Ali/x is a digital Orlando for the modern age, moving across time and through transmutations of identity, weaving her stories with "long lines of laptop DNA" and shaping herself to the reader's desire. She wants to make love as simple as a song, but even in cyberspace there is no love without pain. Ali/x offers a stranger on the other side of the screen the opportunity of freedom for one night. She falls in love with her beautiful stranger, and finds herself reinvented by her own story.
The PowerBook is rich with historical allegory and literary allusion. Winterson's dialogue crackles with humor, snappy dialogue, and good jokes, several of which are at her own expense. This is a world of disguise, boundary crossing, and emotional diversions that change the navigation of the plot of life. Strangely sprouting tulips are erected in place of the phallus. Husbands and wives are uncoupled. Lovers disappear in the night to escape from themselves. On the hard drive of The PowerBook are stored a variety of stories that the reader can download and open at will, complete stories that loop through the central narrative. The tale of Mallory's third expedition, the disinterring of the Roman Governor of London in Spitalfields Church, or the contemplation of "great and ruinous lovers" are capsules of narrative compression. In Winterson's compacted meaning, language becomes a character in its own right--it is one of the heroes of the novel.
"What I am seeking to do in my work is to make a form that answers to 21st-century needs," Winterson has written. The PowerBook does just that. Her prose has found a metaphor for its linguistic forms of creation that feels almost invented for her, "a web of coordinates that will change the world." There will be a virtual rush of Internet-themed books in the networked naughties. With The PowerBook Winterson has triumphantly gotten there first. --Rachel Holmes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
If you care about how someone mistreats animals and wrongly portrays strong women, Please, BOYCOTT THIS AUTHOR. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION. What a vindictive bitch this person is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angels Whisper
Once again Ms Winterson paints then peels away the lived aspirations of monotony to dazzle us with ourSelves. Oxygen in a carcinogenic atmosphere. Read morePublished 5 months ago by djinn
Enjoyed the history of doomed romance spattered in the pages (sort of a foreshadowing, setting the stage). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jay-Jay
I read the Power Book at a time in my life where I needed something but wasn't aware of what I needed. This book turned out to be it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jaz
Contrived or not, Winterson's writing is poetic and fun to read.
My favorite line: Meatspace still has some advantages for a carbon-based girl.
I picked up this book during a vacation to Key West a couple years ago. I'd found my way into an old book store in town, stuffed to the rafters with new and used books. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Linda C. Wright
Winterson's Powerbook is a fanciful tale (or two or three) of "desire and boundaries" that explores the world of tomorrow, the world of yesterday, and the uncharted, unknown... Read morePublished on May 30, 2009 by Mr. Mondegreen
I'm all for intelligent narrative. I'm all for making the reader exert an effort to understand, to excavate meaning. Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by Alessia Brio
I am surprised that there have been no (none!) reviews of this beautifully written fascinating book. Read morePublished on April 22, 2008 by Norman Kurland