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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011)

de Jeanette Winterson

Altres autors: T. S. Eliot (Autor), Anne Sexton (Autor)

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This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother by the author of "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit"--winner of the Whitbread First Novel award and the inspiration behind the award-winning BBC television adaptation "Oranges."
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  AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
Marvelous memoir of a difficult upbringing. Books saved her, and it shows. ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
La prima cosa che mi viene da dire riguarda a questo libro autobiografico è: Jeanette Winterson ha avuto una vita per la quale valga la pena scrivere un'autobiografia (non si può certo dire di tutte le autobiografie che transitano nelle librerie). La seconda è: quanti danni riesce a fare chi vede la felicità come un peccato capitale dalla quale non c'è redenzione?

Mi ha sempre fatto una pessima impressione chi si ostina a vedere degrado morale nella rilassatezza e nella gioia di vivere: è un modo cupo di campare. C'è già abbastanza dolore nella vita di ognuno, devi anche vedere l'apocalisse dietro ogni angolo?

Eppure è con una madre così che è cresciuta l'autrice, che ha la mia stima per aver cercato di capirla e perdonarla: forse, nei suoi panni, avrei continuato ad avercela con lei per tutta la vita.

Primo libro di Jeanette Winterson che leggo, penso proprio che continuerò nella scoperta di questa autrice. Dato che Perché essere felice quando puoi essere normale? è anche la storia di come sono nati alcuni dei suoi libri (in particolare, Non ci sono solo le arance), mi ha messo molta curiosità di conoscere altri suoi lavori. ( )
  lasiepedimore | Sep 12, 2023 |
I have a new favorite lesbian writer. ( )
  JRobinW | Jan 20, 2023 |
Both the book and Winterson's "performance" of reading it are brilliant. I felt as if she were sitting next to me in the car telling me her story. It's the story of her growing up and then more recent years...skipping some time in the middle of her life. If you've read Oranges you'll enjoyed this very much, but even if you've never read a word of Winterson's writing this is an excellent memoir about mothers--adopted, biological, chosen--and daughters, about learning how to live in the world, about claiming your life. But it's not just about mothers and daughters so don't be put off. And its certainly not about mothers and daughters in any sappy kind of way, but in the raw grittiness of how things are or can be. It's about Winterson's life, her desire to write, her reading, English literature, industrial northern England, going mad, finding love, etc. The only draw-back to listening to this rather than reading it is that I couldn't underline the poignant moments, the bits of philosophy or beautiful sentences that I'd like to go back to and appreciate. I plan on reading the book in the future so I can do just that. ( )
  Chris.Wolak | Oct 13, 2022 |
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Where Winterson's debut, a tragic-comic tale of a young girl who is adopted by Pentecostal missionaries in Accrington, offered us a semi-fictionalised version of her childhood, her latest describes the reality. And what a hellish reality it was. Winterson's story is one of abandonment, loneliness, madness and defiance. It is both inspiring and appalling, its cruellest details only made digestible by the restrained elegance of Winterson's prose.
afegit per thorold | editaThe Independent, Fiona Sturges (Nov 6, 2011)
 
This is certainly the most moving book of Winterson's I have ever read, and it also feels like the most turbulent and the least controlled.
afegit per thorold | editaThe Guardian, Zoe Williams (Nov 4, 2011)
 

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To my three mothers:
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When my mother was angry with me, which was often, she said, 'The Devil led us to the wrong crib.'
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When love is unreliable and you are a child, you assume that it is the nature of love - its quality - to be unreliable. Children do not find fault with their parents until later. In the beginning the love you get is the love that sets.

Me he dado cuénta de que hacer lo más inteligente solo es una buena idea cuando se trata de decisiones pequeñas. Para las cosas que te cambian la vida hay que arriesgarse.
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This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother by the author of "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit"--winner of the Whitbread First Novel award and the inspiration behind the award-winning BBC television adaptation "Oranges."

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