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Not The End Of The World

Not The End Of The World [Kindle Edition]

Kate Atkinson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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" Moving and funny and crammed with incidental wisdom." -- "Sunday Times"

Daily Mail

‘Exceptional…Sharp, witty and completely compelling'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1534 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316614300
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS8Q2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her latest novel Life After Life was shortlisted for the Women's (formerly Orange) Prize, the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award, and won the 2014 Costa Novel Award. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly pleasing read 1 Dec 2007
By D. Lee
I am an ardent admirer of Kate Atkinson's work, but must confess to being a little reluctant to read a collection of short stories as I most love her ability to expand and deliver storylines form the smallest intrigue within her novels. I should not have been so reticent to read this work however as the stories beautifully collide with characters, themes and much more. Never before have I been lead to re-read a book immediately after finishing it the first time, but this I have done with Not the End of the World with great relish. Not only would I wholeheartedly reccommend this book to anyone but I have just bought copies for many friends and relations for Xmas!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling 4 July 2010
By Allhug
I really enjoyed the intelligent but kooky nature of this book. It's a 5 star read for me.

I don't think I understood enough of the references to ancient Greek/Roman mythology so I'm off to do some research and reading. I also must read more of Atkinson's work as I thought her writing style was really engaging. - It speaks volumes that I scored this book 5/5 when I dislike dystopian or 'magical/fantasy' fiction in general. I think Atkinson approached her themes in a way that was entirely different from anything else I've read - she has a style all of her own, which makes her unique and interesting.

I was inclined to look for a 'purpose' to these stories - possibly a political or moral message. As a result, I feel it's quite important to read these stories in order and to continue to the end. The final chapter kind of made sense of it all for me, the idea of recapturing our oral tradition that was mentioned a few pages from the end hits the nail on the head as far as the purpose of this book is concerned. I think the references to pop culture, juxtaposed as they are against a backdrop of ancient greco-roman mythology are a comment on modern pre-occupations and that perhaps we are steaming our way to our own destruction in a valueless society. Pop culture is somehow vapid when aligned so expertly by Atkinson with the deeper religious and mystical significance of the ancient world. Capitalism as a whole is undermined here but it's done ever-so-subtly and in a way that doesn't appear dogmatic.

I really liked this thought provoking set of tales and I think the short story genre was a perfect medium.
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90 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read it for the storytelling not the story 1 Sep 2004
By F M Kay
I have read much of Kate Atkinsons other stories and as with this book I found that the real pleasure to be had is in the telling rather than the story itself. Her language and sense of humour are wonderful, her metaphors and descriptions are original and stick in the mind long after you have finished reading them.
However the only drawback I would say is you do get the feeling often that she has come up with a wonderful idea for a story, started off writing, got halfway through and then not known how to finish it (and it was highlighted here in the short stories where presumably she had to get in, tell the story and get out again in as few pages as possible!!)
If you can suspend the need to have a neatly tied up ending and can just enjoy the way the story was told these short stories are an interesting way to pass a few minutes without demanding too much headspace to follow a plot and I would say go for this. If you hate stories that just hang at the end, or suddenly take a turn for the absurd then best opt for something else!
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous, intriguing short stories 19 Nov 2002
Kate Atkinson is one of the most daring, intelligent and gifted women writers around, but after her remarkable debut, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, she veered a bit too far into post-modernism for me. With this collection of 12 interlinked short stories inspired by Greek myths, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Apocalyse she's not just back on form but better than ever. Yes it's still post-modern, but the playfulness and irony work as they didn't fully in Emotionally Weird. My favourite, Unseen Translation, is about the son of a ghastly pop-star who gets Artemis as his nanny. They made me laugh, shiver and cheer. Can't wait for the next novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 19 Jun 2010
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This book appears at first to be a collection of short stories, but the further you get into it the more you realise it isn't. You find that characters start reappearing and changing. Woven around quotes from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' (and if you can't read Latin it is worth looking up what they mean)the twelve tales are funny, strange and bizarre, but you certainly won't be bored. There are many layers of meaning to be found in this book, all told in Atkinson's brilliant prose.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising and beautiful 19 Mar 2004
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Each story in this strangely beautiful collection is set in its own alternative universe, all laced together by tenous links and threads. Each one holds its own suspension of reality, where the gods descend from Olympus, animals become humans and humans become cats, immortality is possible and nothing is quite as it seems. Kate Atkinson draws on everything from classical mythology to popular culture to produce a collection that sings with magic and humanity. Fantastically - terrifyingly - our own deepest hopes and fears are set in a world that allows them to come true.
Kate Atkinson's glorious prose (toned down somewhat from it's Behind the Scenes at the Museum zenith) nevertheless dances on every page, and it is sometimes simply enough to listen to the poetry of her words. Every story reads like a celebration of mystery, magic, human nature, humour, love, life and story-telling. A genuine pleasure to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Good story. Strange but interesting and Kate Atkinson writes so well.
Published 1 day ago by A. S. J. Rance
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4.0 out of 5 stars INTELLIGENT AND WITTY
I am not usually attracted to a book of short stories, preferring the ‘journey’ of progressing through a novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gloria
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Requires concentration, but the story stays with you all day, then sometimes comes in your dreams.
Published 2 months ago by C. Learmond
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all the stories were great but ok
Not all the stories were great but ok. Not as good as her book Life after Life which is excellent.
Published 3 months ago by Martin dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kate Atkinson excels in this thoroughly good read
Published 4 months ago by JA
3.0 out of 5 stars too short?
following on from all her other books, this was always going to be difficult- not enough time develop characters, too sketchy, so overall it was a decent read, but without the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin P. Lam
5.0 out of 5 stars A
Always brilliant. Kate atkinson can't write fast enough for me. More please. Insightful,poignant,funny and such a crystal style. Great read.
Published 8 months ago by S L Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a gift and the recipient was pleased with it. so overall,...
this was a gift and the recipient was pleased with it. so overall, pleased that I bought this and the price was compitive.
Published 9 months ago by ruth davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat yourself
Kate Atkinson writes these short stories with such humour and teases out the fun , including characters from one to another.This book is a fabulous box of treats.
Published 9 months ago by Caroline L. Lakin
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