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If It Bleeds. Little Fires Everywhere. From Publishers Weekly Veteran British novelist Smith returns from 's Whitbread Award—winner The Accidental with a cheerful, sexy, disorienting take on the gender-shifting myths of Iphis as told in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Fragile, rootless Anthea arrives at the Inverness, Scotland, offices of the slick, multibrand corporate behemoth Pure, where her up-and-coming sister Midge has gotten her a job.
Raised on their grandfather's strange stories of rebellion and gender switching, the sisters undergo very different transformations when confronting Pure oblivion, the corporation's goal of being simultaneously ubiquitous and invisible. Drifting at work, Anthea meets kilt-clad graffiti artist Robin, who awakens destructive passions within her. Midge, meanwhile, is summoned to Pure's London headquarters by Keith, the charismatic boss of bosses, and her meeting with him sets her on an unexpected course with the company.
Smith's spare and sharp lyricism makes the action secondary, but the ironies that arise from the corporate setting for a very old myth are handled with glee including jabs at water supply privatization , and Smith's cadences, which read like classical drama, carry the novel along beautifully. All rights reserved. A glorious wide-awake dream of a book Smith is a gravely moral writer - and that is partly why her contribution to the world of myth is so powerful. By the time I finished the book, my heart was beating and tears stood in my eyes, even as I had the biggest smile written all over my face.
It's a lovely piece or writing. Smith writes with unplugged energy of the fiddler she conjures up to play at Anthea's "dream" wedding. Smith remembers what the ancients knew: that musical words drum a beat through to understanding. As fanciful as it is honest and as moving as it is hilarious, this is a gorgeous story. Smith deftly employs all kind of linguistic tricks to paint her characters. Smith is a playful writer who takes fun seriously, and whose ease, erudition and eloquence can sometimes be mistaken for an end in itself.
I'm sure that the urbane and witty Ovid would have wholeheartedly approved. Girl Meets Boy delights because it refuses to stop at a single metamorphosis; despite its compactness, its stories multiply and rebound exuberantly Wittily and briefly, Smith captures the mood of the myth as well as its meaning. The result is an ecstatic, exhilarating helter-skelter ride of a story which shows just how relevant Ovid's myth of the transformative power of love is to modern readers. Her ideas are rich, complex and thrillingly life-affirming Gentle, generous and wonderfully imaginative, this is a joy to read.
I Let me tell you about when I was a girl, our grandfather says. It is Saturday evening; we always stay at their house on Saturdays. The couch and the chairs are shoved back against the walls. The teak coffee table from the middle of the room is up under the window.
The floor has been cleared for the backward and forward somersaults, the juggling with oranges and eggs, the how-to-do-a-cartwheel, how-to-stand-on-your-head, how-to-walk-on-your-hands lessons. Our grandfather holds us upside-down by the legs until we get our balance. Our grandfather worked in a circus before he met and married our grandmother.
He once did headstands on top of a whole troupe of headstanders. He once walked a tightrope across the Thames. Oh, across the Thames, was it? Not across the falls at Niagara? Ah, Niagara, our grandfather says. Now that was a whole other kittle of fish. It is after gymnastics and it is before Blind Date. Sometimes after gymnastics it is The Generation Game instead. But which is Cilla Black, then, boy or girl? She can look at the boys if she wants; she can go round the screen and look at the girls.
She can go between the two sides of things like a magician, or a joke. The audience always laughs with delight when she does it. Cilla Black is from the sixties, our grandmother says as if that explains everything. It is Saturday tea-time, after supper and before our bath. She drags her own armchair closer to the electric fire. She puts her whole weight behind the coffee table and shoves it over so she can watch the football results. Then she neatens the magazines on the under-rack of the table and then she sits down.
Steam rises off teacups. Then I start to worry. Because what if we all taste things differently? What if each bit of toast tastes completely different? I look round the room, from head to head of each of us. Then I taste the taste in my own mouth again. So did I never tell you about the time they put me in jail for a week when I was a girl? What for? I say. For writing words, our grandfather says.
What words? They put us in jail because we wrote it into the golf green with acid, me and my friend. Grandad, stop it, Midge says. I told him the truth, more fool me. We were proud to go to jail, though.
I was proud when they came to get me. Your great-grandmother wrote her name with Xs. Mary Isobel Gunn. And when we went on the Mud March, our grandfather says.
Boy oh boy. It was called the Mud March because — because why? Because of some mud, I say. Because of the mud we got all up the hems of our skirts, our grandfather says. Grandad, Midge says. Blackbirds and chaffinches and seagulls and thrushes and starlings and swifts and peewits, imagine. Soon they were so afraid of us marching that they made brand new laws against us. They said we could only march in groups of no more than twelve of us.
And each group of twelve girls had to be fifty yards away from any other group of twelve. And what do you think they threw at us for marching, what do you think they threw at us when we spoke in front of the great hordes of listening people?
Eggs and oranges, I say. Tomatoes and fishheads, Midge says. Fishheads, I say. I am finding the idea of throwing fishheads at official historic buildings very funny.
Girl Meets Boy
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Girl Meets Boy is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, and the absurdity of consumerism, as well as a story of reversals and revelations that is as sharply witty as it is lyrical. With wit and obvious delight, Smith slaps at the ploys of consumerism, plays with social constructs, tweaks generational identity, and upends gender expectations—all in the guise of a story about the transformative powers of love and art and ideas. This slender, sweet natured, lyrical tale not only nods but also winks and grins at the many books it could not have been written without. The writing is tight. A short, fun read, Girl Meets Boy is full of pop culture references such as Facebook, MySpace and Google, constant reminders that our identity, politics and imagination are bound by our social mores, not by our Olympian gods.
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Myths, The)
Girl meets boy. It's a story as old as time. But what happens when an old story meets a brand new set of circumstances? Ali Smith's re-mix of Ovid's most joyful metamorphosis is a story about the kind of fluidity that can't be bottled and sold. It's about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, a story of puns and doubles, reversals and revelations. Funny and fresh, poetic and political, Girl meets boy is a myth of metamorphosis for the modern world. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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Where to start to describe this wonderful, exhilarating book? On the Fans of Ali Smith will re discover her exuberant, effervescent I enjoyed reading this, full of vivid ideas and imagery. Such a modern read that looks at and depicts current issues in society.
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