd Slutzky
Meh. Three stars is maybe being generous. Interesting premise. But felt like 3 different stories meshed together somewhat poorly.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The summary is overly generous. "Scathingly funny": Not even close. More like "Nails-on-a-blackboard irritating". This part is true: "trapped in the jaws of a society gone rabid with fear and paranoia." The only piece I wrote down from this book was when the prosecutor was interviewing an army general on the witness stand:

"...they are nothing less than an army of super-combatants, trained to maim and kill." The general revealed his next chart. "And created, we believe, by a scientific process we
Kate Atonic
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up not long after I read Dick’s “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.” I assumed that a story about a well loved childhood toy that achieves sentience and mobility would have the same sort of bitter sweetness and nostalgia, maybe a little “Velveteen Rabbit” for good measure. Instead, the author tries to impress us with sophomoric musings about what it means “to be” and meaning of life, skewering the American judicial system and the war or terror. The images of the misshapen and battered ...more
Pietro Maximoff
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was heartwarming and silly. it definitely feels like a first novel at times, but the main character, sentient teddy bear Winkie, is so lovable. some parts of the book felt like a bit much, but it's a satirical comedy book about a living teddy bear, so it's easiest to go with the flow and not question the universe too much. there's also some really great LGBT representation in here, which was pleasantly surprising. a fun read that was easy to get through, i'd recommend this for anyone w ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'll love it or hate it. It's well written and the structure works really well for the book. That said, it's out there (in a way that tries a bit too hard to be Kafkaesque). It's a quick read though, if you can stay with the plot. Overall interesting and I do think that the author tried to do something different and succeeded, with some beautifully written prose along the way. But if you don't like things that are a little wacky, may not be the book for you. ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-books
Amazing, bizarre, a little grotesque. The book shows in the most simple way the trouble that difference in people may cause to the system. My favourite thing about the book is how straight forward it is about wrong of categorisation and how difficult is life for a person that does not fulfill social expectations towards them.
Melissa Borges
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up really liking this. Once I got over the teddy bear giving birth and breast feeding, I was able to accept that in this world everything is symbolic and nothing is impossible. It made the court scene that followed a lot more entertaining. I was not anticipating this book to be so political (especially so anti American), but I found the messages pretty powerful.
What our book club thought: General consensus was the book failed miserably as a satire and nearly failed as a reading experience! As our inaugural book, it was hilarious to have chosen a bad one, and some of us still refer to it today, all these months later. :) (1)
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, if you took The Trial and The Velveteen Rabbit, and you put them in a blender, this book is what you would pour into a mug to sip like spiked hot chocolate on a winter night.

Weird? yes.
Confusing? a little.
Sad? a bit.
Satisfying? greatly.
Kaitlyn lovell
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t finish, couldn’t get into the story.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great metaphor
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilariously ridiculous.
Sarah Russell
A 2 for most of the book but a 4+ in the last 50 pages.
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