Jeanette Winterson

Sexing the Cherry

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In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth-century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames. The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, though he finds that the world’s most curious oddities come from his own mind. Winterson leads the reader from discussions on the nature of time to Jordan’s fascination with journeys concealed within other journeys, all with a dizzying speed that shoots the reader from epiphany to shimmering epiphany.
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159 printed pages
Original publication
2007

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    reyhanakcanhas quoted2 years ago
    I am a woman going mad. I am a woman hallucinating. I imagine I am huge, raw, a giant. When I am a giant I go out with my sleeves rolled up and my skirts swirling round me like a whirlpool. I have a sack such as kittens are drowned in and I stop off all over the world filling it up. Men shoot at me, but I take the bullets out of my cleavage and I chew them up. Then I laugh and laugh and break their guns between my fingers the way you would a wish-bone.
    Daria Standallhas quotedlast year
    I wanted to give him a river name, a name not bound to anything, just as the waters aren't bound to anything. When a woman gives birth her waters break and she pours out the child and the child runs free. I would have liked to pour out a child from my body but you have to have a man for that and there's no man who's a match for me.
    anshikasharma0811has quoted4 years ago
    LIES 1: There is only the present and nothing to remember.
    LIES 2: Time is a straight line.
    LIES 3: The difference between the past and the future is that one has happened while the other has not.
    LIES 4: We can only be in one place at a time.
    LIES 5: Any proposition that contains the word ‘finite’ (the world, the universe, experience, ourselves…)
    LIES 6: Reality as something which can be agreed upon.
    LIES 7: Reality as truth.

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