The World and Other Places, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In this, her first collection of short stories, Winterson reveals all the facets of her extraordinary imagination.

In prose that is full of imagery and word-play, she creates physical and psychological worlds that are at once familiar and yet shockingly strange.


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An uneven collection of short stories that often border on 'clever, clever' ideas, striving for the timelessness of a fable by Borges.However, there are a few that work well, such as the simplicity of The 24-hour Dog, with its well placed metaphors and images, or have an emotional pull, such as The Green Man.The language is always beautiful, but the stories usually try too hard. Worth trying for the imagery.

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I'm sure you all know the drill by now: I have difficulty with Jeanette Winterson. I'm pretty resigned to that now, though. I buy her books knowing that I'm going to love the words and have difficulty chasing the meanings; this time in particular I just sat back and let the prose-poetry wash over me, the images sometimes slapping me into paying that bit more attention, getting me with sharp edges by surprise.<br/><br/>Jeanette Winterson's collection of short stories is very characteristically her writing, and more so, distilled. If you find it hard to get a grip on her novels, it'll be harder to get a hold on these -- but then you might be able to approach them better as poetry.