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The World and Other Places: Stories (Vintage International) [Kindle Edition]

Jeanette Winterson
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Book Description

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson's delectable first novel, announced the arrival of 'a fresh voice with a mind behind it,' as Muriel Spark has written. 'She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent deeply abides'--and her reputation and accomplishment have grown with each of her five subsequent novels.

Now, with her first collection--seventeen stories that span her entire career--Jeanette Winterson reveals all the facets of her extraordinary imagination. Whether transporting us to bizarre new geog-raphies--a world where sleep is illegal, an island of diamonds where the rich wear jewelry made of coal--or revealing so perfectly, so exactly, the joy and pain of owning a brand-new dog, she proves herself a master of the short form.

For her readers, a celebration--and for everyone else, a wonderful introduction to this highly original and consistently daring writer, who has become 'one of our most brilliant, visionary storytellers' (San Francisco Chronicle)

Editorial Reviews Review

Her first short story collection exhibits the multitude of talents that have made English novelist Jeanette Winterson not just admired but beloved by her many fans. There are the surprising, fresh little phrases minted expressly to convey the delicate realities of the made-up world. There's the humor, fierce and sly but always kind. There's the imagination that changes gender and historical epoch at whim, and does so convincingly; and the characters themselves, a sundry bunch of men and women not necessarily successful or commendable but always, somehow, likable. Best of all, by their very diversity, these stories reveal glimpses of the smart and enigmatic woman behind the work.

In "Atlantic Crossing," Winterson becomes a middle-aged businessman of the mid-20th century, accidentally assigned to share his second-class cabin with a young black woman on a transatlantic crossing. In the realm of event, little happens, but in its depth of perception and what it tells of the nuances of regret, the story is as rich as a novel in another writer's hands. A few scant pages later, Winterson becomes a kind of lost female Homer, telling Orion's story from Artemis's point of view: "When she returned she saw this huge rag of a man eating her goat, raw.... His reputation hung about him like bad breath." In "The Poetics of Sex," she creates a lesbian love story that evokes her characters' personalities as explicitly as their erotic pleasures. "The 24-Hour Dog," the story of a woman writer returning a puppy she had thought to adopt, is remorseless as a psychological thriller in the squirmy depths it plumbs: "I had made every preparation, every calculation, except for those two essentials that could not be calculated: his heart and mine." Read The World and Other Places twice, once for instruction, once for joy. --Joyce Thompson

