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Girl meets boy : the myth of Iphis. Myths are universal and timeless stories that reflect and shape our lives – they explore our desires, our fears, our longings and provide narratives that remind us what it means to be human

Girl meets boy : the myth of Iphis. ISBN 9781921351105 (pb. 1. Mythology, Classical - Fiction. Myths are universal and timeless stories that reflect and shape our lives – they explore our desires, our fears, our longings and provide narratives that remind us what it means to be human. The Myths series brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way.

Girl Meets Boy" is a re-telling of the myth of Iphis, which tells how love can be a transformative power, originally found in Ovid's "Metamorphoses". Ovid's myth is about Iphis, a girl raised as a boy by her mother, because her father threatened to kill her child at birth if she was a girl

Girl Meets Boy" is a re-telling of the myth of Iphis, which tells how love can be a transformative power, originally found in Ovid's "Metamorphoses". Ovid's myth is about Iphis, a girl raised as a boy by her mother, because her father threatened to kill her child at birth if she was a girl. In Ali Smith's contemporary version of the myth, the story is told by two sisters, Imogen and Anthea Gunn.

Girl Meets Boy pulls you in and doesn't let you go. Never afraid of big ideas, morality or politics, Smith's . It’s an amusing retelling of the myth, remarkably joyful. The best section comes near the end, where Smith is at full ess describing a wedding. Never afraid of big ideas, morality or politics, Smith's retelling is bold and brilliant. Cheerful, sexy, disorienting. Smith's spare and sharp lyricism. are handled with glee. and Smith's cadences, which read like classical drama, carry the novel along beautifully. One person found this helpful.

Everything was possible. I had not really known I could be so much more than myself. I had not known another body could do this to mine.

Girl Meets Boy is Smith's retelling of Ovid's story of Iphis and Ianthe, which deals with the idea gender fluidity or transformation within the context of heteronormativity. What Smith does, however, is to tell the story, or rather a story playing with similar ideas, in the context of two sisters, Anthea and Imogen ("Midge"), based in one of my favourite places - Inverness.

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In Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith reinterprets the Myth of Iphis, the girl who became a boy, as a brilliant hybrid of satire and romantic comedy. This is a warm, funny, subversive romp through the murky hinterland of corporate perfidy, by an author the Scotsman has described as 'one of our greatest imaginative writers'.

Girl Meets Boy is a 2007 novel by Scottish author Ali Smith and published by Canongate in the Canongate Myth Series. It was one of the 'best books of 2007' according to critics at The Independent. A modern-day reinterpretation of Ovid's myth of Iphis, it concerns two sisters, Anthea and Imogen (Midge) living in Inverness.

Girl meets boy. It’s a story as old as time. But in Whitbread winner Ali Smith’s lyrical, funny, mash-up of Ovid’s most joyful gender-bending metamorphosis story, girl meets boy in so many more ways than one. Imogen and Anthea, sisters that are opposites, work together at Pure, a creative agency attempting to “bottle imagination, politics, and nature” in the form of a new Scottish bottled-water business with global aspirations. Anthea, somewhat flighty and bored with the office environment, becomes enamored of an “interventionist protest artist” nicknamed Iphisol, whose billboard-size corporate slurs around town are the bane of Pure’s existence. And when Anthea and Iphisol meet, it’s a match made in heaven. Girl Meets Boy is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, the absurdity of consumerism, as well as a story of reversals and revelations that’s as sharply witty as it is lyrical. Funny, fresh, poetic, and political, Girl Meets Boy is a myth of metamorphosis for a world made in Madison Avenue’s image, and the funniest addition to The Myths series from Canongate since The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

Comments: (7)

Siralune
This novel by Smith is loosely based on Ovid's story "Iphis and Ianthe" from his Metamorphoses. It is about two sisters, Anthea and Imogen, who live in a small Scottish town in their grandparents house. Their grandparents disappeared while sailing Europe and left the house to the girls. The novel begins with a memory of their grandfather telling them a story which begins, "Let me tell you about when I was a girl," which brings squeals of delight and giggles from the little girls sitting in his lap. So it begins happily enough but we soon find out there is trouble in paradise.

Both girls work for a corporation called Pure, a bottled water company, which is not all that it seems. While Imogen is moving her way up the corporate ladder, Anthea is unhappy at work and feels out of place. Then one day Anthea is looking out of the window at work and sees what she thinks is a young man in a kilt writing graffiti about Pure on Pure's walls and signing his work Iphis. Anthea is intrigued so she rushes out of the office to check it out. Upon getting close to this stranger, Anthea thinks: "He was the most beautiful boy I had ever seen in my life. But he looked really like a girl." It turns out to be a girl, a girl named Robin, who had gone to school with the sisters and Imogen remembers her as being weird even then. But soon Robin and Anthea begin a guerilla warfare type of campaign against Pure and start posting their messages all over town.

Meanwhile Imogen get a promotion for a creative idea she has and is sent to Pure's base camp to meet with the boss, Keith, who turns out to be an evil mastermind after world dominance. This totally turns Imogen around about the corporation and what she is doing with her life. Without telling everything about the novel I will stop here and let you read it for yourself. It is a delightful little novel and not at all like most of the stories in Ovid's "Metamorphoses" as it is much too lighthearted for that. Imogen, Anthea, and Robin are all delightfully delicious characters who you will fall in love with.
Irostamore
I’m currently on an Ali Smith binge, and this slim volume strikes me as a quickie: quickly written, quickly read. It’s an amusing retelling of the myth, remarkably joyful. The best section comes near the end, where Smith is at full stream-of-consciousness describing a wedding.
Arcanescar
A good enough book, but not one that moved me in a life-changing way. Smith doesn't quite pull off the abstractions where she wanders into the Iphsis myth, but I respect her for making the effort to do something that you don't find in every lesbian love story you come across.
Nahelm
Great book in the Myths series. Challenge of political correctness, sexual curiouisty, fantacy all I a modern day myth. Fun!
Aradwyn
One of my favorite books. Ali Smith is a fantastic writer.
Precious
Good condition.
Xurad
Amazing book and fantastic writing by Smith. Her novels is well written and truly lovely and captivating to read. The whole series of books are an amazing undertaking. I enjoyed and recommend this book to people who appreciate good writing and plot
Well, clearly this worked for some people. I'm amazed.

I thought it was bad, bad, bad - a thin, preeny, facile, substanceless book. Perhaps Canongate should seriously consider asking people less famous to write for this Myth series: some of them have been good (Winterson's is clever and stylish), but it's clearly tempting for a celebrity author just to doodle something over the dinner table. And the gender-switching Iphis-Ianthe story is so promising! A witty writer could have done so much with witty Ovid. This is as flat and predictable as shop-bottled water, and will last about as well.

The Ovid story is in "Metamorphoses", available in a very lively translation by Charles Martin. So much more fun than this ...
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (MYTHS) download epub
Humanities
Author: Ali Smith
ISBN: 1847670199
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Canongate U.S.; 1st Edition edition (December 21, 2007)
Pages: 176 pages