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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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Jeanette, the protagonist of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and the author's namesake, has issues--"unnatural" ones: her adopted mam thinks she's the Chosen one from God; she's beginning to fancy girls; and an orange demon keeps popping into her psyche. Already Jeanette Winterson's... show more
Jeanette, the protagonist of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and the author's namesake, has issues--"unnatural" ones: her adopted mam thinks she's the Chosen one from God; she's beginning to fancy girls; and an orange demon keeps popping into her psyche. Already Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical first novel is not your typical coming-of-age tale. Brought up in a working-class Pentecostal family, up North, Jeanette follows the path her Mam has set for her. This involves Bible quizzes, a stint as a tambourine-playing Sally Army officer and a future as a missionary in Africa, or some other "heathen state". When Jeanette starts going to school ("The Breeding Ground") and confides in her mother about her feelings for another girl ("Unnatural Passions"), she's swept up in a feverish frenzy for her tainted soul. Confused, angry and alone, Jeanette strikes out on her own path, that involves a funeral parlour and an ice-cream van. Mixed in with the so-called reality of Jeanette's existence growing up are unconventional fairy tales that transcend the everyday world, subverting the traditional preconceptions of the damsel in distress. In Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Winterson knits a complicated picture of teenage angst through a series of layered narratives, incorporating and subverting fairytales and myths, to present a coherent whole, within which her stories can stand independently. Imaginative and mischievous, she is a born storyteller, teasing and taunting the reader to reconsider their worldview. --Nicola Perry
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780044406716 (0044406711)
Publisher: Pandora Press
Pages no: 182
Edition language: English
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4.0 Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Like most experimental stories, it took me a few days to decide if this one is terrible or brilliant. With experimental writing, there is always a fine line between “OMG this is awesome!” and “WTF is this?” Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is part autobiography, part essay, and part fairytale. These d...
Bettie's Books
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3.0 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
bookshelves: radio-4, published-1985, glbt, author-in-the-mirror, lit-richer, protestant, play-dramatisation, amusing, britain-england, eng-lanc-accrington, authoritarian-parenting, autobiography-memoir Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from April 07 to 17, 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/pro...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
2.5 Winterson's Oranges are not the Only Fruit
This is a book about a teenage lesbian who is razed in a fundamentalist christian household. The book was written in 1984 and it very much smacks of the most tedious parts of 1980s lesbian radicalism. Despite the fact that the main male character is a man who has been henpecked into non-existence ...
Gayla
Gayla rated it
3.0 The Daylight Gate, Jeannette Winterson
I had every intention of loving this book, but unfortunately it didn't grab me the way that Winterson's novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit or her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? did. Winterson's writing in this novella is as vivid and evocative as always, but I wanted more charact...
Born to be Bookahoilc :D
Born to be Bookahoilc :D rated it
3.0
Per me vale lo stesso discorso de "Scritto sul corpo": la Winterson scrive meravigliosamente, a tratti ironica, a tratti profonda.. E sebbene mi piaccia molto ciò che scrive, è pesante. Non scorre, c'è poco da fare :(
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