Weight : The Myth of Atlas and Heracles, Paperback

Weight : The Myth of Atlas and Heracles Paperback

Part of the Myths series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Condemned to shoulder the world "for ever" by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden, and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him ...Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles. Visionary and inventive, believable and intimate, Weight turns the familiar on its head to show us ourselves in a new light.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Myth & legend told as fiction
  • ISBN: 9781841957753



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I was a bit nervous about this because I read 'Oranges ...' years ago and wasn't sure I enjoyed it, so have avoided the author ever since. However, having read this, maybe I need to give her another try.I wasn't sure about the 'me' sections, but the bits that were retelling the myth I enjoyed. I think the idea of Heracles as a braggart is spot on and there are wonderful descriptions of the relationship between Earth & Poseidon.Near the very end is a little bit that summed up my feelings on the day that I read it, and I've put it below after lots of returns because it might be a spoiler. Let me crawl out from under this world I have made.It doesn't need me any more.Strangely, I don't need it either. I don't need the weight. Let it go. There are reservations and regrets, but let it go.I want to tell the story again.

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