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Not the End of the World (Hardcover): Kate Atkinson

Not the End of the World (Hardcover)

Kate Atkinson

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Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories is as fascinating as one would expect from the author of the award-winning Behind the Scenes of the Museum. Inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses, Atkinson has written 12 linked stories, their style varying from witty and malicious to melancholic. Quoting Ovid, she promises the reader that she will tell us tales of transformation and this she proceeds to do. A nanny sprouts wings and, like a Mary Poppins in reverse, carries her neglected charge away to happiness. A geeky child obsessed with cataloguing fish turns out to have been born of a union between his bikini-clad mother and the god of an underwater kingdom, a 'colossal roaring presence'. Myths provide the backdrops but Atkinson breathes into them a mint-new meaning, giving her own interpretation of the way we live now. She has something to say about consumerism, the way we are in thrall to soap opera and our pathetic worship of media stars, but she reserves her heavy ammunition for an attack on those who fail to love. In a brilliantly funny story she portrays family life and the dwindling show of affection between teenage children and their mother. Her ear for desultory, sometimes vicious family dialogue is uncanny. Later in the book she picks up the same characters and depicts them all a little older, a little more sad and lonely. Earnest, good mothers, she seems to be saying, deserve so much more than this. Her theme is frequently love: being in love, seeking, finding and sometimes losing the loved one, but fantasy is never far from the surface. From the very first story, 'Charlene and Trudi Go Shopping', the reader begins to see a transformed, skewed world. The two girls imagine themselves in Pleasureland and dreamily recite to each other a litany of enticing goodies that they might buy, while all the time the zoo animals roam free outside and museums are ransacked. Inventive, engaging and often very moving, these are truly tales for the new millennium. (Kirkus UK)
NOT THE END OF THE WORLD consists of twelve linked stories which form a thematic whole. This is Kate Atkinson's first collection of stories, and they are brilliant, daring, witty and provocative. These stories are full of the poignancy of abandoned children and lonely adults, the seductiveness of our consumer society, and the fatalism of a post-Apocalyptic world. From Charlene and Trudi, madly shopping while bombs explode softly in the world outside, to gormless Eddie, a cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who discovered the secret to eternal life, each story contains a cast of startling and wonderfully described characters. What each of them explores is the infinite variety of ways in which people can try to change the world around them, and themselves.


Imprint: Doubleday
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2002
Authors: Kate Atkinson
Dimensions: 230mm (L)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 249
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-60472-7
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Special features > Short stories
LSN: 0-385-60472-6
Barcode: 9780385604727

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