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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Paperback – Bargain Price, August 20, 1997
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The girl soaks it up -- to a point. Things begin to come apart, inevitably, and later still, as a teen, there's the narrator's growing knowledge that she is passionately, yearningly, and quite happily in love with a girl her age named Katy -- and no amount of exorcism will change that. The affair proceeds. Winterson is smart enough to put it all together with grace and humor. Her bright and resourceful protagonist travels a great and difficult path, avoiding all the predictable plot formulas. No whining or self-pity, either.
There is incisive wit, a smart and brave presentation of the (sometimes appalling) facts; very good use of myth, history and politics, fairy tales, Bible and church miscellany; amazing observation. This is a detailed and often funny picture of a truly strange household, a great girl, and there's a lot of love -- in this wonderful novel.
No less importantly, it's the first look at a word smith of the finest calibre. Every word has import and can build, nuance by nuance, into breathtaking metaphors that only emerge after you've finished the book and find yourself thinking about it. I like to read Winterson out loud, because hearing words and reading them are two different experiences.
This book is a must read because the true high art of lesbian-themed writing is found here.
Jeanette is an orphan child adopted my a fanatic Evangelical woman who believes that the child is sent to her by God. Jeanette's mother raises her with three strict ideas in mind for her- one, that she will be a missionary child... two, that she will be a servant of God... and three, that she will be a blessing. Her strict moral upbringing causes her severe grief when her mother has to enroll her into school at the age of seven. The children, the teachers, and even the administrators find her preaching attitude a bit unnerving. As a child her only friend is an older woman named Elsie Norris who is a bit of an eccentric, and her life is completely dominated by her mother's quest to convert all of the heathens in the world.
But when she is 14 she meets a young woman from the fish market who will compromise everything that Jeanette knows about herself, but does not bring her to lose her faith in God. Rather the opposite, through a series of events during this friendship she finds herself being drawn closer into the fervor of her faith. It is not until the affair comes to a climax that Jeanette really begins to question the path her mother has set her on.
"He turned to me.
`I love her.'
`Then you do not love God.'
`Yes, I love both of them.'
The book skillfully touches on the controversy of homosexuality in the Christian community, and deals with many of the biased points of views of that religion that still exists to this day. This is a tremendous book.Read more ›
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I thought this was a poor depiction of the fringe of gender and was unimpressed.Published 5 days ago by Bri Bird
Excellent book! I also recommend following up this book with Jeanette Winterson's "Why be Happy When you Could be Normal."
It was interesting as it covered a populatio subject I was not familiar with, being fundamentalist Christias in England.Published 2 months ago by Claire Zindler
Overall the book flowed well. Her evolution and environment were well described. Good short read about a strong woman character.Published 5 months ago by GKL
Heard about this book on the BBC - the author was doing a piece and it intrigued me - a very good read - poignant , honest , funny , thoroughly enjoyable - more so if you ever... Read morePublished 6 months ago by stephen m
Good condition, depends on what you liked to read. Only bought it for a class.Published 7 months ago by JJ92