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Jeanette Winterson

Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959. She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England. Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, published in 1985. She graduated from St Catherine's College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora Press.One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Jeanette Winterson was named as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Writers' in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council. Her novels include Boating for Beginners (1985), published shortly after Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and described by the author as 'a comic book with pictures'; The Passion (1987), twin narratives following the adventures of the web-footed daughter of a Venetian gondolier and Napoleon's chicken chef; Sexing the Cherry (1989), an invented world set during the English Civil War featuring the fabulous 'Dog Woman' and the orphan she raises; and three books exploring triangular relationships, gender and formal experimentation: Written on the Body (1992), Art and Lies (1994) and Gut Symmetries (1997). She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The World and Other Places (1998), and a book of essays about art and culture, Art Objects, published in 1995. Her novel The. PowerBook (2000) she adapted for the National Theatre in 2002. Jeanette Winterson's work is published in 28 countries. Her latest novel is The Battle of the Sun (2009). She has also edited Midsummer Nights (2009), a collection of stories inspired by opera, by contemporary writers, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera. She adapted Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for BBC television in 1990, and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC2 in 1994. She is also editor of a series of new editions of novels by Virginia Woolf published in the UK by Vintage. She is a regular contributor of reviews and articles to many newspapers and journals and has a regular column published in The Guardian. Her radio drama includes the play Text Message, broadcast by BBC Radio in November 2001. The King of Capri (2003) and Tanglewreck (2006) are children's stories. Lighthousekeeping (2004), centres on the orphaned heroine Silver, taken in by the keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, Mr Pew, whose stories of love and loss, passion and longing, are interwoven in the narrative. Her most recent book is The Battle of the Sun (2009). Jeanette Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London. In 2006, she was awarded an OBE.

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Soliloquios Literarioshas quoted2 years ago
I do not know why she didn’t/couldn’t have children. I know that she adopted me because she wanted a friend (she had none), and because I was like a flare sent out into the world
tyahas quoted2 years ago
To do something large and to do it well demands such observances, personal and peculiar, laughable as they often are, because they stave off that dinginess of soul that says that everything is small and grubby and nothing is really worth the effort.
tyahas quoted2 years ago
Oranges is an experimental novel: its interests are anti-linear. It offers a complicated narrative structure disguised as a simple one, it employs a very large vocabulary and a beguilingly straight-forward syntax. This means that you can read in spirals. As a shape, the spiral is fluid and allows infinite movement. But is it movement backwards or forwards? Is it height or depth? Draw several, each drifting into each and all this will be clear.

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Ульяна Ханбековаshared an impression3 months ago
👍Worth reading

Проглотила почти за сутки. Приятный английский, но иногда попадаются нераспространённые слова (это понятно, английская литература в Оксфорде).

Почти честная книга о трудном детстве. О странной смеси привязанности, любви и ненависти к ужасным родителям. О том, как быть приёмным ребёнком. Как быть лесбиянкой в религиозной семье. Этакая Кэрри, но с отцом и без мистики.

Мне нравится, что тут нет хэппи-энда.

  • Jeanette Winterson
    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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  • Jailin Camposshared an impression9 months ago
    🌴Beach Bag Book
    😄LOLZ
    👍Worth reading

    Como a veces hago, escogí este libro por el título: ¿Por qué ser feliz, si puedes ser normal? Porque lo más increíble de esa pregunta, es que hay MUCHA gente que decide vivir su vida de esa manera, y pues no habría problema si no fuera porque en ese camino hacia la infelicidad arrastran a todas las personas a su alrededor.

    Esta no es una novela de ficción en el sentido estricto, si es que cualquier obra autobiográfica no termina siendo siempre una ficción.

    Jeanette escribe en este libro acerca de sus recuerdos, emociones y pensamientos como niña adoptada, y ya como mujer adulta, emprendiendo el burocrático y emocionalmente duro proceso de buscar a su madre biológica.

    Es un libro duro, que retrata una infancia con una madre adoptiva incapaz de demostrar amor y comprensión. Un personaje que parece ser borderline (no soy especialista) y que por más horrible que parezca, Jeanette hasta el día de hoy, sigue buscando su amor y aprobación.

    Pero no crean que van a llorar, en más de una ocasión lo que hice fue reírme. Un lenguaje sencillo y fresco. Frases reveladoras y maravillosas. Humor negro. Incesante lucha interna por entenderse a sí misma.

    Me gustó mucho, tanto que voy a leerme ahora Oranges, el libro más famoso de Winterson. Recomendado.

  • Jeanette Winterson
    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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    • 548
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  • utiutsshared an impression4 months ago
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🎯Worthwhile
    💞Loved Up
    🌴Beach Bag Book
    👍Worth reading

  • Jeanette Winterson
    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
    • 161
    • 548
    • 5
    • 20
    Books
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