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In the original myth, Iphis is a girl who is raised as a boy because her father threatened her pregnant mother to kill the baby if it was female. Years later, the supposedly male Iphis falls in love with Ianthe, and they become engaged. The day before the wedding, worried that as a female she will never be able to satisfy her wife, Iphis prays to the gods for a miracle.
Needless to say, this is not what happens in Girl meets Boy. In the second section, Imogen, Anthea sister, tries to deal with her fact that her sister is gay: My sister would be banned in schools if she was a book.
Did it? Ha ha! Norman says. Human species, self-patrolling, he says. Also, Anthea and her girlfriend Robin do something awesome. The more I read her, actually, the more I love her. I love her tenderness, her subtlety, her rawness, her humour and her warmth.
I loved the way she explored gender in this story — the way we perceive it, the way others perceive it, the ingrained sexist practices that are still seen as natural by so many.
I also loved the way she explored sexuality. A nice bonus is the fact that the story is mostly set in Inverness, a city I love. I really enjoyed revisiting familiar places as I read the book: the old Town House, the riverside, the Ness isles, the old church that was turned into a second hand bookstore. I need to get my hands on: Binu and the Great Wall next.
More beautiful bits: She had the swagger of a girl. She blushed like a boy. She was as meaty as a girl. She was as graceful as a boy. She was as brave and handsome and rough as a girl.
She was as pretty and dainty and delicate as a boy. She made love like a boy. She made love like a girl. She was so boyish it was girly, so girly it was boyish, she made me want to rove the world writing our names in every tree.
Tell me what it is, I say. No, I say. I need to know it. I need to know the proper word. She looks at me for a long time. I can feel her looking right through my drunkness.
Then, when she speaks, it is as if the whole look of her speaks. The proper word for me, Robin Goodman says, is me. Yes, she says. Good, I say. Posted by Ana S. Oh, I want this book! I want this book so much! I'd never heard of it before, and it just sounds so beautiful. And I'm so utterly in love with that last passage you shared!!! Another one I definitely have to pick up. I love good treatments about sexuality! And I like that parenthetic conversation up there.
This one sounds like it would be just as good if not better. Thanks for a great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this too. It is such a beautiful book and I got my mum a copy for Mothers Day which I hope she gets around to soon. I haven't been to Inverness, but will have to plan a trip at some point. I am intrigued! I will be picking this up. Thanks again, for another wonderful review. That's another truly amazing review!
That's another book that's immediately gne right to the top of my wishlist because of your review! I definitely want to read this one and i want to read it soon! Successful post: you have me quite curious! I really need to read some of the Canongate Myth series. And it's been awhile now since I've read anything by Ali Smith. She can be a bit hit or miss with me sometimes but this does sound intriguing. Wow, this review really touched a nerve - usurped first place on my to-read list.
I beginning to think that you have excellent book radar built in. It sounds really good and I will also have to add it to my list. Since I started visiting your blog, my TBR has grown as a fast rate!
I added to the wishlist after Bart reviewed it I hadn't even heard of the Canongate myth series but I am definitely going to check it out. Great review!
I've only read Jeanette Winterson's book from the Canongate Myth series but I saw that Michael Faber's name was on the list as well as Dubravka Ugresic's the latter I'm still looking for in its untranslated version. I realllllly need to get my hands on this one as well. Thanks for the great review! Glad you liked it. I would like to have loved it more than I did, but it is still a great read. Beautiful review, Nymeth! Now thanks to you, I'm adding another book onto my wishlist, again!
I like that quote about the smile. Sounds a bit different than my normal reading fare, but I might check it out sometime. Okay, now we're even, but who's keeping score. This is an amazing review and I am adding this to my TBR list. This is the first time I've heard of the Cannongate Myth series and I hope my library them!
I'm sold on this! Wonderful review. Now I have a question for you How did you know that this book was a retelling sort-of like Ovid's Metamorphoses? I haven't read any of these myths I'm sad about my lack of knowledge in this area, but as I continue to read your blog I get educated a little bit more every day!!
This sounds like a wonderful book. You do get back at me, don't you?! This one really grabs my attention. I need off-beat right now. Thanks for recommending! I have Binu and the Great Wall on my shelf! I've been wanting to read Girl Meets Boy too. It was pretty good. Oh man. I am sad I can't find this in ebook form, which is my preference.
It sounds like a book I would adore. This is a very beautiful review Nymeth. I have never heard of the myth nor have i ever heard of Ali Smith. But considering I loved the sentences you posted from the book I am sure I'll love her writing. It's like poetry, almost.
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Girl Meets Boy - Ali Smith. Summary from Amazon:. 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.
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Girl Meets Boy Quotes
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In the original myth, Iphis is a girl who is raised as a boy because her father threatened her pregnant mother to kill the baby if it was female. Years later, the supposedly male Iphis falls in love with Ianthe, and they become engaged. The day before the wedding, worried that as a female she will never be able to satisfy her wife, Iphis prays to the gods for a miracle. Needless to say, this is not what happens in Girl meets Boy.
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Ali Smith is an incredible writer and she's so talented in this one. I agree - the Canongate myths are such a wonderful concept. Crikey Verity that was quick! It's the first of her books I've read and considering hitting the library for more.
She blushed like a boy. She was as meaty as a girl. She was as graceful as a boy. She was as brave and handsome and rough as a girl. She was as pretty and delicate and dainty as a boy. She turned boys' heads like a girl.