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Girl Meets Boy - Canons (Paperback)
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Girl Meets Boy - Canons (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 02/08/2018
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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 remix of Ovid's most joyful metamorphosis is a story about the kind of fluidity that can't be bottled and sold. It is 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, here is a tale of change for the modern world.

The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786892478
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 123 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm
Edition: Main - Canons


MEDIA REVIEWS
Exuberant . . . Slender, sweet natured and lyrical * * Guardian * *
Joyful -- JEANETTE WINTERSON * * The Times * *
Girl Meets Boy pulls you in and doesn't let you go . . . bold and brilliant -- JACKIE KAY
A glorious wide-awake dream of a book . . . My heart was beating and tears stood in my eyes, even as I had the biggest smile written all over my face -- KIRSTY GUNN * * Observer * *
Poetic . . . Smith remembers what the ancients knew: that musical words drum a beat through to understanding * * The Times * *
Clever, complex and thrilling * * TLS * *
A joyful and playful remix . . . 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 * * Financial Times * *
Those familiar with Smith's playfully inventive fiction will not be disappointed by this light-as-air retelling of Ovid's tale . . . this jolly jeu d'esprit wears its heart defiantly on its sleeve * * The Times * *
[A] whimsical spin on the myth of Iphis and Ianthe . . . mischief, enchantment and impish wit . . . [Smith's] dancing prose and nimble storytelling are palpable hits * * Sunday Times * *
In this modern-day reinterpretation, Ali Smith, with humour and typical linguistic versatility, explores issues of homophobia, corporate and social responsibility and the sheer vertiginous feeling of falling in love * * Independent on Sunday * *

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“A joy to read. ”

Where to start to describe this wonderful, exhilarating book?

It’s a short novel (I read it on a three-hour journey): a love story, a social commentary and a wise, witty tale about gender and sexuality. On the... More

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“Re-release of a wonderful gem”

Originally published in 2007 as part of the Canongate Myths series, Ali Smith’s ‘Girl Meets Boy’ gets a shiny new cover in this timely republication.

Fans of Ali Smith will (re)discover her exuberant, effervescent... More

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“4/5”

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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