'Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn't matter what'
This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts.
At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender,
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.
'Witty… extraordinary and exhilarating' The Times
'She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides' Vanity Fair
'Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language... In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming' Evening Standard
'A novel that deserves revisiting' Observer
'A wonderful rites-of-passage novel' Mariella Frostrup
Jeanette Winterson OBE was born in Manchester. Adopted by Pentecostal parents she was raised to be a missionary. This did and didn’t work out.
Discovering early the power of books she left home at 16 to live in a Mini and get on with her education. After graduating from Oxford University she worked for a while in the theatre and published her first novel at 25.
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is based on her own upbringing but using herself as a fictional character. She scripted the novel into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. 27 years later she re-visited that material in the bestselling memoir
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? She has written 10 novels for adults, as well as children’s books, non-fiction and screenplays. She writes regularly for the
Guardian. She lives in the Cotswolds in a wood and in Spitalfields, London.
She believes that art is for everyone and it is her mission to prove it.
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Mount Desert, ME am 27.12.2008
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch
Nach wie vor mein Lieblingsbuch von J. Winterson ist "The Passion" und danach kommen "Sexing the Cherry" and "Oranges are not the Only Fruit". Mir gefällt der Erzählstil und die Fantasie in den Büchern von Winterson.
An odyssey through intolerance and religion
von mi-chan aus Köln am 27.03.2008
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch
'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit' is a touching story about Jeannette, a young woman who tries to arrange her sexual preference for women with her life inside a strict Christian sect. The book is written with Jeannette as a first person narrator and tells more or less her life from her early childhood to the day, she returns home...
'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit' is a touching story about Jeannette, a young woman who tries to arrange her sexual preference for women with her life inside a strict Christian sect. The book is written with Jeannette as a first person narrator and tells more or less her life from her early childhood to the day, she returns home, after she had been casted out for her deviant sexuality.
The narration is especially close to the end laced with two different stories, that of Sir Parceval on his journey to find the Holy Grail and that of Winnet, a girl who has some dealings with a wizard of some sorts.
The language is easily understood, nothing to fancy. But the more time passes within the narration, the more difficult gets it to follow all the things happening in Jeannette's life, especially since some parts are simply omitted. It was also rather hard to imagine when the story was supposed to take place - ultimately my bet may be some time after the second world war, maybe mid fifties, early sixties? And well, in my humble opinion, there was just too much religion and religious motivated restrictions. I know I wouldn't have stood this much.