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Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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The New York Times–bestselling author’s Whitbread Prize–winning debut—“Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel” (The Washington Post Book World).
When it first appeared, Jeanette Winterson’s extraordinary debut novel received unanimous international praise, including the prestigious Whitbread Prize for best first fiction. Winterson went on to fulfill that promise, producing some of the most dazzling fiction and nonfiction of the past decade, including her celebrated memoir Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?. Now required reading in contemporary literature, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a funny, poignant exploration of a young girl’s adolescence.
Jeanette is a bright and rebellious orphan who is adopted into an evangelical household in the dour, industrial North of England and finds herself embroidering grim religious mottoes and shaking her little tambourine for Jesus. But as this budding missionary comes of age, and comes to terms with her unorthodox sexuality, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household dissolves. Jeanette’s insistence on listening to truths of her own heart and mind—and on reporting them with wit and passion—makes for an unforgettable chronicle of an eccentric, moving passage into adulthood.
“If Flannery O’Connor and Rita Mae Brown had collaborated on the coming-out story of a young British girl in the 1960s, maybe they would have approached the quirky and subtle hilarity of Jeanette Winterson’s autobiographical first novel. . . . Winterson’s voice, with its idiosyncratic wit and sensitivity, is one you’ve never heard before.” —Ms. Magazine
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  • lilshared an impression5 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me

    Lo único rescatable es la controversia entre ser una persona religiosa asidua y ser homosexual. La historia en sí no me aportó nada. Y la versión disponible en inglés está tan mal hecha que llega a ser confusa, o de plano mi inglés es muy malo.

  • al mshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    A curious book. Not one of my favourite books (and the author's writing style seems to me somewhat peculiar), but is definitely worth reading.

  • aicirtaPshared an impression5 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me

    No supe que esperar de este libro cuando lo empecé a leer.

    No sé, tal vez necesite leerlo de nuevo.


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    It’s not a word people use very often, which confuses me, because there are different kinds of infidelity, but betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it. By betrayal, I mean promising to be on your side, then being on somebody else’s.
  • Yrina Rzhas quoted5 years ago
    What is it?’

    ‘It’s my heart.’

    ‘But it’s made of stone.’

    ‘I know,’ the raven replied sadly. ‘You see I chose to stay, oh, a long time ago, and my heart grew thick with sorrow, and finally set.
  • Soliloquios Literarioshas quoted5 years ago
    And so, being sensible, the collector of curios will surround himself with dead things, and think about the past when it lived and moved and had being. The collector of curios lives in a derelict railway station with a video of various trains. He is the original living dead

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