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Not the End of the World (2002)

de Kate Atkinson

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What is the real world? Does it exist, or is it merely a means of keeping another reality at bay? Not the End of the Worldis Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories. Playful and profound, they explore the world we think we know whilst offering a vision of another world which lurks just beneath the surface of our consciousness, a world where the myths we have banished from our lives are startlingly present and where imagination has the power to transform reality. From Charlene and Trudi, obsessively making lists while bombs explode softly in the streets outside, to gormless Eddie, maniacal cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who may just have discovered the secret to eternal life, each of these stories shows that when the worlds of material existence and imagination collide, anything is possible.… (mais)
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I read this quite some time ago and forgot to note my thoughts here. I love Atkinson and I remember liking these short stories but I honestly do not recall them individually any more. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Ik ben nooit zo van de verhalenbundels maar deze is beslist een uitzondering op die regel. Alle verhalen zijn op kleine prachtig uitgewerkte manieren met elkaar verbonden. Sommige personages spelen de hoofdrol in het ene verhaal en worden alleen maar genoemd in het andere verhaal. Het eerst verhaal en het laatste verhaal zijn duidelijk de hoekstenen van het hele boek. Erg goed gedaan zoals van Kate Atkinson kan worden verwacht. ( )
  connie53 | Jan 1, 2020 |
A series of loosely interconnected short stories, most of which are wonderfully whimsical. ( )
  JBD1 | May 21, 2018 |
I liked the interconnectedness of the stories and the combination of the mundane and the mythic. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
Not being able to wait for Kate Atkinson's next book, I found this wonderful collection of short stories published in 2002. It has to be the find of my year. This is mythology as it applies to modern life. Filled with loosely connected stories that are absolute jewels, it's the kind of book that makes the reader want to start over again at the beginning as soon as the last page has been read. This brilliant collection gets the full five stars! ( )
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I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold... the pure maiden shooter of stags, who delights in archery . That's a Homeric hymn, quoted by Kate Atkinson to illustrate a literary point. I will sing of Atkinson, whose arrows are as bright: barbed, piercing and precise, fired with analogous delight.

In this themed collection, Atkinson has chosen to be a playful as well as erudite goddess of the pen. Her tales are largely set in modern Scotland, but she compels the reader to adopt the awed perspective of an ancient Greek. Real life trundles on, but only look twice and you can see the fingerprints of the gods plastered over every "accident" of fate (and we're not talking here about the avuncular Christian type of god but about lustful, arrogant immortals who love to play with mortal lives and spray their seed in human wombs).

All of these stories show myth and reality bulging into each other, the solid modern wall between them replaced by a ragged curtain of damp Scottish mist.
adicionado por VivienneR | editarThe Guardian, Helen Falconer (Nov 9, 2002)
 
Not the End of the World kicks off with its weakest entrant - a tale of two women window-shopping while Rome (or Edinburgh) burns - but do not let this put you off. I cannot remember the last time a book of short stories left me so fizzing with admiration. Atkinson tap-dances her way across the page, her prose as playful as a puppy, full of wit and invention, packed with pathos and pop culture. I can think of very few writers who can make the ordinary (Buffy, Barbie, a tenement flat) collide with the extraordinary (cats as big as tigers, children conceived at the bottom of the sea) to such beguiling effect.

Like charms on a delicate bracelet, these minor masterpieces are strung together by a gloopy web of gossip and genetics - unlikely couplings, familial coincidences, dusty friendships. But while they often begin with the prosaic - at an awkward family supper or in a teenager's fetid bedroom - out of the corner of your eye you notice more strange things afoot. It is as if Atkinson is able to tap into the parallel universe whose gentle tug the rest of us do our best to ignore.

Her great gift is to render this universe in all its monstrous and magical Technicolor glory. She is a sorceress, to be sure, but the reassuring, straightforward kind who can make even the spellbound laugh out loud.
 
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Voor Diane Pearson
Dank aan:
Laura Denby en Dr John Menzie voor de telomeren
Helen Clyne voor van alles en nog wat
Russell Equi voor auto's, fietsen en wegen
Eve-Atkinson Wordlen voor de bruiloften
Sally Wray voor de steun
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What is the real world? Does it exist, or is it merely a means of keeping another reality at bay? Not the End of the Worldis Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories. Playful and profound, they explore the world we think we know whilst offering a vision of another world which lurks just beneath the surface of our consciousness, a world where the myths we have banished from our lives are startlingly present and where imagination has the power to transform reality. From Charlene and Trudi, obsessively making lists while bombs explode softly in the streets outside, to gormless Eddie, maniacal cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who may just have discovered the secret to eternal life, each of these stories shows that when the worlds of material existence and imagination collide, anything is possible.

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