In ancient Greek mythology Atlas, a member of the original race of gods called Titans, leads a rebellion against the new deities, the Olympians. For this he incurs divine wrath: the victorious Olympians force Atlas, guardian of the Garden of Hesperides and its golden apples of life, to bear the weight of the earth and the heavens for eternity. When the hero Heracles, as one of his famous twelve labours, is tasked with stealing these apples he seeks out Atlas, offering to shoulder the world temporarily if the Titan will bring him the fruit. Knowing that Heracles is the only person with the strength to take his burden, and enticed by the prospect of even a short-lived freedom, Atlas agrees and an uneasy partnership is born. With her typical wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson brings Atlas into the twenty-first century. Simultaneously, she asks her own difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, and how we forge our own destiny. Visionary and inventive, yet completely believable and relevant to our lives today, Winterson's skill in turning the familiar on its head and showing us a different truth is once more put to dazzling effect.
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Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, won the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel. Since then, she has published seven other novels, including Lighthousekeeping, The Passion, Written on the Body, and The Powerbook, a collection of short stories, The World and Other Places, a books of essays, Art Objects, and most recently a children’s picture book, The King of Capri. She has adapted her work for TV, film, and stage. Her books are published in thirty-two countries. She lives in Oxfordshire and London.From AudioFile:
Jeannette Winterson interprets the story of Atlas the Titan for Cannongate's series of classic myths revisited. You will remember that Atlas is compelled to hold the world on his shoulders for eternity. When Heracles comes along, needing to steal some of the golden apples of the Hesperides, which Atlas guards, Atlas agrees to get the apples for him if Heracles will take over holding up the earth and heavens for a day. You can imagine how Atlas rethinks the deal once he is free of his burden. Winterson's version is full of sex, sass, and vinegar, and Dick Hill and Susie Breck do an elegant job of bringing these huge characters to modern life. B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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