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Not the End of the World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    A joy to read--on many levels

    This collection of short stories is unlike any set of stories I have read. With the exception of the first and last stories, every story starts out 'normal' enough, with contemporary characters in London and Edinburgh struggling with real life issues. But then comes the mythic turn in each story, which for me always came as a delight. I found I could not put down the book after I read the first story. I knew I had stumbled onto something special. I realized as I read through the stories that they are more connected than one would think at first, so I recommend reading them in the order they are in the book. I also realized that I needed to review my familiarity with Greek myths. So I pulled out my old childhood collection of Greek myths and reread the myths of the Greek gods and goddesses and various humans who interact with the gods. After my mythology review I reread the stories and enjoyed even more the wonder of the author's writing. She seamlessly melds the ordinary with the extraordinary (the myths). While I became intrigued with the 'game' of figuring which mythic characters were being represented, the fact is, the stories stand as remarkable and enjoyable without a detailed analysis. My favorite television series of all time is 'Northern Exposure.' One of the things I loved about NE was that the stories could take unexpected magical twists. And, as in the case of Atkinson's stories, the twists are not gratuitous-- they enrich the meaning of the character's struggles and relationships. I have read the collection four times now. After having gotten over the novelty of Atkinson's marvelous style and the mythical connections, I now appreciate her depth of insight into human relationships. I moved from being amazed by these stories, to being enamored, intrigued, and, finally, to being truly moved.

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