Writers: Jeanette Winterson

  • Visitor

    'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit' by Jeanette Winterson

    I first read Oranges some months ago was ridiculously under whelmed by it. Re-reading it for lectures this week I and still I

  • Nicola Ward

    Feast on the Fruit

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    I'm shocked at the terrible reviews this book has received on CN. This book is quite remarkable and holds an important place in literary history. It is so much more than a "coming out" tale, it pushes boundaries and most importantly it is still relevant today. It is bold, gritty and unapologetic. I acknowledge that this book is not an easy read and it should definitely not be rushed. This isn't a narrative with a climax; it doesn't end with a dramatic crescendo of emotion. It is an intelligent process; a spiral narrative that expands the mind and requires the reader to challenge preconceived notions of a narrative should be constructed. I have read this book several times and each time I read it, I discover something new, alternative meaning. This really embodies the true meaning of the book, difference, diversity and acceptance.

  • Visitor

    Pears are better than oranges

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    Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical tale of the coming of age of a young girl, inclined towards females, and brought up in a strict Christian community, is mediocre at best. The progression of Jeanette through puberty, lesbianism, and being outcast from her religious community, evoked no feelings of sympathy in me whatsoever. The story of a car bomber expelled from his terrorist cell would inspire more emotion in me. Homosexuality combatting religious discrimination is one of the oldest battles in history, and Winterson's book does not make it any more appealing. In fact, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit merely compels me to throw myself into religious mania - not the desired effect of the book, I am sure. The single good thing about the book is the quality of writing - Winterson is no Dan Brown and for that i am thankful. Here we merely have an uninventive, insipid novel that is written well. Would you read it now?

  • Visitor

    Pears are better than oranges

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    Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical tale of the coming of age of a young girl, inclined towards females, and brought up in a strict Christian community, is mediocre at best. As we follow the tale of Jeanette through puberty, lesbianism, and being outcast from her religious community, i felt no sympathy whatsoever. The story of a terrorist expelled from his terrorist cell would inspire more emotion in me. Homosexuality combatting religious discrimination is one of the oldest battles in history, and Winterson's book does not make it anymore appealing. In fact, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit merely compels me to throw myself into religious mania - not the desired effect of the book, I am sure. The single good thing about the book is the quality of writing - Winterson is no Dan Brown (thank goodness) and for that i am thankful. Here we merely have an uninventive novel that is written well. Would you read it now?

  • Amanda Leduc

    The difficulties of story

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    I was immediately pulled into this novel

  • Heidi Polk

    Perhaps all romance is like that; not a contract between equal parties but an explosion of dreams and desires...

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    I absolutely loved _Oranges are Not the Only Fruit_ , which I read during a lit course. I didn't quite know what to expect with this book, but I was very interested to see what Winterson would do. This book is about passion, but perhaps not passion in the conventional manner we understand, the all-wrapped-up-in-love sort of way. Instead, it's about the passion that drives people to pursue ambitions and dreams, as well as other people; the fierce feelings evoked and inspired by something greater that is outside of yourself, that which can serve as a point of concentrated focus for everything inside of you. It's a wonderful conceit for a book and Winterson uses the language within her novel to tremendous effect, creating ethereal, dreamlike scenarios that vie with the grit and gore of warfare. My only criticism of the book would be that it doesn't really feel like it has a cohesive structure (unless it's the central theme of passion). The two main characters of the novel lead v...I absolutely loved _Oranges are Not the Only Fruit_ , which I read during a lit course. I didn't quite know what to expect with this book, but I was very interested to see what Winterson would do. This book is about passion, but perhaps not passion in the conventional manner we understand, the all-wrapped-up-in-love sort of way. Instead, it's about the passion that drives people to pursue ambitions and dreams, as well as other people; the fierce feelings evoked and inspired by something greater that is outside of yourself, that which can serve as a point of concentrated focus for everything inside of you. It's a wonderful conceit for a book and Winterson uses the language within her novel to tremendous effect, creating ethereal, dreamlike scenarios that vie with the grit and gore of warfare. My only criticism of the book would be that it doesn't really feel like it has a cohesive structure (unless it's the central theme of passion). The two main characters of the novel lead very separate lives until the last fifty pages or so when they are thrown together due to chance events. This happens so quickly (one might say even abruptly) that it left me a bit suspicious of the sudden surge in sympathetic feeling that grows between Henri and Villanelle. This might have been more believable if the novel itself was longer - as it currently stands, the opening unwinds leisurely and the last third sums it all up rapidly, so it could have just been a matter of pacing. Despite this disparity in pace, the book was fairly interesting (though still not as good as _Oranges_ !) (more)

  • Diane Langford

    Genius, honest, riveting

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    This is the raw material from which Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was wrought. Oranges was an easier read than this and had moments of hilarity which are few in this honest retelling of the Oranges story, this time as autobiography, though shaped in such a way that it reads like a novel. The character of Mrs Winterson, the author's mother, looms large and her physical description - she could fill up a phone box - her enormous, sandalled feet - is scary. All in all it's a bit of a miracle that Winterson survived her horrendous childhood but her love of reading saved her. She devoured the entire contents of the local library, going around the walls until she was done, and so educated herself to a high degree until she was eventually accepted at Oxford. Winterstone's writing is not always successful in my humble, as her experiments don't always come off for the reader, but here, the story-telling is exquisite and moving.

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