Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Publish date: March 6th 2012
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pages no: 230
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Biography Memoir
I read Why Be Happy immediately after rereading [b:Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit|15055|Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit|Jeanette Winterson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1267717580s/15055.jpg|1411520] for the first time since I was nineteen. I remember going through a Winterson ‘phase’ when I was a st...
When a memoir starts with a title like that, it's apparent it's not going to be all sweetness and light. Particularly when it's fairly quickly on the table that it is Jeanette Winterson's adoptive mother who said the titular line. With that established, this is obviously not a slight read, slim thou...
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...
Current review:One of those books that makes you want to read a paragraph aloud at least once a page. This book will make you annoying to your family. Read it anyway.Previous review:Just. Too. Good.I had to return it to the library today. I'm going to put it on my wish list so I'll have a copy of my...
Having read Oranges and knowing her general history I thought this autobiography will be bitter, but it's not and I love it. There's this deep level of understanding on who Mrs. Winterson was and how she was; how the combination just sucks big time and "ruined" the relationship. But she's not blamin...