Girl Meets Boy

Girl Meets Boy

The Myth of Iphis

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Canongate, c2007.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781847670199
Branch Call Number: SMITH A
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 21 cm.


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Dec 22, 2014

Ali Smith captures the myth of Iphis in a contemporary story of gender fluidity, subversion, and anti-capitalist activism. It's a beautiful love story, and a slap at commercial values.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With a Book comment: "It was very messed up."

Jun 05, 2008

A very fine romance.


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Jun 05, 2008

(I can't bring myself to say the word.)
(Dear God. It is worse than the word cancer.)
(My little sister is going to grow up into a dissatisfied older predatory totally dried-up abnormal woman like Judi Dench in that film Notes on a Scandal.)
(My little sister is going to have a terrible sad life.)
...(My sister would be banned in schools if she was a book).


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