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Summary

The Myth of Atlas and Heracles retold and performed by Dick Hill and Susie Breck.

Condemned to shoulder the world "for ever" by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden, and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him....

Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles.

©2005 Jeanette Winterson (P)2012 Canongate Books

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  • 11-01-13

Unexpectedly personal ...

Firstly let me say that I’m really enjoying the whole Canongate Myth series so far (I’m 5 books in now). I’m finding them all interesting, challenging, personal accounts of how story/myth has affected the various authors and their world views. ‘Weight’ carries on in the same vein, and Jeanette Winterson’s mix of autobiography and mythical tales works brilliantly, especially as the two other narrators take the roles of various characters in the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, and though it is short it is in no way trivial or an easy read.

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