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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985)
de Jeanette Winterson
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What a triumph of a book! This is my first Winterson level, and it made me so happy - as a queer woman who was raised in a Christian household (Catholic school, Sunday school, the whole shebang) I saw parts of myself I recognized in there. The writing is beautiful, the story is amazing, and the imagery and themes - oranges, betrayal - are very prominent but without it being like Winterson is knocking you over the head with how obvious it is. Truly an amazing book and a wonderful piece of LGBT fiction, even though Winterson herself doesn't like the book being called a 'gay book'. ( )
I feel like I should have liked it more than I did. Maybe its all the Jesus stuff and the folklore. I wish it were more about the actual story, which I also didn't feel strongly for.
Very gay and northern how could you not love it
I read this book years ago in a graduate seminar and don't remember much of the details. But I do remember that it generated lots of good conversation.
I think that this probably had more impact when it was written than it did for me now, mainly because the author's family history is more widely known - the events of this autobiographical novel are not the surprise that they would have been at publication. I thought that the final chapter, with the allegory and analogy was the most inventive writing, the remainder read as a narrative line. I'm not sure that there's a lot more I can say here. I feel it may have lost some of its impact with time.
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Narratively, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is built on a particular irony - a contradiction in which it takes some sly delight....The novel may be a story of self-liberation for a secular age, but it recalls a traditional sense that a person's story is made significant by reference to the Bible. Why should any individual's story matter, after all? Because it follows the pattern of God-given precept and God-directed narrative. All the early heroes and heroines of the English novel - Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa - make sense of their peculiar lives by reference to the Bible
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Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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