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

Weight by Jeanette Winterson
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Nov 06, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: did-not-finish
Read in December, 2007

When I read Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, I learned that it was part of a series of modern reworkings of myths, and of course I was interested in reading the others. The problem is that I picked up this book thinking of Margaret Atwood, and it was not written by Margaret Atwood. I had trouble getting into it and ended up skimming much of it.
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message 1: by Sara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Sara I really enjoyed Atwood's Penelopiad, too, so it's disappointing to hear about your response to Weight. I like the idea of the modern reworkings, but I think then by their very nature some work for us and some don't. About Winterson - for me her book, The Passion, is one of my favorites; however, when she is good she is very, very good and when she is bad...(well you know the rest) I'm glad you skimmed it, because now I don't mind moving past it at the bookstore (despite the VERY attractive packaging for which I am so very much a sucker) and choosing something else.


message 2: by Julie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:10PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Julie I think you're right about some myths working better than others. Penelope is such a secondary player in the Odyssey that there are interesting gaps to fill in. Atlas - well, not so much. I think if I hadn't been so impatient for an interesting narrative update, I might have been able to enjoy Winterson's language more, but given that I have a pile of library books with due dates approaching, I wasn't inclined to wait around for it to grow on me.


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