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I always enjoy reading Jeanette Winterson. Her account of her upbringing by her quite mad adoptive mother is both brilliant and chilling. It may best be described as child abuse by a religious fanatic. I begin to lose myself, though, when Winterson describes the period of her recent madness. Her attempt to analyze and heal herself, using Jung, Freud, and poetry, simply does not ring true. When she ends the book by saying she does not know what happens next, I believe she is admitting to something about herself that she does not yet understand. When you compare an autobiographical book about madness, like Kay Redfield Jamison's, to Winterson's, the latter's narrative seems wanting. I found myself just wanting the last 90 pages of the book to be over with. Nevertheless, Winterson's account of her life up to her time at Oxford is brilliantly rendered, and is more than reward enough for engaging with this sensational and challenging memoir.