From Publishers Weekly

The detached awareness of Winterson's characters, with their biblically informed psyches and receptivity to the paranormal, make the 17 stories of this collection more proverbial than narrative. When in her acknowledgments Winterson (Gut Symmetries) thanks those who have "bought or bludgeoned" them from her, she's quite right: there's nothing fulsome here. Her spare gestures reduce prose to an eerie elemental state. In "The 24-Hour Dog," the narrator's encounter with a two-month-old puppy purchased from a farmer transports her: "The Sistine Chapel is unpainted, no book has been written. There is the moon, the water, the night, one creature's need and another's response. The moment between chaos and shape and I say his name and he hears me." In other stories, such as "O'Brien's First Christmas," the alien intrudes in the form of a midnight visitation by a tutued fairy on a downcast shopgirl. The feminist allegory "Orion" recasts the myth of Artemis and her predatory paramour; "Disappearance I" imagines a futuristic dystopia in which sleep has become as taboo as red light sex. Though the aftertaste of this unflinchingly provocative and stringently witty collection is somewhat bitter, Winterson's stories reveal another facet of a writer much acclaimed for her virtuosity and complexity.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099274531
  • Publisher: Vintage (April 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0ALZU2
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, October 30, 1999
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I enjoyed reading Winterson in a short-story form for a change. Working within the confines of a shorter structure lends unusual economy to her generally spiraling imagery; she's more direct and paints with a somewhat broader stroke. I was delighted to experience a wide range of perspectives on a wide range of topics. "The 24-Hour Dog" works on so many levels I want to teach it in a writing class. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting an introduction to Winterson, because here one finds some almost conventional works among stories of almost surreal bent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection of short stories! July 17, 2003
Jeanette Winterson never fails to amaze me. Her stories -- an assortment of ambiguous genders and historical elements mixed with poetic and philosophical undertones and magical realism -- are true literary masterpieces. Having read The Passion, The Powerbook and Written on the Body, I thought I'd give one of her anthologies a whirl. The World and Other Places transcends Winterson's talents in gigantic proportions. My favorite stories are "Atlantic Crossing," "The Poetics of Sex," and "24-Hour Dog." The aforementioned stories are what Winterson is about. She humanizes situations that are otherwise seen as taboo subjects -- and she does so with wonderful literary offerings. I couldn't recommend this gem enough...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Each story could be a novel in itself September 4, 2002
Winterson's fiction is compelling because she teaches a little bit about the physical world while at the same time leading the reader on a spectacular emotional journey. She is like a naturalist of the inner life, pointing out highlights along the way. Her writing is so beautiful it may make you cry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful way to end the year December 31, 2001
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Having read the rest of Winterson's in-print books this year, this volume of short stories proved a lovely, fitting end. Some were reflections found in her other works (Sexing the Cherry, Written on the Body), some were completely new to me. Just beautiful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Juicy reading October 30, 2000
I find Winterson's writing and style utterly electrifying. These various stories, some of which delve into the theme of what one risks reveals what one values, explore a variety of worlds and lives. One or two of the stories didn't resonate with me as much as the others, but overall this collection is marvelous. From the lush "The Poetics of Sex" to the dazzling "Orion" to the delightful "Turn of the World", these stories border on fables, and reminded me of works by Emma Donoghue, Angela Carter, and Ben Marcus, among others. Such an invigorating assortment that is certain to gratify daring readers.
My favorite line is from the story "Orion": "She realised that the only war worth fighting was the one that raged within; the rest were all diversions."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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These stories have re-shaped me with a force equalled only by Salinger's intrusion into my late 60s adolescence. I think. Could be the touching detail and frankness of women courting and loving each other. Could be the tone-poem lyricism, prose style. Could be the spring weather or could be the news. Could be luck, but I'm impressed. Winterson is wide open and she'll likely open you up a bit as well, with love.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The story entitled "Newton" makes this book worthy of purchase. Jeanette Winterson continues a streak of powerful, ingenious writing with this collection of short stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect gems of stories July 20, 2000
By A Customer
one of my favorite winterson books, ever. a magical twisting ride through fantastic landscapes. 17 lucious and sometimes bizarre stories transport you out of reality for awhile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Worlds & A Heart's Worth of Places
I debated the short story nature of it but all her fiction tends to have a short story flavour anyway, at least for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Skye
If you or your kids care about someone who mistreats animals and wrongly portrays strong women by gloating about it, , Please, BOYCOTT THIS AUTHOR. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angels Whisper
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Good Short Stories
If you are a Winterson fan, you will love this little book of stories. Intelligent, well-written, wildly imaginative and insightful, each story is a meal in itself and somehow part... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pollyanna Darling - Author & Intuitive
3.0 out of 5 stars Little hazy at times
Winterson is my favorite author so to give it three stars is not easy. The book is a collection of short stories, rich with symbolism and metaphor; however, the writing seems... Read more
Published 14 months ago by tri zappa
5.0 out of 5 stars Tea with the Countess...
Delicately, as was her habit, the Countess Esmerelda was eviscerating her afternoon mouse. I was nibbling a freshly-baked madeleine. Read more
Published 19 months ago by meeah
4.0 out of 5 stars Sentences Suitable for Engraving.
The best sentence in this book is: "It is right to kneel and the view is good."

This is followed very closely by: "In my head I had a white rabbit called Ezra who bit... Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Guttersnipe Das
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written
This book is a work of art. The author creates amazing visual imagery with her use of clever metaphors. Read more
Published on January 13, 2009 by Kiki Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Wow from Winterson
If you love her novels, you'll most likely love her short stories. What a gift.
Published on July 20, 2007 by CB
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant art
This book is beautiful. Like all her work, it overflows with passion and poetry.
Published on July 3, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A new friend
Jeanette Winterson and I have become friends. What a little gem of short stories. I picked this book up for $1. Read more
Published on December 10, 2000 by Tripp Fenderson
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