Thursday, 2 July 2009

The World and other Places by Jeanette Winterson

This is a book of short stories by Jeanette Winterson, best known for her novels such as Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body etc. The first story here, 24 Hour Dog is wonderful, a perfect, heartbreaking story, in which the narrator takes home a new puppy:

He was a new beginning and every new beginning returns the world. In him, the rainforests were pristine and the sea had not been blunted. He was a map of clear outlines and unnamed hope. he was time before or time after. Time now had not spoilt him. In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.

All the other stories, though not quite reaching the same high standard are well worth reading and contain Winterson's trademark thought provoking content.

The World and Other Places by Jeanette Winterson, published by Vintage.


Julie said...

Thanks for the title. It sounds great. I'm always on the lookout for a good read.

Mistlethrush said...

I'm always looking for good short stories as resources. Will look this one up.

Deb said...

Oh, this sounds great. I recognized the name and realize,d after looking at her blog, that she is the Brit who wrote about gardening, that Michelle McGrane had quoted on her site, that I re-quoted (different stuff) on Stoney Moss. Next to my library catalog!