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Written on the Body Paperback – February 1, 1994
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Top Customer Reviews
This has to be one of (I should say *the*) best books I have ever read. I suggest it to everyone. For its writing, its content, its beauty, its magic. To use the art of a genderless narrator is absolutely divine and original. I can't think of any other piece of literature that has even tried to break from the stereotypes of love, of gender.
Instead of getting the stereotypes, we really get to experience *LOVE* for what it truly is: an intense emotion. Rather than worrying if the boy is going to "stand up" the girl, or the girl is going to be late, Winterson analyzes love by tissue. By the body. By the spirit.
So many books have tried to tell love stories, whether it be a Disney Cinderella, or a Dickens Pip and Estella. But they have not succeeded completely, impeded, stopped by the normal beliefs of everyday society.
Rather than boring the life out of anyone that reads this review, I'll stop at this, the first line of the book:
"Why is the measure of love loss?"
Tell me, do you know? Either way, you should read this book and truly experience love in a way you never thought possible: with purity.
So says Winterson's Narrator at one point in the story about his/her transgressions when it comes to his/her married lovers. This is an attitude that is not carried into completion in the book, as it later becomes very obvious that infidelity is infinitely difficult...when you find the right woman.
But I jump aside of myself, let me start from the beginning, and talk about Winterson's Hero/heroine.
The Narrator in the story is a nameless, genderless character, but when it comes to emotional morality this character knows exactly what is right vs. what is wrong. However, that does not stop him/her from being unethical, and having few qualms about it. This is proven in the way he/she continues to become entangled in these attractions and relationships with involved or married people. Whether this is something the narrator is aware of is uncertain, but it makes for a wonderful foundation to this tremendous story of love and loss.
After numerous failed relationships the narrator becomes involved with a married woman named Louise. Louise is a stunning Titian beauty married to a man who is, quite literally, married to his work. He needs her for little, as he gets most of his sexual gratification elsewhere, so when she decides to become involved with the Narrator it is of little surprise that she informs her husband of this.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just finished reading this. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Why has this been sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust? This is so private, so intimate it got underneath my skin. Read morePublished 1 month ago by arianna
This book is about love, relationships, loss, and with a light of hope at the end. I keep going back to ready certain verses that speaks of my own experience or fantasies.Published 4 months ago by Henri
I don't care for romance novels, but wow... I read this book for a class and it is by far one of my favorite. Winterson has a way with words. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Erica
Jeanette Wintersonis an incredible writer. I enjoyed the book very much, especially trying to analyze the gender of the narrator. Read morePublished 8 months ago by martha
This book gives me the feels. You'll have to read it yourself to know which ones. Jeannette Winterson is a masterful writer, if a bit rambling at times.Published 11 months ago by J. Carter