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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Having read the rest of Winterson's in-print books this year, this volume of short stories proved a lovely, fitting end. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by Ellen C. Falkenberry
This book is beautiful. Like all her work, it overflows with passion and poetry.Published on July 3 2001
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.Published on July 20 2000